I work for a mid size organization that has a long history. We had a company event over zoom today and one of the areas the executive leadership (all white 50-70 year old people) tried to talk about was culture and diversity. It was absolutely awful. They talked about how we can’t hire minorities because of our suburban location, how minorities don’t want to work in publishing, and how they are open to hiring black people! It was crazy how out of touch they are.
They started to talk about how our culture isn’t a good fit for minorities because we are so academic and how not every company can be diverse. We don’t have a corporate culture unless “ancient, old fashioned and white” is a culture. You could tell someone told them to have this event and they are not smart enough to hire someone who knows about this stuff. We don’t have an inclusion or diversity officer, we don’t even have anyone who identified as a minority in HR.
I already have started to look for a new job, I have been looking since January, this place is insane. It’s privately owned so no shareholders, I am 49 and I cannot believe the VP of HR made a statement that black people don’t want to work in publishing. I think he is just absolutely clueless.