Posted BY: John Green
The diversity industry is a collection of consultants and trainers who make wild claims about business practices because they fit the diversity, equity, and inclusion narrative. They assert that diversity in the workforce is good for business. According to them, the presence of differing life experiences in the workforce enhances creativity, provides better customer service, and improves the bottom line. Executive leadership can’t go wrong by checking some intersectionality boxes with their employee placement. It’s a path to instant success.
Does that sound like a load of garbage to you, too? Corporate CEOs have been paying for that baloney sandwich for years. Businesswire estimates that corporate and government managers spent $9.3 billion on diversity and inclusion “help” in 2022. The industry is expected to grow to $15.4 billion in the next three years. Keeping people divided into categories is big business.
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Apparently, Ivy League training hasn’t taught business leaders that employees with better skills will outperform employees with worse skills but more diversity — every time. Just look at professional sports. Are players drafted for their diversity or their skill? Coaches know the truth even if business executives don’t.