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Google Ends 'Tailgater' ID Checks With New Leadership Diversity Goals To Be Achieved By 2025

Google Ends 'Tailgater' ID Checks With New Leadership Diversity Goals To Be Achieved By 2025
In order to address racial issues at its office, Alphabet's Google has announced implementation of a new hiring goal and security policy in the wake of the protests all over the United States over police brutality against African Americans that have also ignited debates and discussions about racial issues in corporate cultures of American corporate. .
Hiring of about 30 per cent more of its employees in leadership positions from underrepresented groups by 2025 as a hiring aim was announced by Google’s Chief Executive Sundar Pichai. Currently Asians or whites account for about 96 per cent of people in Google's leadership positions in the United States and 73 per cent of the leaders were men globally. 
The company will now share externally all leadership openings that would become available in the company, Pichai said. Secretive recruiting firms or internal promotions have been used mostly by Silicon Valley companies to hire people for their top positions. This strategy or hiring policy of the companies makes it difficult for people who are not directly related to or connected to an employee to know of the hiring opportunities.
Additionally, with the implementation of measures such as eliminating an office security procedure that may have led to racial profiling, Google would also strive to be more inclusive, Pichai said.
For a long time, it has become a tradition in companies like Google and other tech companies to instruct employees to ask for identification from "tailgaters" who are people who sneak through secure doors behind employees who just unlocked them.
But concerns of being unfairly checked because of this process have been raised by black employees. This was accepted by Pichai who said that this system was "susceptible to bias."
"We will end the practice of Googlers badge-checking each other and rely on our already robust security infrastructure," he said.
$150 million in funding for black business owners and he setting up of an internal task force to work on projects that "help black users in the moments that matter most" was also announced by Pichai.
Pressure on Silicon Valley companies such as Google to hire more people from racial minorities has been for years by civil rights groups. They have argued that Silicon Valley companies practicing greater diversity would lead to products that do not perpetuate racial and gender stereotypes.
A goal announced by Google in 2018 of increasing overall US workforce diversity by this year to meet what it describes as "market supply" is still being pushed by Google.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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