Making ‘Dinobabies’ Extinct: IBM’s Push for a Younger Work Force

In 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission summarized an investigation into these practices at IBM, which found that “IBM directs top-down messaging managers from higher ranks to engage in an aggressive approach to significantly reduce the number of elderly workers.” But the agency has not made public the evidence supporting its claims.

New sealed documents – quotes from the company’s internal email, and which Ms. Lis-Riordan – It appears to support the conclusion and emphasizes the need for IBM’s top executives, in particular, to thin the ranks of older workers and employ younger ones.

“We discussed the fact that our millennial population lags behind competitors,” says an email from a top executive at the time. “The following data is very sensitive – not to be shared – but it wants to make sure you have it. You will see that when Accenture is 72% millennial we are at 42% with wide range and many units are below that average. It talks about the need to hire early professionals. “

“Early Professionals” was the company’s term for a role that required some prior experience.

Another email from a top executive, referring to the old workers, mentions plans to “accelerate change by inviting ‘dinobabies’ (new species to be released) and making them” endangered species. “

The third email refers to IBM’s “Dated Maternal Workforce”, an obvious sign for older women, and says: “This is something that needs to change. They don’t really understand social or engagement. Not a digital origin. For us one There is a real danger. “

Mr. Pratt said in the language of the email that some emails “do not conform to IBM’s respect for its employees” and “do not reflect the company’s practices or policies.” The statement of physical facts corrects the names of the authors of the email but indicates that they left the company in 2020.

Both the previous legal filing and the newly unsealed documents argued that IBM wanted to employ about 25,000 workers who generally had less experience during 2010. At the same time, “a comparable number of old, non-millennial workers needed to be let go,” concluded a passage in one of the newly sealed documents, ruling in a private arbitration initiated by a former IBM employee.

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