Intergenerational Cooperation and Stereotypes in Relation to Age in the Working Environment


The problem of intergenerational cooperation in the workplace is becoming increasingly important, especially because of the ageing workforce. The article presents the issue of companies facing the challenge of changing a work environment that has to be tailored to the characteristics of each individual generation in the workplace. Generational differences and similarities are explained in more detail, especially in relation to work, followed by a consideration of stereotypes and age discrimination in the work environment. The article illustrates the problem of stereotypes related to age at a selected company. In focus groups we found several positive as well as negative stereotypes regarding age in the workplace, which we use in a research questionnaire especially designed for this study. The questionnaire was completed by 394 employees, and the results used to provide answers to the following research questions: Are there stereotypes within the company about the characteristics of different generations? And do different generations have different foundations regarding the company’s expected attitudes towards their work? The results show that in the focal company there are mostly positive stereotypes regarding age. We also found out that there are no significant differences between the different generations regarding the company’s expected attitudes towards their work. The respondents of all ages expected these attitudes to be based on similar foundations.

Author Biography

Danijela Brečko, University of Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia

Danijela Brečko has been the executive director at Sofos, the Institute for Knowledge Management and Talent Development since 2014. She finished a PhD in the University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Arts), where she previously obtained a master's degree in adult personal development. She is assistant professor for management at MLC Ljubljana – Faculty of Management and Law, assistant professor of education and human resources management at Doba Faculty and assistant professor – guest lecturer at Faculty of Arts – Department for Pedagogy and Andragogy. Her research work is focused mainly on human resources management and career development. She participates in international research projects with the researchers from EMCC Global, Atiner from Greece, People Management Institute from Prague. Since 2016, she has been leading the national project Organizational Energy, where she co-ordinate 16 development partners.


How to Cite
Brečko, D. (2021). Intergenerational Cooperation and Stereotypes in Relation to Age in the Working Environment. Changing Societies & Personalities, 5(1), 103–125. doi:10.15826/csp.2021.5.1.124