May 03, 2006

I guess it is an issue.

I just got back from a business trip to Chicago. I’ve been there since Monday, hence the complete lack of posting. Work sent me for a class on diversity. (IE don’t discriminate against people different then you.) It was painfully evident after the first couple of hours that this class was misnamed. It should have been called, “If you are a non-disabled white heterosexual male 30-55, you have everything handed to you awareness class.” The class of 25 had a good mix of people in age, race, religion and gender. I’d throw in sexual orientation, but I don’t know what everyone’s was.

This class did more damage then good. That’s not just my opinion, but also that of at least 10 others that took the class. The class came across as saying that even though now you don’t look at race, age or gender when making decisions; you need to start. If you have four people applying for a job, it doesn’t matter who is the best qualified for the position. If they all meet the minimum requirement for the position, you need to then look at what race/gender/age you need to make your employees more diversified.

My jaw about hit the table. I’ve always been a person that didn’t look at race, gender, age or anything else like that. When I assigned tasks, jobs or gave a promotion I based it on who was the best for the job. Who was the most qualified, who would be able to do the work. Apparently I was wrong. I’m supposed to make sure I have a mix of employees. Thus the next time I do promotions since I don’t have a male employee, if one puts in for it and just barely makes the minimum requirements, I should promote them over anyone else. I’m sorry, that’s bullshite! I don’t care if the person is an albino Creole homosexual missing two legs and an eye. If they are the best qualified for the job, they get it.

Apparently, I’m wrong. It’s not about who is best qualified, it’s about what race, gender, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation who gets the job. I’m very disappointed in my company right now. Here I thought I worked for a company that none of that mattered. A company that valued the employee for ability, skill and knowledge over anything else.

I hate being wrong.

Posted by Contagion in Tales from the Work Place at May 3, 2006 06:51 PM | TrackBack

YOU're not wrong, THEY are.

Here's a little trick I learned:

"Why did you hire Bill Smith over Susan Djello?"
"Oh, Bill is the last descendant of a rare oppressed tribe of nordic Nimrods, whose skin color is really a pale blue, and mixed breeding has made him pinkish. Very rare. Very highly sought after minority"

"Excellent! Keep me posted on how this works out"

I hate the kind of BS that makes this happen, I really do. Kudos for not tossing a caber at them.

Posted by: og at May 3, 2006 08:56 PM

PC crap - hate it! I am so proud of you for not taking out the person running this piece of garbage.

Heh - I would almost be of a mind to write the CEO of the company and ask him/her why you have to take classes telling you to find and promote barely qualified people at the expense of a well qualified person, or does he/she not care about the quality of the work being done. Sheesh! I would also say I felt discriminated against in the class and are considering a class action lawsuit. LOL.

Posted by: Teresa at May 3, 2006 09:37 PM

Welcome to the Automotive World! This has been going on for at least 6 years now and it is what is giving women a bad name.

It's "diversity" that is promoting people who don't deserve it, they don't know anything and then people look at them and generalize that women don't know anything and only get where they are because they have boobs.

Pisses me off to no end, because I have gotten where I am due to my knowledge, education and experience. I have not gotten where I am because of diversity or my boobs.


Posted by: Quality Weenie at May 4, 2006 06:52 AM

Yep, welcome to the new America where on the outside they tell you race/gender/sexual orientation is a non-issue when on the inside, "to make up for past wrongs" or "to create a diverse workplace that mirrors the outside world" we have to use it. Gott forbid you use it wrong though, cause that'll git ya sued!

Posted by: oddybobo at May 4, 2006 07:51 AM

Yep. I see it every day. I hate it.

Fight. Fight it. It should be about what you can do not where you come from!!!

Posted by: Tammi at May 4, 2006 08:18 AM

Welcome to the new world order.

Diversity for diversity's sake blows goats.

Posted by: Ogre at May 4, 2006 11:45 AM

I can tell you exactly why they have this policy in one word: Money.

How many white, heterosexual men have won multi-million dollar discrimination suits lately?

**crickets chirping**

When juries stop awarding huge sums of cash to disgruntled employees who scream that they were passed up for promotion because they are (insert non-white, non-male characteristic here) most of this PC bullshit will go away.

Scratch that, the people filing complaints don't even have to win. Avoiding the legal fees involved in fighting their suits is reason enough for companies to institute this kind of tripe.

That's why your cajun, stmpy, turd spelunking, pasty white popeye is always going to have nearly untouchable job security.

Posted by: Graumagus at May 4, 2006 12:43 PM

Oh crap. I *hate* PC BS. Hate it.

Posted by: Richmond at May 4, 2006 02:36 PM