Study Finds Diversity Toll

Rachel Feintzeig, Wall Street Journal, July 23, 2014

Dedication to diversity can be a liability in the workplace, according to a study at the University of Colorado.

Researchers there found that women and nonwhite executives who push for women and nonwhites 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 nonwhite 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 nonwhites 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 Dr. 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 nonwhite leaders would end up surrounded by white males in the executive suite, he said.

Dr. Hekman and two colleagues examined a pool of 362 executives, including CEOs, vice presidents and directors from industries such as banking, consumer products and food. They found that executives who ranked in the top 15% on a scale of dedication to diversity received an average performance rating of 3.76. Moving down on the pro-diversity behavior scale correlated to an increase in performance review ratings. A woman who ranked at the average of the diversity scale yielded a performance rating of 3.98, while scoring in the bottom 15% on the diversity scale pushed the performance rating to 4.15, a 10% increase from those who ranked at the top of the diversity scale, according to Dr. Hekman.

White men, on the other hand, actually got a bump in their performance review scores from valuing diversity, he added.


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  • A woman who shepherds women up the ranks

    Because of Queen Bee Syndrome, there aren’t that many of those.

    • ncpride

      You hit the nail squarely on the head with that comment. I know, I’ve been there, done that. These people like to whine on and on about women being treated…less in the work place by MEN, but every female I’ve worked under was a conniving, backstabbing, sabotaging, two-faced piece of work who was terrified I would do a better job than her, thus replace her. It was a no win situation, as it was their job to train me. I quit after a few years and have never looked back.

      • There’s also what I like to call Reverse Queen Bee Syndrome. Women prevent other women from getting ahead for three reasons: One, they know that the women who do get ahead will start engaging in regular Queen Bee Syndrome, and two, the women keeping other women from getting ahead want to be the ones to get ahead, and three, crabs in a bucket.

        You saw this in 2007, when so many high level elected women Democrats were very early endorsers of Barack Obama instead of Hillary Clinton. Reverse Queen Bee Syndrome. It’s also why if she does win the Democrat nomination in 2016, her running mate will NOT be a woman, and if she wins the Presidency, left to her own devices, she won’t have one woman in her cabinet. Regular Queen Bee Syndrome.

        • RisingReich

          I’ve seen this also. The minute a woman gets a nice title she starts looking immediately for potential competitors to eliminate. Usually other women, (right or wrong) end up squarely at the top of said list.

        • LHathaway

          What the hell are you talking about? Reading your post almost lowered my IQ as much as reading the original story. No on bats 1,000 %, I guess.

          My crazy comment for the day is completed. . .

      • kikz2

        i remember one, i had to train, then she promptly got rid of me… i detest women bosses… i won’t go thru that again.. ever…

      • One of my mother’s good friends was eventually promoted over her at the bank where the two of them worked, and immediately turned into one of the two-faced backstabbers you described.

    • kikz2

      never known one.. they do however keep minions……..

  • Publius Pompilius Quitus

    White men who promote diversity either are so feeble-minded that they actually believe the propaganda or are looking for a cause to feel morally superior to others. The latter is the most frustrating sort of people. It is not noble or good to forsake countless generations of kin before you and countless generations that will yet come. Alas, this need for moral affirmation is very permissive in our people as always has been.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Whites who promote diversity in their own communities and places of work are promoting their own ethnic cleansing and race replacement. They’re not morally superior, just stupid. Whites who force other whites to put up with diversity, while not having to put up with it themselves, aren’t stupid, they’re just evil.

      • Jesse_from_Sweden

        One little irony of that is that it’s a good career move to be pro-diversity if you are in a management position.
        So the question might be how many of those who receive a high rating the diversity pushing department really believe in it and how many are simply doing it as part of career politics.

      • Hammerstrike

        They’re not morally superior, just stupid.

        They two are not mutually exclusive. Stupid with a righteous attitude.

    • Blaak Obongo

      You’re so right. Since WWII, the controlled governmedia have done a bang-up job of convincing White amerikans that their highest and noblest goal is suicidal self-sacrifice. Every time I encounter this sickness, I despair. They are living in a constantly-reinforced world of media illusion which only the most catastrophic collision with reality can hope to dent. How do we break through the relentless governmedia indoctrination? I don’t know, but I see it as our greatest challenge. Hopefully someone cleverer than I will find a way to make this our #1 priority.

    • propagandaoftruth

      “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 nonwhites 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.

      Penalized? Are they being penalized for this? Causality anyone?

  • CalMark

    Interesting that white men who value diversity got a bump up in their performance scores. I don’t think I could fake something like that. It would take years of acting lessons.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      I think you overestimate the evaluative skills of corporate America when it comes to human resources (the people, not the field).

