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Too Old to Be Included: Age Diversity Statements Increase Diversity but Not Inclusion

Oriana De Saint Priest, Franciska Krings and Claudia Toma

No 24-006, Working Papers CEB from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: Older employees often face discrimination and exclusion from work teams. In two scenario studies, we tested the impact of age diversity statements on the representation and inclusion of older employees in teams. In Study 1 (N= 304), participants were either exposed to a diversity statement or not, before selecting two teammates out of a list of four differing in age and gender for a project team. Then, we measured participants’ inclusive behavior towards a new older member joining this team. Age diversity statements were effective in boosting representation, but not inclusion. In Study 2 (N= 518), we further manipulated the content of the statement (diversity or diversity and inclusion) and the organizational motive (reputation or change). We replicated the effects of diversity statements on representation and additionally found an effect on inclusive behaviors, but only when the statement targeted diversity and inclusion while reflecting an organizational commitment to change.

Date: 2024-03-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-age, nep-exp and nep-fle
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