Background Information

As some of you may know, we are undertaking an exciting new project! We will be publishing our second book in the Fall of 2019 on the topic of women’s relationships with other women in the workplace. We became fascinated by this subject given the large numbers of questions we get about women working with women at most of the workshops we give across the country.

Over the next few months, we’d like to ask you some questions through surveys to help us untangle this complex and fascinating subject. This first survey addresses the work relationships between women of different generations — one of many topics we will be exploring in depth. We hope you will take five minutes to fill out the following survey and share it with a friend or two! All information is confidential and will be reviewed only in the aggregate.

Although the survey is designed for women, men are free to share their perspectives as well.

General Demographics


Gender:
Age bracket:
I work in:
I feel a generational age gap in the workplace is about _________ younger or older than me.

Survey


 


The following questions are on a 7-point scale, where 1 means “I do not agree with this” and 7 is “I strongly agree with this.” Please answer the following questions with your above definition of a generational age gap in mind. We’ve provided a comment section after each statement to allow you to elaborate if you’d like, but it is not required.


I regularly interact with women I consider to be generationally older than me in my workplace.
I regularly interact with women I consider to be generationally younger than me in my workplace.
I have experienced or witnessed damaging or negative relationships with women in the workplace that I believe were due to differences in generational perspectives.
I have experienced or witnessed positive relationships with women in the workplace that I believe were due to differences in generational perspectives.
I have been helped or mentored in my career by women older than me.
I have been helped or mentored in my career by women younger than me.
Women managers in my organization favor employees closer to their own age than other women.

Following is a list of often-cited generational stereotypes. Please indicate on the same 7-point scale how much you agree or disagree with each statement:


 

Younger women do not think they need to pay their dues before advancement.
Older women do not understand the workplace is changing and that they don’t reflect the new values and norms.
Younger women negatively affect working relationships with older women by breaking the cultural norms of my organization.
Older women in my organization are not as technologically proficient as younger women and this impedes their ability to do the job well.
Older women with family responsibilities expect me or other colleagues to cover their time/workload.
Younger women with family responsibilities expect me or other colleagues to cover their time/workload.
Older women in the organization have a more judgmental attitude towards younger women.
Younger women in the organization have a more judgmental attitude towards older women.
Older women in the organization think younger women should support them just because they are women.
Younger women in the organization think older women should support them just because they are women.
Older women in the organization are more competitive about their next promotion than younger women.
Younger women in the organization are more competitive about their next promotion than older women.
Younger women don’t understand the sacrifices older women have made to pave the way for younger women.
Older women in my workplace are afraid younger women are after their jobs, so are less supportive than they should be.
Younger women act too feminine and flirty in the workplace.
Older women think they are the fashion police.

The remaining questions relate to your own preferences and opinions. Use the same scale of 1 to 7 to indicate how much you agree or disagree.


I prefer working with younger women.
I prefer working with older women.
My career has been impeded by older women.
My career has been impeded by younger women.
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