Very senior positions in most companies are still held by the while male majority. This is in spite of the proven fact that a diverse work force at different levels can help a company to function more effectively. A good number of companies comply with anti-discrimination laws by hiring from diverse backgrounds in the lower rungs of their work force. When it comes to the higher positions, companies usually say that those who are not promoted to higher levels have not stayed with the company long enough. There are also fears about the problems a diverse work force may bring in, such as possible litigation. Holland suggests that companies can do better in this aspect by developing databases of useful people from diverse backgrounds and initiating real mentoring programs. However, at the end of the day what matters is that the company hires the best people for its business needs. Hence the concept of diversity still has potential to evolve.
Holland has been in the hiring business for two decades, so the article is able to uncover the real issues at hand. It adopts a pragmatic approach that blends ideals with the practical needs of running a business. Political, social and business leaders will need to work out specific ways to promote diversity of hiring while maintaining the interests of the businesses in question.