Google planning to release diversity data about workforce

By Himanshu Arora ยท 10 replies
May 15, 2014
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  1. After resisting previous calls, Google is finally planning to release data on diversity of its workforce. The move comes amid increasing pressure on the technology industry to hire more minorities and women.

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  2. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    Lots of Asians and White people, mostly heterosexual and male, work at Google. There, I summed up Google's workforce.
  3. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    Good god, why is there a sudden surge of companies worried about diversity...
    Like hiring less qualified people for flight controller jobs just to improve diversity.

    And seriously, has anyone who has been complaining about the lack of woman, blacks and Hispanics in stem fields actually been in a stem class...

    Can we tackle real issues like global warming? Though, the lack of diversity in the senate is a concern.
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  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,739   +3,757

    "After resisting previous calls, Google is finally planning to release data on diversity of its workforce."

    The single most useless datapoint in business.

    "The move comes amid increasing pressure on the technology industry to hire more minorities and women."

    As a "minority", I've often wondered what characteristic of my genetic makeup intrinsically adds more value to a company than a non-minority. I must have missed the lesson in Stanford's OCW where the instructor discussed the link between genetics and Java. I do recall the topic being covered in some marketing and communication classes, though. Something about public relations.
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  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    This has always been a lot of crap as far as I'm concerned. I believe in hiring the right person for the position irrespective of race, creed, sex or colour. What could be fairer?
    Last edited: May 15, 2014
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  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Tackle real issues? Ha! Here are the 3 biggest reasons we won't stop talking about diversity.

    1) Funny you bring up the senate. Politics is what drives a lot of this diversity talk. Saying we need to hire more -insert minority here- implies they are disadvantaged. Sometimes they are, but even if they're not, it's important for politicians (particularly democrats) to make sure a large part of the population feels like they're a victim. This helps them 1) come to the rescue in the form of handouts and new taxes on 'other' people and 2) point the blame at the other political party. Nothing gets people together like a common enemy.

    2) The other thing that drives diversity talk are those for whom it's a business. Names like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have made a living off of racism, both real and otherwise. It's a good business model because you can't criticize it without being labeled a racist.

    3) Racism is clickbait. Putting the word racism in your headlines is a great way to sell a magazine and bring people to your webpage. It helps align people through the common enemy thing (from #1) and it makes money (#2). So even when racism isn't a factor (like with Treyvon Martin) you'll see it front and center.

    Your best bet is to use it to your advantage like I did and marry a minority. Then your kids will be able to check whatever box will help them get that job or get into that college. ;)
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  7. /sarcasm?
  8. Mike Steele

    Mike Steele TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +6

    What's wrong with just hiring the best? being the best has no gender or color barriers. if you aren't the best at what you do, blame yourself and look for something mediocre that will suite you better. then stfu...
  9. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,739   +3,757

    Based on the content of your post, I've concluded that you were just revived from cryogenic storage and aren't fully up to speed on current social attitudes.
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  10. Mike Steele

    Mike Steele TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +6

    You've never been with a female, have you?
    Last edited: May 15, 2014
  11. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,739   +3,757

    I was kidding about the cryogenic bit, but if this how you respond to what you feel is a dull joke, I suspect I'm not far off.

    A few pointers for taking shots at people:
    1. Don't indirectly validate yourself through women. Men w/o anything to prove couldn't care less, and women perceive it as a weakness. You'll get a lot more respect by conceding that your **** controls half of your life than you will bragging about how many "treasures" you've plundered in a society that gives it away on clearance.

    2. Don't call people virgins on the internet. It's unoriginal and smacks of an elementary wit. Instead, be terse, carefully pinpointing your target of ridicule with a single, indefensible word.

    3. Don't be a **** to a bigger ****. That's only going to get you pissed on. Fortunately for you, I'm well hydrated, so it won't stain. (y)

    That said, here's how you should have done it:

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