I think that in the end they might make it harder for themselves to recruit talent.
Or easier, now that the initial offer is also their best offer, rather than a low-ball. This may also encourage more resume submissions from people that don't like to haggle.
If they make the 'best offer' and the pay gap still exists, M. Pao will go nuts. Therefore, this is unlikely to happen. This means either:
- Women get offered more pay than they would be willing to work for (poor business decision)
- They refuse to negotiate and try to save some cash and 'agressive negotiators' take up offers elsewhere
The second scenario is likelier which means e go from "Lower pay for equal work" to "Equal pay for better work" for women. This cannot be proven, so everyone's happy with this compromise (except the reddit shareholders)