Cultivating a Culture of Belonging
We use Workday Peakon Employee Voice, our intelligent listening platform, to gather incredibly valuable feedback and insights from our employees. At a company level, the feedback puts us in the top 5% of our industry benchmark for belonging and satisfaction, a figure that reflects our diversity and inclusion efforts.
Of course, what matters to me is that every employee feels a sense of belonging here at Workday. Our previous yardstick for that was having a less than 3% difference in sense of belonging for all Workmates among all groups. Now with Workday Peakon Employee Voice, the questions behind the data are scored on a 0 to 10 scale, and we still strive to ensure less than a 0.3 (out of 10) difference in our aggregate score in belonging for our employee population.
Strengthening Our Communities
Our pursuit of sustaining and strengthening our culture of VIBE isn’t just about doing the right thing; it’s about the positive impact Workday has on the world, our workforce, our communities, and our customers. To that end, there are two programs that are making a difference:
Opportunity Onramps®. As of January 31, 2022, 13.5% of all FY22 U.S. hires for early- to mid-career roles have come through our Opportunity Onramps program. We are on track to meet our commitment to fill 20% of these roles with talent from untapped communities by 2023—and every year thereafter.
Technical University Dublin. A new three-year partnership with Technical University Dublin (TUD) aims to foster the next generation of tech innovators, equipping them with the skills and know-how to pursue their careers in technology and supporting underrepresented groups considering careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This partnership is an exciting opportunity aligned with our focus on workforce development and community engagement. We’ve also recently announced our intent to grow and expand our workforce in Dublin, our European headquarters, with the creation of 1,000 more roles over the next two years.
Building Inclusive Products and Technology
Recognizing that B&D is the foundational element for a more equitable and sustainable future, B&D is now one of the top solutions we’re investing in to help address the most important business challenges for the office of the CHRO. I’m especially proud of the Workday VIBE Index™, a solution that helps organizations gain valuable insights about equity within their workforce across multiple outcomes—such as hiring, belonging, and leadership—and intersections of identity—such as gender and race. We continue to build momentum with VIBE Index and VIBE Central™.
In addition, to help build B&D into our products, Workday’s Inclusive Products Community (IPC) was formed in 2020 as a grassroots initiative ignited by the passion of four Workmates. It grew to become a community of more than 200 Workmates from across the organization, increasing in membership and impact and formalizing in mid-2021 to scale product inclusion at Workday.
The concept of product inclusion is rooted in applying a B&D lens to the research, design, and development of products and services. This includes investing heavily in areas such as machine learning and accessibility to make sure our products are inclusive, scaling the IPC community globally, and increasing awareness about product inclusion practices in our products and technology teams.
What’s Ahead: The Connection Among B&D, Wellbeing, and Culture
As we’ve navigated the past two years, we’ve learned how to be more agile, lead with empathy, and work together to fight injustices. We’re gaining a deeper appreciation for the strong connection between B&D and our mental health and wellbeing—connections that are now becoming more visible as we look at people and situations more holistically, and with more openness and curiosity. We’re bringing conversations and topics into the workplace that we shied away from in the past, and we’re also seeing how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) policies that align with our guiding principles nourish our wellbeing, too. We will continue to look for ways to bring these principles to life.
We know that it takes each and every one of us to nurture our culture, and we can’t succeed unless we all contribute. When we launched our intensified efforts nearly two years ago, we placed a strong emphasis on initiatives to help our Black and Latinx communities. Today, as we advocate for a more just and equitable world, we’ll strive to support the communities that need us most. The work, as always, continues.