Monday, 7 August 2017

Of Google's Anti-Diversity Memo

So it seems at least one person in the Google empire doesn't think that diversity is actually something to be cherished or strived for. According to the BBC today one employee posted on Google's internal communication system the following :

"the abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don't see equal representation of women in tech and leadership".
Apparently, he claims, he’s had many messages of support from colleagues since making the comments.

Google’s head of diversity, Danielle Brown was quick to respond :
"Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate,...we are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we'll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul."

It will be interesting to watch the debate now on social media to see the reaction to the internal spat outside of Google. Whether certain genders or indeed ethnicities for that matter are genetically better suited to certain types of work or careers is a complex question. Whether the question merits attention at all however, might be more complex still. Many would argue that irrespective of genetic make-up every component of a company the size of Google should have a diverse spread of gender, ethnicity and minorities groups for it’s this mix that gives each team the very strength it needs to secure competitive advantage over its rivals. Team diversity so the argument runs will contribute to better problems solving and a more accurate understanding of the market the organisation is attempting to reach.

Our own work encouraging employees to understand and practise equality and diversity in the work place is available on our website.

Oh and today 8 August there's been an update the author of the memo has been fired! James Damore is no more it would seem.

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