Since employees are hired and retained at the Company purely on the basis of their professional merit, this helps to ensure that bright and smart people from every group of persons, including minorities, women, disabled people, etc are all represented at Google.
The achievement of diversity is an important objective of the Company. It is not restricted merely within the HR department of the Company, but is actually an integral part of Company policy. The Company specifically has several support programs to provide a means for girls and people from minority groups to take up the study of subjects such as Science, Math and engineering (www.greatplacetowork.com) by working in partnership with other organizations. For example, Google works in tandem with Citizen Schools, Sally Ride Science Festival, FIRST Robotics, TechBridge and Expanding your Horizons, all of which are geared towards encouraging the participation of traditionally unrepresented groups such as women and minorities. Google aids in funding programs conducted by these educational institutions, such as organizing after school programs and competitions, as well as by providing mentoring relationships and technical skill workshops specifically for these particular groups.
Google work practices and working environments are also tailored to meet the needs of female employees. For instance, the Company allows flexibility in working hours, mothers rooms and family programs, as well as transgender restrooms, thus demonstrating its commitment towards ensuring that minority groups such as women and trans-sexuals are also made to feel welcome and a part of the Google team.(www.google.com). Google comprises several different Employee resource groups, such as the Google Women Network, Google Disability Network, Hispanic Googler Network, Asian American Googler Network, etc.