      • HE2

        In my experience, HR help is often mostly female, and where large companies, including hospitals, like to plant their “diversity.” Never met a HR employee I liked. That includes sharing a table in the cafeteria.

        • Usually Much Calmer

          I’m sorry to have been so unclear, HE2.

          Human Resources the field, the department, the title, is not what I was referring to.

          I was referring to a firm’s resources that are people, employees.

          The methods and the manner in which management understands the value of employees and potential employees are out of whack.

          I apologize for my lack of clarity.

          • One company I worked for fired or drove out all its best engineers. Brad had a house and extended family here, but quit in disgust to work for Motorola. I quit in 1997 and never went back. Jeff was fired in 1998 and Joe in 1999. Of the four of us, Joe and I are the only ones still living in Colorado Springs; neither of us want to leave town, so we weren’t attractive prospects for corporate headhunters.

            Sometimes management consists of total idiots. That company is now on drip-feed, with only a couple Phase-One SBIRs from DARPA.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            Yeah, I think this is fairly common. I call it the ‘cool hand luke’ phenom.

            I think its why invaders are actually preferred as workers to the natives.

            No one wants to be Cool Hand Luke’s boss or even have him in the org. It is so much easier to manage the rest of the prison without him. Only problem is, Cool Hand Lukes make the world, the rest just live in it. It’s a short sightedness that we will eventually recognize like everything else. We learn without even trying.

            I’m a big fan of yours, MCS.

          • HE2

            No problem, Usually. My lapse; I did not see your last clarifying statement.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            No, my bad.

            Saying something and being clear are two different things!

    • willbest

      A white male preaching diversity is just bragging that he can do whatever it is with one hand tied behind his back.

    • Olorin

      I’ve known at least six diversity-valuing males who were gaming the system with it. They also sucked up to Queen Bees, so I did everything I could ever to avoid encountering or having to work with them. Anyone who could dissemble at multiple levels like this is not someone I want in my daily life.

      In academe, that kind of male was always in sociology, political science, or psychology IME. In other words, politics over substance.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    If they are using irrelevant criteria instead of performance on the job to evaluate employees then they ARE less competent. Diversity is another word for prejudice.

    • Oil Can Harry

      This study also confirms that “progressives” who play the race and sexism cards are often loudmouths trying to put management on the defensive so they won’t be canned due to their own ineptitude.

  • MekongDelta69

    Whoa – another [high-price, useless] ‘study’:
    Dedication to diversity can be a liability in the workplace.

    WOW – Who knew?!

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      More diversity means more incompetence, more stupidity, more infighting, but less productivity. If you want to destroy a successful company, make it more diverse.

      • exlib93

        Just look at any federal or state run operation.

      • TruthBeTold

        Diversity breeds distrust. Everyone is on edge.

      • Atheist Realist

        not true. What if one had a large WASP, Asian, Jewish workforce. Its not diversity, its NAMs

        • Einsatzgrenadier

          Wrong. The higher the degree of genetic relatedness, the higher the degree of in-group favoritism and altruistic kinship behavior. This means that (a) people prefer to be around those who share the same genes and (b) people work best around those who share the same genes. When whites are demographically overwhelmed by aliens including east Asians, they naturally self-segregate by moving to places where they can re-assert their majority status. Otherwise, whites will be gradually driven out of the workforce by colonizing nonwhite foreigners in pursuit of their own ethnic genetic interests. This is why multiculturalism does not work wherever it is practiced.

          • Commissar Kirov

            I’d disagree. I believe it is shared values. America till the early 70s was diverse but had many common social institutions. Those are dying as the nation is Balkanized, not by just different races, but creeds (that are intolerant of others), genders (its not just male and female anymore just ask Mooocheele) but by perversions, hatreds, and petty jealousies.
            The nation will breakup. The affirmative action nation will soon become a third world reject while the America that maintains its traditional values will be a walled off segment of its former glory.

    • HE2

      Mekong, I could not finish the article. Worthless claptrap good for what?

  • StillModerated

    In business school (way back in the 80s) we learned of a major corporation who placed a woman on its board of directors. They did this because solely because her track record of decision-taking was so spectacularly wrong-headed that they’d ask for her suggestions and then do the exact opposite. But a woman on the board satisfied lefty shareholders.

  • [Guest]

    >>>too risky to advocate for their own groups

    For what group is it “too risky” to openly engage in self-promotion? There’s only one that I can think of, and that’s sexually normal white males.

  • journey

    Another anti- white “study” progapanda. Those are the only ones allowed to be published.

  • rose tascher

    When is there going to be a sob story about White men who are never promoted or given a raise in 30 years because they are White men? I could write a story about the White male University of California (all campuses) STEM grads who are not hired in favor of Asians when the companies come recruiting.
    FYI, not all Asians are favored. Those who are on student visas are hired first, then those who are not yet citizens. Asians who were born and raised in America or who have become citizens are almost but not quite as discriminated against as White men.
    The tech companies just don’t want Americans.

