The BBC has unveiled a new woke diversity agenda that will see 95% of its employees undertake so-called “unconscious bias training” – a controversial staff training practice popular on the radical left, that has been eliminated from the civil service because it’s so useless.
A Civil Service HR review of the evidence on unconscious bias training showed how “training interventions do not seem to be effective at improving diversity outcomes within workplaces”, leading to its scrapping across government departments.
A Cabinet Office report also highlighted how “instructions to suppress stereotypes may not only activate and reinforce unhelpful stereotypes, they may provoke negative reactions and actually make people exacerbate their biases.”
But this explosive evidence isn’t stopping BBC virtue signalling, despite tough talk from new Beeb boss Tim Davie that he’d tackle liberal metropolitan bias. Contrary to his initial promises he boasted, with the publication of today’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan, that “this plan will ensure we are a modern, progressive, welcoming organization”.
The new plan will also introduce new measures to help the BBC meet a patronising diversity quota, which aims to fill the halls of Broadcasting House with staff who are 50% female, 20% ethnic minority, and 12% disabled.
In addition, Davie’s new plan encourages staff to speak openly about their sexual preferences with senior staff and expresses a hope that half of the BBC’s gay staff will make their desires known in the workplace.
The report came on the same day that muckraking website Guido Fawkes uncovered how 30 employees at the corporation had attended a farcical training webinar about how to drink water.
The BBC’s decision to double down on liberal HR policies will chafe against demands from the public that it swing back towards the centre and towards the views of ordinary people.
A major survey reported by this site last month showed how huge numbers of Brits saw the BBC representing them badly, as swathes of the country said the national broadcaster was drifting ever further away from the concerns of ordinary people.