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Google VP Publicly Flogs Own Company for Lack of Diversity

Written By : Warner Todd Huston
June 3, 2014

Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President, People Operations, has publicly spoken out about the “lack of diversity” among Google employees. Despite Google’s far left-wing company culture, he is apologetic and wants users to know that there are reasons that Google isn’t “diverse” enough.

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The reliably left-wing Google has for years tried to hide its astonishing lack of diversity from public view, but has apparently decided to come clean.

In a May 28 Google blog post Bock finally made to lift the veil of secrecy in which Google had enshrouded its employment statistics and revealed that the company is mostly white and mostly male.

Google, Bock said, has “always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce.” And with the sort of criticism that diversity pushers lay on offenders, it is obvious why the Internet giant never wanted to say.

It turns out that Google’s employees are 61 percent white and 70 percent male, numbers that will send any diversity warrior into shock.

The next highest division of employees are the company’s Asian employees who make up 30 percent of the workforce, the same number as Google’s female employees, as it happens.

Further, employees that identify themselves as “mixed race” stand at 4 percent and that is higher than either its black employees or its Hispanics, which sit at 3 percent and 2 percent respectively.

With these numbers revealed, “Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” Bock admits.

But Bock says there are reasons that this lopsided male and white workforce is so, well, male and white.

There are lots of reasons why technology companies like Google struggle to recruit and retain women and minorities. For example, women earn roughly 18 percent of all computer science degrees in the United States. Blacks and Hispanics make up under 10 percent of U.S. college grads and collect fewer than 5 percent of degrees in CS majors, respectively. So we’ve invested a lot of time and energy in education.

Bock points out that Google has spent millions trying to improve access to tech education for minorities and women, but thus far there hasn’t been enough employable candidates to change the company’s diversity quotient.

In the end, Bock says, “we’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be…” But he then hinted that the reasons they are where they are must not be given short shrift.

Bock concluded warning that “being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution.”

And here is the main point, isn’t it? Just creating a perfectly, PC balanced work force is actually the best way to make sure you don’t have useful employees, isn’t it?

After all, employees have to actually do useful work, don’t they? And placing emphasis on mere “diversity” instead of the actual work that employees have to do is a recipe for failure.

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