Ubisoft’s chief people officer thinks the company is now on the right path after addressing the misconduct crisis. The officer also thinks that a lot of progress has also been made by the company going forward.
Ubisoft’s Chief People Officer Addressing Misconduct Crisis
Anika Grant, the chief people officer of Ubisoft, has just spoken about what she described as the “misconduct crisis” of the company and has stated that Ubisoft is now “on the right path” to recover from it.
As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, Grant reportedly acknowledged the so-called “crisis” during the GamesIndustry.biz HR Summit in just the previous month and then spoke about what the firm has been doing in order to address the said issues that were raised back in 2020 in regards to alleged harassment and misconduct.
“HR was considered to be part of the problem,” she stated. “As a result, we had lost the confidence of our teams. Confidence in us as a function, confidence in us as individuals and as a profession. So my first priority was to figure out how we could win back that trust.”
Ubisoft’s Approach to Creating a Safe Working Environment
Grant reportedly explained that Ubisoft has set up a couple of initiatives, and this is inclusive of a new code of conduct, an improved internal reporting system, a couple of more training programs, as well as an employee relations team (and this is including external professionals with experience in handling misconduct).
According to Grant, in the company’s employee survey that took place in 2022, the said responses to questions that tied into safe and respectful workplaces all revealed large improvements on previous years, with the phrase “I am treated with respect and dignity” reportedly ranking as the second highest-scoring question on the survey.
“The work that’s needed to foster a safe and caring workspace is something that never really ends and something that we continue to focus on and be invested in,” Grant stated. “But at least for now, we’ve heard directly from our teams that we’re on the right path and that progress has been made.”
Five Former Ubisoft Staff Members Had Reportedly Been Detained By Police for Questioning
Just in the previous week, it was reported by Libération, a French news outlet (and seen by Eurogamer) that five former Ubisoft staff members had reportedly been detained by police for questioning as part of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct at the firm. These reports in question surfaced a week after Grant spoke about the “misconduct crisis” at the GamesIndustry.biz HR Summit.
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