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Your Attitude Is Showing: A Primer of Human Relations, Tenth Edition by Elwood N. Chapman, Sharon Lund O’Neil

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Age Differences

The new employee who is young, capable, and ambitious is faced with a peculiar challenge in most organizations. And it doesn’t take long for the challenge to occur. You hear it expressed in many ways:

“I could have had that last promotion if I had had more seniority.”

“Everyone in this company has age, seniority, or experience beyond mine. I’ll never get a chance. I’m wasting my time and ability. I won’t get a chance to show what I can do until I’m thirty.”

“I think I’ll grow a mustache, so I’ll at least appear older.”

Many employees between the ages of eighteen and thirty consider their youth a handicap. Some feel that they must put in time to reach a certain age level before they will be given a chance to demonstrate their ...

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