Monday, April 30, 2007

[obvious] Employee diversity training doesn't work

Companies try all sorts of things to attract and promote minorities and women. They hire organizational psychologists. They staff booths at diversity fairs. They host dim-sum brunches and salsa nights. The most popular--and expensive--approach is diversity training, or workshops to teach executives to embrace the benefits of a diverse staff. Too bad it doesn't work.

A groundbreaking new study by three sociologists shows that diversity training has little to no effect on the racial and gender mix of a company's top ranks.

Studies show that any training generates a backlash and that mandatory diversity training in particular may even activate a bias. Read the full article here.