posted by jmog
Working with is not the same as working for, hope that helps.
Again, you haven't worked for one of these companies if you don't understand the vast waste of time and money most of these programs are, they are a huge resource sink hole.
I am not even saying they have bad intentions or are bad people, most of them are great and are really trying to do good and believe in their ideology. But that's a shit ton of salaries in a department that doesn't change anything other than making everyone else go through monthly or quarterly DEI training, which is ALWAYS repetitive (same shit we saw last quarter).
So my company has over 66,000 employees world wide. Thats roughly 250,000 man hours of DEI training each and every year which basically boils down to "don't treat people like shit, be nice to everyone" which every human being already knows. We all know you don't act like a fool at work if you want to keep working.
So if the average hourly wage from low end to CEO is $40/hr (probably close for us) that's $10,000,000 per year used up on DEI training on top of whatever all of the DEI employees make year round.
I'm not saying that is a total loss, because sure, maybe a couple people didn't know they shouldn't be an asshole or that they couldn't pass up someone for a promotion just because they are black, but in 2023 that is like 1 person in that 66,000 employees.
Do you guys have a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer? We're about 5000 employees and have recently added that title to our leadership team. Not saying I agree or disagree with it, but it now exists. We also have a VP of ESG.
The DEI stuff at our place hasn't been terrible. I don't think anything has been mandatory, but they do bribe you with points that can increase the company contribution to your health savings, etc. My wife is dealing with it at the University level and it seems to be the kind of joke you would expect at a large state school.