Confession of a DEI Consultant: Why Conflict Resolution Training is a Waste of Time

I have a confession to make:

I was wrong. Very wrong.

For years, I tried to convince corporations that conflict resolution training is essential for a healthy, productive workforce. I’ve pitched my services as a DEI consultant to countless companies, only to be met with indifference or outright dismissal. And now, I see the error of my ways.

Why bother trying to help people relate to each other better?

Who needs harmony and cooperation when you can have office politics, resentment, and drama?

After all, isn’t it more exciting to have a workforce where people are constantly at odds with each other, vying for power and influence? Who needs effective communication and conflict resolution skills when you can just let your employees duke it out in the break room?

Think of all the benefits of NOT investing in conflict resolution training. You’ll have a workforce that’s constantly on edge, wondering who’s going to stab them in the back next. You’ll have a culture of fear and suspicion, where everyone’s out for themselves and no one can be trusted. You’ll have a team that’s constantly bickering and fighting, wasting time and energy on pointless arguments instead of getting work done.

And let’s not forget about the financial benefits of NOT investing in conflict resolution training. You’ll save money on hiring consultants or HR professionals to deal with all the drama. You’ll save money on legal fees when employees sue for harassment and discrimination. You’ll save money on lost productivity when employees are too busy bickering to get any work done.

So, to all the companies out there who think conflict resolution training is a waste of time and money, I say: you’re right. You don’t need a workforce that can communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, and work together in harmony. You’re better off letting your employees fend for themselves, tearing each other apart in a never-ending battle for supremacy.

In all seriousness, though, effective communication and conflict resolution skills are essential for any workplace. Investing in these skills can lead to a more productive, harmonious, and fulfilling work environment. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that conflict is just a fact of life in the workplace. With the right training and support, your employees can learn to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, and work together towards common goals. It’s not just the right thing to do – it’s good business sense.