Google employee diversity report displays minimal change

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Google’s recent employee diversity report provided data on attrition, in relation to the number of individuals who left the company, with rates for black and Latino employees reaching the highest point in 2017.

‘A clear low light, obviously, in the data is the attrition for black and Latinx men and women in the U.S.,’ Google’s chief diversity and inclusion officer Danielle Brown told TechCrunch.

‘That’s an area where we’re going to be laser-focused,’ she added.

This marks Google’s first diversity report since former employee James Damore was fired from the company for circulating a controversial memo which demonstrated how gender differences were the reason behind the lack of female engineers at the company.

Google’s black and Hispanic employees make up 2.5 percent and 3.6 percent of US employees and 53.1 percent of employees are white, according to the report.

‘Attrition rates in 2017 were highest for Black Googlers followed by Latinx Googlers, and lowest for Asian Googlers,’ the report said.

‘Black Googler attrition rates, while improving in recent years, have offset some of our hiring gains, which has led to smaller increases in representation than we would have seen otherwise. We’re working hard to better understand what drives higher attrition and taking focused measures to improve it.’

In the diversity report, Google acknowledges the necessity for progression in procuring and maintaining diversity among its employees.

The comments come a week after shareholders voted down proposals to study linking executive pay to diversity goals as it grapples with ongoing lawsuits over gender discrimination.

Alphabet argued that the executive compensation proposal wouldn’t have any meaningful impact, according to Gizmodo.

Meanwhile, shareholders including Zevin Asset Management said Google’s failure to address diversity and inclusion issues could create risks for its parent company Alphabet.