Ubisoft has employed Anika Grant to change into its new Chief Folks Officer in a job the place she is going to oversee the writer’s efforts towards making certain the corporate’s workplaces are “anchored in security, respect, and wellbeing.” The hiring of Grant comes after Ubisoft was known as out for having a “frat house” culture of sexism and abuse.
Grant may also be part of Ubisoft’s government committee, and she or he begins right now, April 8. Grant, who’s an Australian citizen, was previously the worldwide HR director at Dyson. Earlier than that, she was a senior director of HR at Uber, and earlier than that, she held a high-level HR place at Accenture.
Grant will report on to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. In a press launch, Ubisoft stated Grant may also handle Ubisoft’s “international recruiting, expertise administration, management growth, and compensation and advantages, and can contribute to enhancing the corporate’s organizational efficiency.”
Guillemot stated in an announcement that he is wanting ahead to working with Grant to create a tradition at Ubisoft of “respect, range, inclusion, and collective wellbeing.”
“Working alongside me, Anika’s mission will encompass aligning all our HR groups with a powerful, shared imaginative and prescient, constructing a sturdy expertise pipeline, and implementing revolutionary and new methods of working,” he stated. “Anika may also be focusing her management efforts on strengthening our international company tradition, making certain that every one our groups can thrive in an surroundings that promotes a tradition of respect, range, inclusion and collective wellbeing.”
As for Grant, she stated she’s excited to get to work at Ubisoft to assist make the corporate “an employer of alternative, one that provides its crew members thrilling challenges, a welcoming and open surroundings, and the liberty to specific their creativity every single day.”
In 2020, Ubisoft disclosed that roughly 25% of workers who participated in a survey skilled or witnessed some type of office misconduct over the past two years. Minority teams have been disproportionately affected; girls skilled harassment 30% greater than males, and non-binary workers skilled it 43% greater than males. Solely 66% of respondents who reported an incident stated they felt they acquired help from administration.
Experiences of Ubisoft’s culture issues have been creating as extra workers communicate out. Guillemot had beforehand promised a structural shift on the firm, together with the bonuses for managers. Guillemot has been typically apologetic in his public feedback however has additionally stated he was largely unaware of the workplace problems.
A number of senior executives at Ubisoft stepped down in the wake of the allegations.