Jobseeker in Concord, California said: Here's a question for folks. Why do companies stress that they're "into diversity", when in reality they want you to be "their version of you", instead of allowing you to be "your version of you"?
Diversity is a survival trait. If we were all, exactly alike, the first plague that came along would wipe us out. But, alas, that isn't how it seems to work.
The best manager I ever worked with was a guy who had an incredibly diverse group of people under him. I wasn't under him, but I did a lot of work for him and, I think, you could almost argue we were a band of pirates. The one thing he always said was "I want people who are different than me and even smarter. That's the one thing I get right." He got a lot more than that right but it was a good point.
When the great purge happened that diversity was wiped out. You got on the plan, or, you got out. Two years later one guy has a thriving business, my former employer, gone.
I think there are two possible things going on. First, insecure management has trouble with people who think independently. They don't know how to let them run free, and yet, keep them under "enough" control at the same time. They are intimidated by free-thinkers.
The other thing that has happened, and really it's always been the case, is that "smart" people set the rules. That's why they are manager's, right? So they want to structure everything right down to what you can have on your desk. Yes, I know of places that do that.
It's just one more reason the whole thing sucks. Yeah, I'm pretty negative.
Anyways, really diversity is just another corporate BS word. If they were really diverse most likely it wouldn't even enter their minds to announce it.