During times of crisis, employees are looking to leadership for support. Some leaders may be silent during times of tragedy and unrest out of fear of not knowing what to say or how to help employees through their emotions. However, it's essential to show up for employees who are suffering and trying to work through racism, showing up consistently within their community. Recently, our CEO, Christian Sutherland Wong, wrote a blog post on Glassdoor's efforts to drive racial equity within our organization and beyond. As a company, we've also launched connection circles to provide our employees with the opportunity to speak openly about the recent racial injustices and how it's been affecting them. Our BUILD ERG had the chance to engage with members of our executive and leadership group on the next steps that we can take as a company to make sure we are and remain an inclusive place to work. Later this month, we'll be hosting an internal company discussion around the movie 13th, which traces the history of skewed legislation and mass incarceration of African-Americans.
Last month, we took pride in celebrating our LGBTQ+ employees at Glassdoor. Our Pride ERG shared what Pride meant to them in honor of Pride month. Check out this blog to see all their quotes and video. Pride is important to me because it's an opportunity to celebrate my chosen family! For me, Pride is about unconditional love for ourselves and for others, and Pride is a great opportunity to celebrate that family is about much more than parents or cousins or siblings. Family is anyone who?s there for you and gives you that wonderful unconditional love. -Maura Foley, Senior Data Scientist, Glassdoor Pride means my unconditional love and support for my sibling, my best friends, colleagues, and anyone who has ever had the bravery and conviction to tell the world who they are and love who they love! It represents my love for my adopted city of SF, which has always only shown me love and respect. Most of all, it means love for and acceptance of people for who they are. - Brooke Maury, Senior Manager, Data Engineering at Glassdoor
Tomorrow, we are honoring our black employees by acknowledging Juneteenth as a company holiday. As our BUILD (Blacks United in Leadership & Development) ERG shared, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by General Granger, landed in Texas with news the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note, this was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery. Although institutional racism and inequities are still prevalent in the United States, Juneteenth marks a critical moment in America’s history. Companies ours are making efforts to take a stand against racial inequalities and police brutality by supporting their Black employees by making Juneteenth as a company holiday. Learn more about some of these companies in our article below:
June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month – a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and the progress made toward acceptance and change. At the same time, we reflect on all we still need to accomplish. On Monday, the Supreme Court that a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. Until Monday’s decision, it was legal in more than half the states to fire workers for being gay, bisexual, or transgender. The vastly consequential decision extended workplace protections to millions of people across the nation. Glassdoor is committed to elevating and amplifying the voices of LGBTQ+ people in the workplace and celebrating their accomplishments. Take a moment to hear from some of our employees about what Pride means to them!
We're delighted to announce the promotion of Bhawna Singh to Chief Technology Officer. “Bhawna has demonstrated exemplary leadership in every role she’s held at Glassdoor and I look forward to working even closer with her. I have full confidence in Bhawna and Glassdoor’s engineering team as we work towards achieving our mission of helping people everywhere find a job and company they love.” -Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor chief executive officer. Read the full press release: https://gldr.co/2N2YzzY
At Glassdoor, we stand with our Black employees and the Black community in pain, sadness, frustration, and anger. At our last company All Hands we held a moment of silence to honor George Floyd and all Black lives lost due to racial injustice. We unequivocally believe the prevalent, systemic racism throughout our society must end. Enough is enough. And while words matter, our actions matter more. Read more to learn how we are putting our words into action.
Although in-person Pride celebrations are canceled due to COVID-19, we have taken it upon ourselves to plan intentional virtual celebrations and programming to honor the importance of Pride and LGBTQ+ communities throughout June. To kick off Pride Month, we’ve rounded up several other companies who are also virtually celebrating this year! Check it out.
Today the Glassdoor LaFamilia ERG helped us celebrate the culture, achievements, and experiences of people with a Mexican background, who live in the US by sharing the history of the fifth of May. This included myth busters, celebration etiquette, and an employee recorded how-to video to make a Paloma! The mission of the LaFamilia ERG at Glassdoor is to celebrate and promote awareness of the Hispanic/Latinx culture and provide professional, educational, and cultural ideas to our Glassdoor community. They are committed to addressing the needs of our Hispanic community and providing opportunities that empower lives and careers.
How did you celebrate Earth Day? This year our Workplace Experience team led virtual classes on indoor plant care. In addition all Glassdoor global employees were encouraged to get outdoors and take photos in nature to be used in a company-wide exhibition.
During this time when all of us are learning to adjust to working from home, the resources provided by Glassdoor and all of our colleagues have been extremely helpful. We can do this!