The ‘wins’ just don’t stop for the Tech industry when it comes to diversity and inclusion among employees. Like the Trump administration, every week provides a new opportunity to wonder just how bad things can get while situations continue to get worse. On today’s episode of “Tech of Our Lives” a Google employee sent a manifesto entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” arguing that “the gender gap in technology is not a product of discrimination — but rather inherent biological differences between men and women in general.”
According to TechCrunch, the author argues “When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem. Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber.”
After reading the above quote, you may be alarmed, but the actual memo itself wasn’t as bad as news reports are making it out to be. For starters, the author suggests ways to increase female representation by changing the way tech is sold to women (creating a more social oriented concept), as well as creating a better work life balance for computer engineers. The author also suggests analyzing the effectiveness of unconscious training and diversity and inclusion efforts to come up with better solutions. For every claim he writes, he also provides links to his arguments for better clarity.
And that’s good!
The purpose of diversity and inclusion efforts is to create a conversation around ways to increase female and ethnic minority representation. If people feel current solutions are not working, then an open conversation must be had to create better solutions. If nothing else, I agree with the authors beginning point that we’ve reached a point where any criticism towards far left policy is met with a discriminating undertone. Google inclusion experts should be connecting with this employee and finding out more about what he thinks would be better ways to increase female representation. Inclusion departments are just that, inclusive of all ideas to better represent current and potential employees.
In my opinion this is a good step towards opening the conversation for everyone and Google can spin this into a positive. I understand the initial reaction of most, as it may not have come across as….politically correct…..as it could have been, but the content and message should not be overlooked.