Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Merit Unless

[Photo by Pete Bellis at Unsplash]

"We hire on merit unless. . .

  • it's a close relative of a friend or business associate."
  • we need to get the feds off our back in which case we'll use quotas and deny that we ever did so."
  • we hear otherwise from the boss."
  • the person just looks the part."
  • we find a clone of ourselves."
  • Human Resources is off at a conference."
  • it requires a lot of work."
  • we are really in a hurry and don't have time to interview a bunch of people."
  • we got to talking at a business conference and, over a few drinks, made a job offer. On a cocktail napkin."
  • we think 'merit' is a racist concept meant to perpetuate white privilege."

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