Dedication to diversity can be a liability in the workplace, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Colorado found that women and non-whites executives who push for women and non-whites to be hired and promoted suffer when it comes to their own performance reviews. A woman who shepherds women up the ranks, for example, is perceived as less warm, while a non-white who promotes diversity is perceived as less competent. Both end up being rated less highly by their bosses, according to the paper, which is set to be presented at an Academy of Management conference next month.
“Women can lean in and try to bridge the confidence gap all they want, but they’re going to be penalized for advocating for other women, just like non-whites are,” said David Hekman, an author of the study and an assistant professor of management at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.
Often, having women or minorities atop a company is perceived as a marker of progress for diversity efforts, but Hekman’s research suggests their presence might not have a large impact on the rest of the organization. If they believe it’s too risky to advocate for their own groups, it makes sense that successful women and non-white leaders would end up surrounded by white males in the executive suite, he said.
White men, on the other hand, actually got a bump in their performance review scores from valuing diversity, he added.
The researchers also conducted an experiment where actors, playing company leaders, gave a speech advocating for their firms to hire someone who either looked like them or did not look like them. When female actors read from a pro-diversity script, study participants rated them as colder, and when non-white actors read from a pro-diversity script, they were rated as less competent.
Hekman said he believes the negative stereotyping is a result of perceived self-interest.
“People are perceived as selfish when they advocate for someone who looks like them, unless they’re a white man,” he said.
Or are they?
I mean, it could be an ingenious way for the Cathedral to ensure that upper management remains much the same as it ever was, provided everyone pays lip service to proper SWPL prog ideology, of course…
In which case, then, the Jizzabellers bitching about this would merely be useful idiots, tools of the Establishment playing shrieking extremists, while Alpha white men promoting diversity would look moderate by comparison…