It’s good in that Apple is more diversified than many companies. It’s bad because Apple CEO Tim Cook is not satisfied with Apple’s numbers. Neither am I and I don’t work for Apple. As a certified Apple watcher and customer I want the company to be the best it can be. How does having a diverse, racially mixed workforce make that happen?
Workforce By The Numbers
The tech industry as a whole is male dominated, and Apple falls in line with others. 70-percent are male, 30-percent are female.
It gets worse. Or, better, depending upon your perspective. 55-percent of Apple’s nearly 100,000 employees are caucasian, while blacks and hispanics come in at 7-percent and 11-percent, respectively (in the US).
Wisely, Apple segregates employees in the diversification report by tech and non-tech, but the numbers don’t change much. Simply put, at many different levels, Apple is run by white men.
What’s wrong with that?
Those of us who want to see true diversification by race or gender or capabilities think Apple has some way to go, despite being a progressive company with a good reputation. Tim Cook seems to agree.
Alright, with that said, how can Apple’s stated desire and need to diversify the employee base peacefully co-exist with the need the company has to hire the best possible employee at every level?
If Apple’s policy is to hire the best qualified and available candidate for a position– tech or otherwise, does it not stand to reason that Apple hires mostly white males because they are more qualified than asians, hispanics, blacks, or other minorities for those positions?
Which of the sometimes opposing positions should rule? Diversity in hiring? Or, the most qualified employee candidates, regardless of race, background, or gender? And, who decides which employee with better credentials, experiences, and potential should be overlooked in the hiring process, while the company offers a job to a minority candidate?
Isn’t that just as much a scenario tainted with discrimination as hiring mostly white males?