Interesting piece in HBR highlighting - yet again - the business benefit in more diverse workplaces. Interesting to see the Tech sector admitting that part of the discrimination on their platforms could be reduced if they employed more diverse people. In a famously white, millennial sector, Yelp are steering in the right direction.
Beginning in 2013, a handful of tech companies (including Yelp, where some of us work, Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook) began to research and release data on the diversity of their workforces. The numbers were grim. For instance, in 2014 only 10% of Yelp’s engineers were female. Seven percent of Yelp employees were Hispanic, and 4% were black. These figures were similar at other tech companies, most of which had fewer than 20% of their technical positions filled by women and had low representation of black and Hispanic employees. At Yelp and elsewhere, seeing these numbers was a wake-up call.