Image: AFP/christof stache/Getty ImagesBy Monica Chin2018-03-22 13:00:00 UTC
Indeed is rolling out two new features that will help women and other minority groups spot discriminatory employers.
Indeed has partnered with Fairygodboss and InHerSight, two review websites that aggregate employer reviews and ratings from women. Starting today, it will display widgets from the sites on each company page to highlight ratings from women and people of color.
The “InHerSight Score” will collect women’s ratings regarding personal development, career opportunities, and family support. The “Fairygodboss Score” will aggregate women’s responses to matters such as whether women are treated “fairly and equally to men” in the workplace in question.
“As a woman, this is, of course, an issue I care deeply about,” said Indeed’s director of experience design Kim Williams of workplace diversity in a statement sent to Mashable. “My job is to look for ways to solve problems — and right now one of the biggest problems I see every day is the lack of diversity in tech.”
Indeed is also partnering with employment and salary database Comparably to display a “diversity score.” Comparably’s diversity score aggregates workplace approval ratings from workers who identify as gender or racial minorities.
Here’s what it’ll all look like:
It’s important to read such ratings with something of a grain of salt. Indeed pages are already far from a representative sample of a company’s employees. The subset of respondents who are only women and people of color will be even smaller, especially in industries where such identities are under-represented — and a few good or bad experiences might not necessarily indicate a broader trend of behavior. Additionally, there aren’t substantive identity verification processes for sites like InHerSight, so it could be possible for white or male employees to influence the ratings.
That said, these metrics are a good start. They’ll at least be able to draw public attention to companies that could be discriminatory, and highlight those that could be very inclusive.
Additionally, the very existence of the tools could serve as a wake-up call for employers with pages on Indeed. The metrics could help hiring managers identify what issues women and people of color tend to care about in workplaces, and better attract and accommodate them.
When it comes to workplace diversity, every little bit helps.