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Uber and diveristy, two apparently unrelated words

(NEWS) Uber and diversity are typically words not used in the same sentence unless discussing the lack of one at the other. Will their report this week prove otherwise?

Uber ships out diversity

Good ole boys club

Uber has been under fire lately for its exclusive company culture and lack of staff diversity. Like many Silicon Valley companies, its ranks are very light on women and racial minorities.

However, Uber has been especially feeling the heat since a former software engineer for the company, Susan Fowler, published a scathing blog post revealing a chauvinistic work environment where women are regularly sexually harassed and denied access to promotions.

In the depths

Bloomberg investigated further by interviewing about a dozen current and former Uber employees who worked in hiring and recruitment.
Most of them asked to remain anonymous, since many have signed contracts stating they will not publicly criticize the company.

Set up to fail

Nonetheless, these insiders told reporters that Uber’s attempt to increase diversity by tasking an arm of its hiring team to recruit minorities were largely failing due to lack of leadership and data.

Members of the hiring team were unable to make effective headway towards increasing staff diversity because they were told that the company did not collect demographic data about its employees.

Over the years, according to these testimonies, many women software engineers requested such data from human resources, and were told that such data was unavailable.

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Revolving door

Furthermore, the diversity arm of the hiring team has lost and gained at least six different recruiters in the past year and half.

Without a solid group of recruiters working on the issue over the long-haul, the team keeps losing its momentum.

These recruiters told Bloomberg that “diversity took a backseat to the company’s need to hire quickly.”

Empty words?

“We’re spending a good deal of time reflecting on what will lead to true diversity and inclusion,” says Liane Hornsey, Uber’s senior vice president of human resources.
[clickToTweet tweet=”Uber Sr. VP vowed to bring a “positive cultural change” to Uber to hopefully lead to more diversity.” quote=”She has vowed to bring a “positive cultural change” to Uber that will hopefully lead to more diversity in its staff.”]

Uber released its first diversity report this week.


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Ellen Vessels, a Staff Writer at The American Genius, is respected for their wide range of work, with a focus on generational marketing and business trends. Ellen is also a performance artist when not writing, and has a passion for sustainability, social justice, and the arts.

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