Well, g’day y’all. Just received a curious email (company wide is seems) stating that men should not be using the Pence Rule….oookay. Named after VP Pence, seems that lots of men no will not interact with females in a work environment, mentor, assist, eat or travel with, be in a room alone with or include in social settings. Gee, I wonder why?
Just a silly wild assed guess now on my part, but could it be that men will take precautions against any possible sexual accusations from the workplace feral bitches? Maybe…
Good luck enforcing it.
Hmm get disciplined for Pencing or get disciplined for being alone with a coworker on an unsubstantiated charge.
Good way to signal for those with talent and options to exit.
Like every time they announce upcoming layoffs…”why did the good workers quit before we could fire the undesireables?”
If a man is high enough to mentor he is high enough to be a target of the hypergamy and jealousy of the ferals.
Exactly. That’s why I got a decent chuckle from such an asinine message. Aaaand just HOW do these geniuses plan to enforce the non-Pence Rule?? Can’t fix stupid.
So how will it be enforced? Typically there is the carrot and the stick. What might they look like?
Let us consider the carrot. The institution implements a formal mentoring program. People who sign up to be mentors are rewarded with promotions, bonuses, etc. But, probably not. These cost money. Mentoring has never been a major driver in institutions; so would Pencing be enough to make it so? Probably not, unless the Government got involved.
How about the stick? Do this mentoring, or you will be given a bad assignment. Mentoring women with the risk involved already is that bad assignment.
The above are external motivations. What about internal motivators? Often, mentors take people under their wing for the sake of the satisfaction of helping another; to watch them grow, as a legacy to the future. These reasons drive the mentor to do a fine job, perhaps better than might be expected. If a mentor is forced into an uncomfortable situation, how good will his product be?
As for myself, a number of years ago, an intern passed through. She was an early twenties minority woman. She came up to me and stated that she wanted to understand the skill that I had; that is, she wanted me to mentor her. I thought, “No way, this is just asking for trouble”. making the decision easy was the fact that she came to work with much cleavage hanging out. Probably nobody wanted to get involved to tell her that was not how we did business round here.
Short answer — there is human nature involved here (self-preservation) such that conventional incentives might not work well even if institutions desired to make them happen.