2014 was the year in which Apple committed itself to diversity . Since Cupertino we’ve been hearing different messages about how at Apple it doesn’t matter what age or what you look like, how you look or where you come from as long as you want to work hard and share Apple’s idea of creating great products that benefit everyone.
Early last month, we saw Tim Cook send a message to his employees about diversity, accompanied by a video showing the different “types” of employees Apple has in all its departments. This conversation, which Cook started, has been joined by Denise Young-Smith , Apple’s head of human resources and overall responsibility for Apple’s hiring policy, in another email .
In the mail we can see how Apple wants to make its employees feel that they are part of the company since all their opinions are heard and valued. There is no thought or idea that, according to Denise, has not been read and valued in its right measure. According to Denise’s words (and Cook’s a month ago) diversity in the workforce helps Apple create better products , a phrase that makes a lot of sense if we think that depending on where you come from, you can have different ideas that can contribute a lot when it comes to doing things.
Below is Denise Young-Smith’s email. It’s full of nice words and inspiring phrases to boost the morale of all employees, something Apple has been an expert on and the way they seem to be going from here.
Tim has started a regular conversation about inclusion and diversity at Apple. No matter what position you hold or where you sit, this is important and makes sense to all of us, to our customers, and to those considering a career at Apple.
The responses we received to the “In Your Voice” campaign have been everything we hoped for: authentic, passionate and broadly representative of our diversity in thought and perspective around the world. And we are grateful for that.
Many of you have shared stories of how Apple’s culture of inclusion has changed the direction of your life, either personally or professionally: “I was over 55 years old and I was hired. My boss looked beyond my age and hair color and saw me for what I was: a hardworking, resourceful person prepared for Apple’s challenges. Thank you.” “I’m lucky to be and think differently. My point of view is appreciated in this environment, while in other places it seemed that my point of view was something that everyone else had to deal with.
Many of you have compared Apple to the United Nations, describing your daily routine of listening to different languages spoken around the world and benefiting from global views yourselves.
That your teams and bosses could be more inclusive. This usually comes up in very subtle ways – from the words we use, to how we hire, to how we treat others, to how we improve. We all contribute our life experience and that makes us unique and colors the view of others and the world around us. We can all benefit from improving our perception of how our actions affect others.
Some of you have shared that you do not feel as connected as you would like to your teams or to initiatives that seem to come from elsewhere. You also want to have news and connect with the amazing people in our organization. These are areas where we can and will improve a lot. We need to do this.
We believe that these types of initiatives inspire our best innovations. As one of you noted, “Diversity is essential to ensure that our products are good for humanity. When our teams are diverse, we make products that are much more relevant and better for the world.
Continuing this, we know that we need to demonstrate an active commitment to include in our day-to-day work that advantage through the richness that diversity gives us.
We will continue this conversation and others that expand the dialogue on innovation, inclusion, and of course, why we are all here: to make an impact and do our best work. Together.
Your thoughts and ideas are welcome so that we can move forward.