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Geeks Versus Jocks: CIOs, Beware Your Culture
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6/17/2014 | 7:46:49 PM
Re: Geeks Versus Jocks
You're definitely on the money, Dave - 'diversity' is not something to be slapped on a poster in the hallway and then done away with it. The only reason to go after it is because you want to reap the benefits - and that requires actually going after it, like the gentleman from Google said. Nobody's going to give you an award for going halfway. As you say, reaching a truly even distribution amongst all these demographics in the workplace (if that's even what we should be shooting for) is no small order - what if you don't get women interviewing for your IT positions? It's a systemic problem that needs to be corrected starting in education, and maybe even farther back.

Maybe it's a little limiting to exemplify the whole thing with 'jocks vs geeks', though. After all, we're kind of talking about the person doing the hiring more than the people being hired, aren't we? Maybe someone will put their sports background on their resume, and maybe they won't - or maybe someone is an uber-nerd but played lacrosse in college. The problem is that we're doing hiring based on assumptions about people that we aren't basing on real facts. We have to do hiring based on who's best for the job, not based on some gut-feeling of who will create an 'ideal' work atmosphere (because it doesn't exist) - and, in theory, that will naturally lead to diversity on it's own.
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6/16/2014 | 12:29:00 PM
Re: Identity Crises
@angelfuego- I feel for you. And that's rough, and you are probably right. And what makes so much harder is that the hiring proces sis so shrouded in mystery now because no one wants to say anything that can be used in a lawsuit it is impossible to know why anyone is hired or not. 

I understand the legal reasons, but within the company I think it would help if people had to be more transparent with HR and others making hiring decisions so personality is less involved.
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6/16/2014 | 12:29:00 PM
Re: Identity Crises
@angelfuego- I feel for you. And that's rough, and you are probably right. And what makes so much harder is that the hiring proces sis so shrouded in mystery now because no one wants to say anything that can be used in a lawsuit it is impossible to know why anyone is hired or not. 

I understand the legal reasons, but within the company I think it would help if people had to be more transparent with HR and others making hiring decisions so personality is less involved.
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6/15/2014 | 8:43:06 PM
Re: Identity Crises
@Dave, Re:"The goal is to break out of hiring habits that define your culture by personality traits rather than skillsets and mindsets." I agree. Recently, my friend was not hired after being interviewed. She was totally qualified and equipped with both the skillset and experience to competently perform the role.I truly think she wasn't hired due to personality reasons.
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6/13/2014 | 3:45:09 PM
Re: Identity Crises
Dave... it could be secret brotherhood of Google... but time will tell...
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6/9/2014 | 4:55:55 PM
Re: Identity Crises
@snunyc- Another interesting part of this is that a shockingly large portion of Google's employees went to one of only three colleges. Perhaps, some of the blame falls on the colleges. Or on college admissions or education in general.
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6/9/2014 | 4:51:57 PM
Re: Identity Crises
@sfergusen10001- I get your point, but they only admitted their problem days ago but thye've had the problem for decades. So we'll see what, if anything, that actually can achieve.

Clearly, the problem is bigger than just one company. For instance, with women, they avoid the field entirely which is not good for IT. 

But I look at it this way. If a company makes a real effort at this, they are goign to gain a stratrgic advantage. Not only will they have a more efficient set of teams, they will have access to talent many other companies are ignoring. 

Just like addiction, the first step is admitting you have a problem.
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6/9/2014 | 1:39:28 PM
Google is not alone
Google is not alone in its lack of diversity, its and endemic corporate problem. Dave you have hit the nail on the head  about diversity --it goes way beyond race or gender. Having a diverse workforce in every aspect assures that you have the types of people to successfully fill every position. The same type of person will fill only one type of need. If a company is serious about growth and innovation it will embrace diversity on every level.
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6/9/2014 | 11:02:57 AM
Re: Identity Crises
@snunyc: To that point, I think we are talking about a larger culture shift in how we educate people in the STEM field. In the last few weeks, there have been some articles about how students are learning to code earlier and earlier. Despite all the perks of Google, it's going to take a much larger cultural change to bring more students into the STEM market, as well as to diversify that talent pool. Google and other big-time Silicon Valley companies also tend to take coders and other engineers from the most elite universities thanks to the big bonuses they pay. Maybe one way is to strengthen the IT- and engineer-related programs that are create at smaller universities and colleges.

 
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6/8/2014 | 11:19:46 PM
Re: Monoculture
Obviously, Yahoo might not have walked that path if the company was very happy with its current situation. They felt the need to pull things up by the bootstrap. 

Offering non-monetary perks are a good way to keep employees a bit happier, but in the long run they will switch where the pay is better. However, these perks keep them content for some time (and may even prevent them from job searching).
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