It is a fact that practically every person has stereotypical views of others who might be different in skin colour, culture, economic background, etc.
In today’s changing environment such views and attitudes are no longer acceptable especially when our society and the workplace are becoming much more culturally diverse.
But where do stereotypical views originate? Often it is our family, friends, peers and our own personal experiences. In addition, it is the media that often portrays people in a demeaning manner. And many members of the society often take it as face value without validating the information.
Next time you have stereotypical views of other people who are different than you, ask yourself the following questions.
- Where did I get these views?
- How did I get them?
- How can I be sure it is true?
- What can I do to change my perception?
Stereotypical views often are not true and if we continue to hold on to them, then they became weapons of destruction. In the workplace it can be detrimental and lead to low morale. Other times to litigation which no employer wants.