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Personal Experience with Hiring

3 Dec 2014, 14:30 UTC
Personal Experience with Hiring
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My Astroparticle Physics Laboratory at Goddard has 14 scientists, most of whom are physicists and 50% of whom are women. That is a high female fraction for a largely physics-oriented organization and I thought it would be useful to write today about how it came about.Goddard has good policies about diversity in the workplace. Here is the policy statement, known as the Business Case for Diversity at Goddard: "It is the policy of NASA's GSFC to develop and maintain a vital and effective workforce by involving employees in the creation of a work environment conducive to their best performance according to the Center's values and goals. Our objective is to foster an organizational climate where employee diversity and mutual respect are catalysts for creativity and team effectiveness."There are also strong policies at NASA against discrimination and bias, but I like the fact that the diversity statement is aimed toward performance and team effectiveness, and was developed as a business case. It is a good way to think about diversity and the best motivation for open hiring practices.The female fraction in the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory has increased over the past 15 years, a time period in which more women candidates became ...

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