Thursday, May 4, 2017

Google And Slack Demonstrate The Futility Of Diversity Targets - FORBES

by Paolo Gaudiano and Ellen Hunt 
Originally published:  May 2, 2017

Ever since Google first published its diversity report in 2014, tech companies and the media have become highly focused on numerical data about diversity to set corporate goals and to measure progress. We believe that this focus on numerical diversity targets is costing corporations hundreds of millions of dollars  and hampering their ability to derive the full benefits of superior performance and greater balance that diversity and inclusion can offer. We will use recent events about tech giant Google and tech darling Slack to illustrate the futility of diversity targets.

Google’s Challenge: The Complexity Of Quantifying Diversity

Google recently announced with pride that it had solved the gender pay gap, only to be accused two days later by the Department of Labor (DOL) of “systemic compensation disparities against women.”