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IBM前首席执行官:雇佣员工方式必须改变,从现在开始!

IBM前首席执行官:雇佣员工方式必须改变,从现在开始!

乐文澜(Michal Lev-Ram) 2020年06月22日
“我们不能等下一代再来解决这个问题。”

图片来源:IBM

虽然罗睿兰不再是IBM的首席执行官,但她继续留在公司担任董事会执行主席。现在,她计划要改变公司甚至商界雇佣员工的方式。

“我们不能等下一代再来解决这个问题。”罗睿兰说道。她认为在许多公司,黑人与棕色人种高管的任职人数不足。(今年《财富》美国500强榜单上只有5位黑人男性CEO。)

6月18日,这位曾在IBM工作近40年的前首席执行官,在《财富》最具影响力的商界女性的活动上谈到了反种族主义、重新裁员以及对未来职场的看法。

“我们从多元性到包容、平等,再到种族不公平,”罗睿兰表示。“我们的方式和关注点都有问题。无论做什么(推动劳动力多元化),我们都没有完全理解需要如何做出改变。”

罗睿兰分享了一些关于如何做出真正改变的建议。首先,她建议领导者组织一些专门倾听黑人员工想法的会议,这也是IBM迄今为止对2500名员工做过的事情。

罗睿兰说:“每位(黑人)员工都可以谈论被骚扰或歧视的事情。如果你和你的员工一起经历过这些,你将做出改变。”

罗睿兰和许多商界领袖一样,喜欢把想法和计划分成三部分。她提出改变雇佣方式,第一步是审视特定工作职位对员工的要求,并根据优先级,对员工需要具备的技能排序。这种招聘方式不再强调具体的大学要求,而是专注于“技能优先”。第二步是给出清晰的进入公司的路径,而不仅仅是传统的方式,如学徒制。最后,她还鼓励领导者培养公私伙伴关系。

出席此次活动的罗德岛州州长吉娜•雷蒙多补充道,公司和政府部门的相关人士都没有足够齐心协力。

“作为领导人,我们如何以两党合作的方式,利用疫情危机与种族不平等这一时期,采取大规模行动让公司真正改变雇佣方式,让各州和联邦政府真正改变培训方式?”州长向罗睿兰和其他听众问道。

罗睿兰表示,尽管她不再是IBM的首席执行官,但她仍然致力于带来改变,并计划坚持不懈地呼吁企业与政府部门采取更多措施来改变以往培训、招聘和留住人才的方式。

“我们必须为身边人创造更多的机会,”罗睿兰说道。“从家里开始。”(财富中文网)

编译:于佳鑫

虽然罗睿兰不再是IBM的首席执行官,但她继续留在公司担任董事会执行主席。现在,她计划要改变公司甚至商界雇佣员工的方式。

“我们不能等下一代再来解决这个问题。”罗睿兰说道。她认为在许多公司,黑人与棕色人种高管的任职人数不足。(今年《财富》美国500强榜单上只有5位黑人男性CEO。)

6月18日,这位曾在IBM工作近40年的前首席执行官,在《财富》最具影响力的商界女性的活动上谈到了反种族主义、重新裁员以及对未来职场的看法。

“我们从多元性到包容、平等,再到种族不公平,”罗睿兰表示。“我们的方式和关注点都有问题。无论做什么(推动劳动力多元化),我们都没有完全理解需要如何做出改变。”

罗睿兰分享了一些关于如何做出真正改变的建议。首先,她建议领导者组织一些专门倾听黑人员工想法的会议,这也是IBM迄今为止对2500名员工做过的事情。

罗睿兰说:“每位(黑人)员工都可以谈论被骚扰或歧视的事情。如果你和你的员工一起经历过这些,你将做出改变。”

罗睿兰和许多商界领袖一样,喜欢把想法和计划分成三部分。她提出改变雇佣方式,第一步是审视特定工作职位对员工的要求,并根据优先级,对员工需要具备的技能排序。这种招聘方式不再强调具体的大学要求,而是专注于“技能优先”。第二步是给出清晰的进入公司的路径,而不仅仅是传统的方式,如学徒制。最后,她还鼓励领导者培养公私伙伴关系。

出席此次活动的罗德岛州州长吉娜•雷蒙多补充道,公司和政府部门的相关人士都没有足够齐心协力。

“作为领导人,我们如何以两党合作的方式,利用疫情危机与种族不平等这一时期,采取大规模行动让公司真正改变雇佣方式,让各州和联邦政府真正改变培训方式?”州长向罗睿兰和其他听众问道。

罗睿兰表示,尽管她不再是IBM的首席执行官,但她仍然致力于带来改变,并计划坚持不懈地呼吁企业与政府部门采取更多措施来改变以往培训、招聘和留住人才的方式。

“我们必须为身边人创造更多的机会,”罗睿兰说道。“从家里开始。”(财富中文网)

编译:于佳鑫

Ginni Rometty is no longer the CEO at IBM. But the current executive chairman of the tech giant has big plans for transforming the way the company—and the business world more broadly—goes about hiring employees.

“We can’t wait a generation to fix this,” said Rometty, referring to the underrepresentation of black and brown executives in many companies, particularly in the highest ranks. (There are only five black CEOs, all of whom are male, on this year’s Fortune 500 list).

The former CEO, who spent nearly 40 years at IBM, spoke about anti-racism, reskilling workers, and the workplace of the future during a Fortune Most Powerful Women virtual event on June 18. She was surprisingly candid about the failures of many corporate diversity initiatives.

“We moved from [talking about] diversity to inclusion to equality and then to racial injustice,” said Rometty. “Something is wrong with that pattern and with where our focus has been. Whatever we did [to diversify workforces], we didn’t thoroughly understand what we needed to do to change.”

Rometty shared several suggestions for how to push for real change. For starters, she recommended that leaders organize listening sessions with black employees—something IBM has done so with 2,500 people in their own workforce so far.

“They’re gut-wrenching,” said Rometty. “Every single [black] employee could talk about a moment they were harassed. Every one of them could recall a day they were called a very bad name. If you go through this experience with your employees, you will be forever changed.”

Rometty, who like many business leaders, likes to group thoughts and initiatives in threes, also had a trio of to-dos for executives who are looking to change the way they hire. The first step was to take an honest look at their job requirements and re-prioritize around the skills that are truly needed to excel at any particular position. Do away with specific college requirements and focus on a “skills-first” hiring approach. The second suggestion was to give a clear pathway into your company—and not just the traditional one. Invest in apprenticeship programs, for example. Lastly, Rometty also encouraged leaders to be pursue private-public partnerships.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, who attended the event (and was a speaker at another recent Most Powerful Women interview), added that there aren’t enough people acting in unison from both the corporate and government sectors.

“How do we as leaders, in a bipartisan way, finally use this moment of the COVID crisis and glaring racial inequities to act at scale and get companies to really change the way they hire, and get states and the federal government to really change the way they train?” the governor asked Rometty and others in the audience.

Rometty said that, even though she is no longer the CEO of IBM, she is committed to bring about change and plans to be persistent in her call for more collective action among corporations and the government sector to change old ways of training, hiring, and retaining employees.

“We’ve got to scale opportunity for the underserved around us,” said Rometty. “It starts at home.”

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