We’re a people business.
We always have been.
That’s why we put such a huge emphasis on making sure Comma is a great place to work. It’s why, through our hiring process, we make sure people are going to fit the culture so they can join the family, have fun and build strong relationships with the people they’re working with.
And that’s why, as we continue to grow, diversity and inclusion remains top of the agenda for our People & Culture team.
There’s lots of studies that show hiring a diverse team can increase innovation and help companies get a competitive edge. And, of course that’s something we want to encourage at Comma – staying ahead of the curve is part of what makes us who we are. But ultimately, we want to continue to hire a diverse team because it’s the right thing to do.
And to have a diverse team, we need to ensure we continue to develop our working environment so that it’s inclusive, which means making sure everyone feels involved, valued, respected, treated fairly, and embedded in our culture.
How are we addressing diversity and inclusion?
We recently ran an anonymous survey to our team to find out how people felt about diversity and inclusion. We didn’t hold back. We asked some really probing questions to make sure we got honest answers.
I’ve always believed that we promote a diverse and inclusive culture but, having seen a recent Gartner study that showed only 40% of employees agree that their manager fosters an inclusive environment, it’s safe to say I was anxious to see the results.
(Before I tell you the results, I think it’s important to note that whatever they had been, we’d have published them. We want to own the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to our culture and inclusion. If we’re not doing a good enough job, it’s on us to change it.)
Thankfully, the results were encouraging but they showed we have work to do.