Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd May 2017 22:25 UTC
Google

At most companies, if you think you've witnessed sexual harassment, sexism, bigotry or racism, there s one way to get it addressed: going to human resources. At Google, there's another way to air your grievance: submitting your complaint to an employee-run message board that's curated into a weekly email.

The list, called "Yes, at Google," is a grassroots effort to collect anonymous submissions at Google and parent Alphabet Inc. and communicate them across the company, according to five current employees who receive the emails. "Yes, at Google" tracks allegations of unwelcome behavior at work in an attempt to make the company more inclusive, said the employees, who did not want to be named because they were not authorized to speak about internal company matters. Since starting in October, more than 15,000 employees - 20 percent of the company's workforce - have subscribed, according to two of those people.

Google management is aware of the list. "We work really hard to promote and preserve a culture of respect and inclusion," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "Our employees have numerous ways to raise issues - both negative and positive - with us, including through grassroots transparency efforts like this one. We take concerns seriously and take appropriate measures to address them."

This is a great initiative, and adds a ton of accountability into the reporting process for these matters. I wonder if you could complain if your brand new headquarters has every amenity from a huge gym to a massive wellness centre (...what even?), but no daycare.

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by gpsnoopy on Wed 24th May 2017 10:21 UTC in reply to "Re:"
gpsnoopy
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Yes, it does sound like mob justice to have such a newsletter.

Publicly naming and shaming somebody based on an anonymous source will never lead to any problem *sarcasm*.

I've seen people making formal complains about other colleagues purely based on misunderstanding. And they did it in good faith. Imagine if somebody has a grudge.

This newsletter is a terrible idea.

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