See the first post in this series for an introduction to the negative stereotypes behind bad and ugly gossip.
If you use negative stereotypes about people who are different from you, you are inviting everyone who hears you to use negative stereotypes about you. Below are some of the negative stereotypes other people could use about you in your workplace.
I add stereotypes as I come across them.
New stereotype examples in each category are underlined.
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People who do their jobs well
trying to get coworkers in trouble
time of the month
Half White / Half Black
Performs better than Black
less happy with success
less likely to maintain a steady relationship
Women are seen as unsuitable for management positions
when their hair is long, curly, extreme in color, in the face,
fastened with barrettes and ribbons
when they wear extreme amounts and colors of makeup,
soft or tight sweaters, low necklines, ruffled blouses,
dangling or ostentatious jewelry, and don’t wear a jacket
when they are attractive
should be trophy wife instead of career woman
interested in sex
should smile at everyone
threat to management self-interest
Feminine dressing women
low managerial skills
low interest in work
overemotional in critical decision making
dependent on the influences of others
flirtatious in social relations
Successful / career black women
Women who use the title Ms.
Women who use the titles Miss or Mrs.
lacking personality characteristics of a successful middle manager
less than committed to the job
don’t perform well
not valuable or dependable as a worker
lower productivity levels
less flexible in their behavior
unable to learn new skills
prone to job-related accidents
shell shocked soldiers are neurotically susceptible and infantile
interested in human weakness
chew up private lives for entertainment
Men who work in stereotypical female professions
taking a step down
receive preferential treatment for hiring and promotion
— a glass escalator
gay (which assumes that being gay is bad)
Male social workers
Male elementary school teachers
failures as men
ineligible for jobs
need to be compensated with huge sums of money to
motivate them to do their jobs well
subverters of justice
look for loopholes
menace on the highway
Low income workers
will not be motivated by higher salaries to do their jobs well
or work harder
will only be motivated by the threat of their jobs being moved
Giving raises, health care, and retirement benefits to workers
will increase inflation
squeeze profit margins
end economic prosperity
Giving stock options, bonuses, and multimillion dollar salaries to CEOs
will lower inflation
increase profit margins
lead to economic prosperity
dangers to businesses damaging to career of fellow workers
masters of deceit
In general women workers are stereotyped as
not good as leaders
incapable of assertiveness
having less authority
being deviant for showing competence and assertiveness
being deviant for interrupting a man
too emotional to do important work
In general women’s work is stereotyped as
needing to be rejected
ignored or unrecognized
inferior to men’s work
Because of the stereotypes, employed women experience
lower performance evaluations
less approval for efforts and more disapproval of efforts
less credit for their work
When men succeed on the job, the stereotyped reasons include
the ability and talents of the men
When women succeed on the job, the stereotyped reasons include
unstable or external causes
When men fail on the job, the stereotyped reasons include
lack of effort
a difficult situation
When women fail on the job, the stereotyped reasons include
lack of talent and ability
are concerns for women
research on the impact of parental work
focuses on the mother having a job or the father losing a job
Points to Ponder about Men in the Workplace
Men in women’s fields enjoy a glass escalator of preferential treatment for hiring and promotion and are over represented in managerial positions. But choosing a career in a traditionally female field means you’ll face stereotypes of failure and criminality.
Points to Ponder about Women in the Workplace
If you are a woman, be careful to never use any of the negative stereotypes about women in the workplace against other women. If you do, you will be giving permission to everyone else to:
Pay you less
Lower your job performance evaluations
Pass you over for promotions
Deny you opportunities
Deny you power
Deny you resources
Deny you autonomy
Denying approval for your efforts while disapproving your
Put you under more pressure
Be less accommodating with you
Be less cooperative with you
Interrupt you more
Deny you authority
Deny you respect
Deny you credit for your work
Points to Ponder about Pay & Benefits
Did you notice the following?
Money and benefits supposedly motivate CEOs but not the
workers that keep the company going.
Raises for CEOs supposedly benefit the economy but raises
for ordinary workers supposedly harm the economy.
Secretaries cannot be motivated by raises but are materialistic
while CEOs need big pay raises to be motivated but are not
Perhaps we should ask the CEOs who get the top pay and benefits to explain why programs that give money to the poor have created so many benefits that dozens of countries have those programs.
1. What’s happening?
2. Why is it important?
3. What don’t I see?
4. How do I know?
5. Who is saying it?
6. What else? What if?
Stereotype Thinking Questions
1. What is threatening my beliefs?
2. How can I make it unimportant?
3. What can I reject?
4. What can I laugh at?
5. How can I attack people who threaten my beliefs?
6. How can I deflect?
The stereotype thinking questions are mine, based on my observations of stereotype thinkers.
Online workshop that provides strategies to chip away stereotypes in both professional and personal relationships:
“After participating in the gossip power presentation, I know I now have a better plan to be more effective in understanding how gossip affects every area of a person’s personal and professional life. Using her strategies on gossip power and gossip ears I feel I will be better able to navigate these areas both inside and outside the office. Paula does a great job, using both scientific research and personal anecdotes and examples, to develop strategies for turning the power of gossip into positives for anyone attending her presentation. I left energized and excited about her message and what I learned and am definitely looking forward to learning more at her glass ceiling presentation.“
Paula is a fabulous motivational speaker. Not only does she speak on positivity, but she conducts webinars on gossip and how to get out of the trap!! She is very knowledgeable, professional and inspirational! I love Paula’s talks and webinars! She mentors women to bring out their best and believe in themselves! Thank you for all that you! The world needs you right now!
Paula M. Kramer
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