  • rose tascher

    Doesn’t the military have some sort of PC attitude promotional exam for every job that requires answers proving that the applicant just adore, worship and slobber over minority women, gays, trans genders, etc?

  • guest

    “Researchers there found that women and nonwhite executives who push for women and nonwhites to be hired and promoted suffer when it comes to their own performance reviews.”

    Enforced diversity and excellent performance in businesses don’t go together. They can have one or the other, but they can’t have both.

  • ncpride

    The sad part is, I’m also female so the idea that women promote other women is, from my own experience, nonsense. The best bosses I’ve ever had have been White men, and that’s a fact.

    • kikz2

      married one of mine 🙂 he was one of the three best of all time… never had to babysit him… he’s been a good husband as well.

    • dd121

      My best boss was a white woman. Seriously. Go figure.

      • ncpride

        I’m actually happy to hear that. My experience with them was dismal, to say the least. I think the main problem was, these women were supposed to train me to the same position they held, but they knew good and well when the training was over, I’d be sent to a different location. It was bizarre, and other trainees I spoke to had the same complaint. This was years ago, but I’ve never forgotten their treatment.

        • dd121

          My job carried a lot of responsibility and my female boss always trusted me to meet those responsibilities. I tried to avoid management but wound up doing that a number of years, anyway. It sounds like something was seriously wrong with the management ethos at your organization.

      • I’ve never had a female boss. We had a female secretary once who decided that she was some sort of manager, but she was quickly disabused of this notion (and eventually was fired for stealing from office petty cash).

    • HE2

      Same as my experience, nc. I have never had anything but a level headed, fair minded, competent male in charge.
      Female heads of department in my profession must be nearly nonexistent; I have never met one.
      But then, mine was a male dominated area of expertise. OK with me. I would rather work with men.

    • JulietteofOhio

      I agree. I’ve had two white/female supervisors and they were both hateful, deceitful and angry. What on earth is wrong with white men anyway? My father, my husband and my sons are all white males, not privileged in the world, very smart and very hard workers. This has to stop. Feminism is becoming more deranged every passing year and I’d much rather have a white male taking care of business

  • IstvanIN

    Not to sound misogynistic but women generally don’t like working for women, they even say so. Blacks don’t like working for blacks. If the boss is black they expect him to let them slide and if they don’t he is anti-black. I have seen it.

    • ncpride

      Not misogynistic at all. You have two women here who have stated we detest working for other women. It’s just generally true. I’m sure there are good women bosses out there, but I’ve never had one.

      • Alexandra1973

        And I’m a third one.

        We women are more emotional and that tends to cloud judgment, whereas a man will be more logical and rational.

        PMS is bad enough…worse when you’re dealing with another woman’s!

        • IstvanIN

          We are, of course, not talking about all women, I have worked with some great ones, but women seem to hold grudges longer than men. Men fight and it is over, women seem to simmer more.

        • Who Me?

          Here, too.

        • HE2

          And I am the fourth. Women are too whimsical at major decision making.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Women can be brutal social bullies too. Better than men.

        Regardless I’ve had bad women bosses in education, but also one of my favorites. Great boss, but then she never really wanted to be in charge, so…

        I find many bad women bosses are in fact very insecure and passive aggressive. Can’t look too sharp under them or…

        • TruthBeTold

          I had one female boss that was great. I have had two that were vindictive shrews. My last female boss and I started out great friends but then she turned on me in favor of a pregnant co-worker. They became giggly girl buddies and I, the male, didn’t fit in. The change was dramatic and obvious to everyone.

      • Olorin

        Love of my life asked me to weigh in on her behalf that she had one outstanding female boss in her career and several OK to middling ones (the middling ones still meddled in inappropriate ways, doing things that would get a male fired, like commenting on personal appearance, asking questions about private life, or soliciting involvement in political causes in the workplace).

        The rest were awful, ranging from incompetents who got the job because of AA, or because they had something on the hiring party, to outright sociopaths.

        I quote:

        “The men I’ve worked for, they’d ask for my input and if needed I could say to them, ‘You’re wrong, and your idea is poor, and here’s why.’ They might get mad in the meeting, but it’s over quick. Say that to a woman boss who asks your input but wants you to read her mind, and you’ve trashed the temple of her inner Mother Goddess. Who is never wrong, always right, convinced of it, and facts don’t enter into it, feelings do. Mother never forgets. And those were the reasonably sane, competent, emotionally healthy ones. The incompetent sociopaths were far worse.”

    • TruthBeTold

      Blacks don’t like working for blacks because black bosses are likely to know the games black employees play to shuck work.

  • antiquesunlight

    “…while a nonwhite who promotes diversity is perceived as less competent.”

