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Our friend Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, has kicked up quite a storm with her recent piece citing research that questions the effectiveness of diversity training. Maybe it’s the provocative title: Why you should stop attending diversity training. Or maybe it’s the tagline from the Peter Bergman article from Psychology Today that Suzanne quotes: “Diversity training doesn’t extinguish prejudice. It promotes it.” Or maybe the suggestions she makes for alternatives to diversity training are rubbing people the wrong way. She thinks that everyone should be treated “nicely and fairly” and that individuals in the workplace should not “look to be offended.” Don’t believe that anyone would actually take offense at those suggestions? Read the comments on Suzanne’s piece. Apparently, the objectives of diversity training are so noble that the actual results delivered don’t matter. To question diversity training is to be opposed to diversity itself, even though both Bergman…

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This week we discuss a a hot topic for organizations — diversity. Our guest has an interesting approach to diversity  — he helps organizations understand diversity from the standpoint of the business value that it brings. How different would the business landscape look if companies began pursuing diversity not as a means of staying in compliance (that is, staying out of trouble) but rather as a way of achieving their key objectives, including the bottom line? About Our Guest Oilid Mountassar is the founder of Diversee, a management consulting firm which supports international corporations and medium size companies, leveraging 6 Sigma and other performance and business improvement tools into diversity management. Diversee’s approach puts performance at the center, so that diversity and inclusion become enablers of the company’s strategic goals. Prior to Diversee, Oilid served as regional manager for Cummins inc. in Middle East and Africa, responsible for sales and…

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The cartoon that accompanied yesterday’s TR Podcast posting has kicked off quite a debate in the comments about the appropriateness of the use of the word “retarded,” with some pretty round condemnations of one commenter’s perceived hypersensitivity and PC agenda.Read More…

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I wrote recently about testimony before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concerning the growing practice of many companies to exclude the unemployed from consideration when hiring. This practice is discriminatory and short-sighted, as well as being bad business. But should it be illegal?Read More…

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Georgianna Meléndez joins us to discuss the Commonwealth Compact. The Compact is an agreement among approximately 200 Massachusetts organizations designed to address diversity issues through:

1. Making a serious commitment to diversity
2. Participating in ongoing workforce benchmarking

This unique diversity program does not involve quotas or other top-down injunctions for addressing diversity gaps. The benchmarking exercise is about gathering the data and letting the facts speak for themselves.Read More…