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Tag: 18. November 2022
US-Internetfirmen bauen Personal ab, Diversityabteilungen besonders betroffen
Eine Theorie zu den Genderbeauftragten und den entsprechenden Diversitätsbeauftragten gerade amerikanischen Firmen ist, dass sie im wesentlichen Luxusausgaben sind, die eben eine bestimmte Haltung darlegen sollen, aber letztendlich keinen wirklichen Mehrwert für die Firmen darstellen.
Ein Test für diese These ist die gerade stattfindende Krise in der IT-Industrie dort. Eine Vielzahl von Techfirmen entlässt gerade viele Mitarbeiter:
When Stripe and Meta announced job cuts earlier this month, affecting 14% and 13% of their workforces, respectively, they noted that layoffs would disproportionately affect recruiting because neither company plans to hire much next year. Amazon, which plans to axe around 10,000 workers, reported the same on Monday.
At Lyft, which cut 13% of its workforce in early November, one employee on the diversity and inclusion team said most of her department had been cut, including her. Similarly, Twitter, now owned by Elon Musk, saw its DEI team evaporate almost overnight. Twitter’s chief diversity officer Dalana Brand resigned within hours of Musk’s acquisition, and employees reported that the company has since dissolved its employee resource groups.
The whittling of talent-focused functions shouldn’t come as a surprise. Human capital investments do not provide an easily visible bottom-line return, especially for consumer tech companies, which prioritize engineering, research, and development.
“Even with pledges and recognition that the people experience matters, HR and D&I are often seen as pure overhead and perhaps a little bit distant from the profit-making engine,” says Julie Coffman, chief diversity officer at management consulting firm Bain.
But experts caution that this line of thinking is short-sighted. The market ebbs and flows, and when the economy recovers, companies that made deep cuts to recruitment or DEI will scramble to rebuild those teams and catch up to the talent initiatives their competitors kept in place. “If you’ve cut too much of your apparatus, [reassembling] can be a real fight,” says Coffman.