Een samenvatting van dertig jaar wetenschappelijk onderzoek naar de (in-)effectiviteit van diversiteitstraining:

 

“An empirical literature was built up measuring the effectiveness of diversity-related training programs. The picture that has emerged is not very flattering.”

“not only is the training ineffective, it is often counterproductive.“

“they do not increase diversity in the workplace, they do not reduce harassment or discrimination, they do not lead to greater intergroup cooperation and cohesion – consequently, they do not increase productivity.”

“For instance, an empirical investigation of ‘white privilege’ training found that it did nothing to make participants more sympathetic to minorities – it just increased resentment towards lower-income whites.”

“By articulating various stereotypes associated with particular groups, emphasizing the salience of those stereotypes, and then calling for their suppression, they often end up reinforcing them in participants’ minds.”

“For others, the very fact that the company has diversity-related training is proof that it is a non-biased institution. This perception often reduces concerns about bias and discrimination. As a consequence, people not only become more likely to act in more biased ways, but they also react with increased skepticism and hostility when colleagues claim to have been discriminated against.”

“participants come to view colleagues from historically marginalized groups as fragile and easily offended. As a result, members of the dominant group become less likely to try to build relationships or collaborate with people from minority populations.”

“Mandatory training causes people to engage with the materials and exercises in the wrong frame of mind: adversarial and resentful. Consequently, mandatory training often leads to more negative feelings and behaviors, both towards the company and minority co-workers.”

Kortom, allemaal uitkomsten die je met een beetje boerenverstand makkelijk kunt voorspellen.

 

Bron:

Diversity is Important. Diversity-Related Training is Terrible.

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