June 18, 2014

hiring demographics

Posted in gender differences, philosophy tagged , , at 5:56 pm by weiszguy

If I ran Google, or Yahoo, or the government, or any other organization, we would hire the very best people we could find. In the engineering department, we would hire the very best engineers available. In accounting, marketing, and web-development, the same.

Race and sex would have nothing to do with the hiring decisions. Why would they? If we had a choice between two applicants, would we really choose the lesser of the two because that applicant came from a preferred demographic?

I don’t know if Google and Yahoo, et al, are actually being run this way. It’s possible they have hidden agendas we know nothing about. But if we assume they hire the best people, regardless of external factors, then why should we be upset about recent news that a majority are white males? They’re not hiring white males, they’re hiring engineers, accountants, and marketers.

http://qz.com/214558/google-diversity-in-technology/

If 47% of the U.S. workforce is female, but only 30% of Google’s employees are female, why would Google try to change that? Google isn’t trying to match the demographics of the U.S. workforce, they’re trying to get the best engineers, accountants, and marketers they can, right?

At least, that’s how it would be if I was in charge.

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