I Have a Gripe

January 18, 2011

Counts vs. Quotas

Filed under: General Annoyances — alvb1227 @ 11:21 pm
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So I just saw a segment on my local news about a new book out called Women Count: A Guide to Changing the World. They also highlighted a company that has taken great steps to recruit, retain and promote women. I have to tell you, this bugs me. Yes, I am a woman and yes, this bugs me.

Businesses should look to recruit, retain and promote all employees. Not just women. Not just minorities. Not just to meet some quota. Should business be a reflection of society whenever possible (in a positive sense, that is)? Yes. However, we shouldn’t say “well, we need to hire one woman for every man” or “we need to promote one minority for every Anglo.” It should simple be “we need to hire or promote the right PERSON.”

This also means that those in charge shouldn’t act like a “boy’s club” or whatever other type of club. They should be gender and color blind when making personnel decisions. The fact that we as a society have to have gender or race quotas to try and level the playing field shows that we are in a sad state of affairs.

So, I say programs that promote one gender or race over another do not work. While the intentions may be admirable, it only creates potential animosity between colleagues and questions as to why a person was really hired or promoted. It doesn’t bring out the best in people. It can bring out distrust, and create a poor workplace morale.

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