Study: Having a Younger Supervisor Can Hurt Morale, Performance

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Nov 29, 2016
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A recent study from the Journal of Organizational Behavior has found that workers in companies where there are more younger managers of older employees had more negative emotions on the job, which translates into a penalty to financial and organizational performance, according to The Washington Post. However, not all companies experience this effect: the study found that it only happens if the older subordinate actually expresses these negative feelings toward their supervisor. The study, according to the abstract, says that the effect is "neutralized if emotions are suppressed." The study's authors, according to The Post, said that one of the reasons having a younger supervisor makes people more prone to negative emotions is that the relationship can make them feel like they have failed to keep pace career-wise. 

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