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Social Network Giant Facebook Teaches How to Improve Workplace Diversity

by Bidita Debnath on  July 30, 2015 at 2:32 AM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
For improving diversity in the workplace, Facebook has designed a training course, and is willing to share this with others as long as it helps eliminate biases in the hiring process.
 Social Network Giant Facebook Teaches How to Improve Workplace Diversity
Social Network Giant Facebook Teaches How to Improve Workplace Diversity
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The social network giant launched a new page called "Managing Unconscious Bias," which features a training course and several informational videos aimed at improving diversity in the workplace.

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The training course, which was developed by Facebook, educates would-be employers and job-seekers on the realities of bias in the hiring process. The training was previously provided to Facebook employees.

"One of the most important things we can do to promote diversity in the workplace is to correct for the unconscious bias that all of us have," Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, wrote in a post announcing Facebook's decisions to publish the training course.

"Studies show that job applicants with 'black sounding names' are less likely to get call backs than those with 'white sounding names' - and applicants called Jennifer are likely to be offered a lower salary than applicants called John, and organizations which consider themselves highly meritocratic can actually show more bias," Sandberg said.

Workplace diversity continues to be an issue for Facebook too. In June, the company reported that 68 percent of its employees are men, and in technology-related roles, males made up 84 percent of its workforce. Just over half of Facebook's employees are white.

Source: IANS
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