    Why isn’t he viewed as racist, I wonder? I’ll go out on a limb and guess the diversity he promotes tends to resemble himself.

  • Tertius

    what a ridiculous article–everyone knows that black employees tend to be underperformers

  • dd121

    I think any white people who push the negro agenda are incredibly stupid. I will make allowance that some are just cynically trolling for votes.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      It takes a great deal of discipline to remain that cynical over time.

      Most people who repeat something over and over again end up believing it. This is especially true if, in the case of politicians, they have to sit down and negotiate with ‘leaders’ from a different community and accommodate another frame of thinking for prolonged periods.

      Even the one who start out cynical end up just as stupid. This is why a multi-racial society without well defined social and legal divisions is impossible.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Really? And water is wet, and the Pope is Catholic. I think any thinking person would have taken one look at this article and become incensed that they probably paid for this useless study. WE already know this.

    • IstvanIN

      Is this Pope Catholic? I am not so sure.

  • TruthBeTold

    As I always say, theory after absurd theory after absurd theory. They never stop.

    Everyone is trying to figure out why diversity isn’t a strength when they know it should be.

    So they have to keep looking for new theories to explain why diversity should work but doesn’t.

  • TruthBeTold

    I agree.

    THEY believe ‘diversity is a strength’ but it doesn’t work that way in real life. So they have to keep trying to find racism, sexism, homophobia, etal.

  • IKUredux

    More diversity=less success. Period. Women do not want to work for women. OMG, this is basic human nature. Regardless what anyone says about any stupid ass study, the bottom line is this:White men are natural leaders, and the smartest and most innovative, and the greatest risk takers(extreme sports, climbing higher, sailing further, diving deeper, and, be willing to travel into outer space). No other race can compare with the White race. It’s no contest. Everyone else is nothing but a distant second.

    • Rhialto

      That’s one reason why groups put aside their antagonisms, and cooperate against White men.

  • dd121

    Do we have a new moderator tonight, or am I just being particularly ornery?

    • HE2

      dd, you are never ornery.

  • ViktorNN

    Can’t agree with you there.

    Growing up, I had great white female teachers. As an I’ve great white female colleagues in the advertising, media, and high-tech fields that I’ve worked in. One white female member of my extended family was a nurse, and she knew plenty of great white female nurses and doctors. A couple of other close relatives work in corporate jobs, and they are both very talented white women who have risen up to various levels of management – one pretty high up in in an investment bank.

    I could go on, but long story short, it’s hard to imagine this half of the white race sitting around doing nothing when the evidence shows they’re capable of doing all sorts of work and get a lot of fulfillment doing so.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Thank you, Viktor.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    Non-whites dedicated to “diversity” are just self-promoters and opportunists trying to pass themselves off as humanitarians.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    Thanks for the post. This is probably one of those instances where people think they disagree vehemently only to realize it’s mostly language and their impressions are in concert.

    1. SOME women, yes. Not all.
    2. SOME workplaces, yes. Not all.
    3. Completely agree.

  • slash345

    Should reward people for scoring low on their diversity “grade.”

    Lol these marxist need to be hung from trees.

  • MarcB1969

    Yet usually they claim higher competence because they are so able and well-educated that immigrants pose no threat to their place on the food chain. They also gleefully state that immigration only drives down the wages of the White proles who beat them up on the school playground, so it’s actually a good thing. If I hadn’t heard it right out of their own traitorous mouths, I wouldn’t have believed anybody could be such an Uncle Tim.

  • propagandaoftruth

    That makes way too much sense for a Boasian.

  • jay11

    I have two immediate supervisors. One is a Puerto Rican woman who hates non Latinos, and the other is a south Asian woman who hates whites. Both those women also hate each other too. I am one of the last whites of either gender in my whole organization, which employs over 30 people. The entire office staff is non-white and female (6 women). Our future is bleak.

  • ViktorNN

    As a white man with strong pro-white political views, I’m not crazy about the anti-femaleness on Amren either.

    I don’t make a big deal about the ant-femaleness because, well, life is short and I can’t spend all day responding to every comment that strikes me as stupid, but I do make a point to comment in response here and there.

    I do it for a couple reasons: one is to show bystanders reading Amren for the first time that not every white person commenting here has such odd anti-white female points of view, and the other reason is to demonstrate to other regular Amren readers that a strong a pro-white political perspective can easily be both pro-white man and pro-white woman.

  • ViktorNN

    That comes from the whole cloth, not one side of it.

    I couldn’t agree more – we’re on the same page.

    Whatever “battle of the sexes” kinds of problems we white people are having are due to bad worldviews, bad political ideologies, unhealthy lifestyles, dysfunctional ways of life, misguided values, etc. – not due to anything inherently wrong or flawed in white men or white women.

    Get past those and we will find that white men and white women are perfectly suited for each other.