Wikimedia Foundation Talent and Culture department

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The Talent and Culture (T&C) department (previously called "Human Resources") is a Wikimedia Foundation department focused on recruiting, leadership and organizational development and personnel management.

T&C Annual Plan FY18-19[edit]

Program: Diversity & Inclusion[edit]

Teams contributing to the program:
T&C, C-Team, Diversity Alliance, ERGs, All Staff
Annual Plan FY18-19 topline goals: Foundational Strength - evolve our systems and structures
The sum of all knowledge for every single human being; we can’t do that by leaving people out. As an organization focused on global projects, diversity and inclusion is critical not only for projects, but also for staff. We must evolve to reflect what we want to be in the movement.
Program Goal:
We welcome and cherish our differences. We engage in civil discourse.
Outcome:
The road to improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace is paved with consistency, transparency, and objectivity in employee lifecycle processes. This requires taking a holistic and comprehensive approach to improve the current employee experience and outreach with new people, organizations and communities to connect with and attract the staff of the future.  
Output 1: Embed values into the employee lifecycle
Output 2: Increase critical process visibility for staff,  improving transparency & consistency
Output 3: Create partnerships for long term support of the program

Program: Development & Leadership[edit]

Teams contributing to the program:
T&C, C-Team, All Staff
Annual Plan FY18-19 topline goals: Foundational Strength - evolve our systems and structures
With leaps and bounds as well as stumbles and false-starts, we seek to continually improve ourselves, our projects, our communities, our world. With initiative and experimentation, we iterate our way toward making the world a better place. We are guided by a vision of a better world. We revere what has come before and are in awe of the work ahead. Engaging in civil discourse requires kindness, care, respect, tact, empathy, trust, and safety. It is key to getting, giving, and receiving good information. We must create space where people feel safe to express themselves and be heard.
Program Goal:
We strive for excellence. We are inspired.  We engage in civil discourse.
Outcome:
Imagine a world in which our our people are equipped with the mindsets and skills required to solve the complex challenges before us; where we live our values; where we support and challenge each other in pursuit of our mission.
Output 1: Develop leaders: Support and engage leaders to help them change and develop on the job. Offer trainings that are experiential and engaging.
Output 2: Support healthy performance: Constructive feedback and quality conversation anchored in accountability are the fuel of high performance. Offer trainings and coaching 1:1 in the art of developmental and difficult conversations.
Output 3: Create a “practice environment”: Getting, giving, and receiving good information is an ongoing practice. Work to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable practicing as a student.

Program: Global Embrace[edit]

Teams contributing to the program:
T&C, C-Team, All Staff
Annual Plan FY18-19 topline goals: Foundational Strength - evolve our systems and structures
Our differences are precious; they make us smarter, stronger, humble. They balance our biases and weaknesses. We do our best work when we understand problems from all perspectives. When voices are absent, ignored or silenced, we seek them out. We are welcoming hosts, caring neighbors, and equitable allies. We welcome difference with curiosity, delight and hope. Collaboration is not always easy. Working together is hard, but it’s worth it. We do it because it makes us stronger. For it to work well, each of us needs to be honest, accountable, and transparent to one another.
Program Goal:
We are in this together.  We welcome and cherish our differences.
Outcome:
We seek to hire the brightest and most engaged talent across the world, while constantly striving to streamline processes and improve internal operations to engage, develop and retain them.
Output 1: Globally diverse & inclusive recruiting:  Nurture a globally diverse & inclusive mindset throughout the hiring process from creation of the JD, workforce planning, sourcing strategy, interviews/evaluations and the closing process. This includes a high-touch, transparent and values-driven experience that has candidates walking away with a very high view of the Foundation as a top organization to work for.
Output 2: Global worker experience: Ensure ability to work with people around the globe, minimizing risk to the foundation while ensuring baseline benefits and a supportive experience.

Connection to Foundation’s Annual Plan FY18-19 Goals[edit]

Annual Plan FY18-19 Goal #3: Foundational Strength - evolve our systems and structures
The sum of all knowledge for every single human being; we can’t do that by leaving people out. As an organization focused on global projects, we must evolve and improve to reflect what we want to be in the movement.

Our differences are precious; they make us smarter, stronger, humble. They balance biases, weaknesses. We do our best when we understand problems from all perspectives. When voices are absent, ignored or silenced, we seek them out. We are welcoming hosts and equitable allies. We welcome differences with curiosity, delight and hope. This collaboration is not easy, but it’s worth it. For it to work, each of us needs to be honest, accountable and transparent to one another.  We must create space where people feel safe to express themselves and be heard.

The road to improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace is paved with consistency, transparency and objectivity in employee lifecycle processes. This requires taking a holistic and comprehensive approach to improve the employee experience, and outreach with new people, organizations and communities to attract the staff of the future, bright and engaged talent across the world.

Imagine that world in which our our people are equipped with the mindsets and skills required to solve the challenges before us; where we live our values; where we support and challenge each other in pursuit of our mission.

With leaps and bounds, as well as stumbles and false-starts, we seek to continually improve ourselves, our projects, our communities, our world. With initiative and experimentation, we iterate our way toward making the world a better place.

Other activities[edit]

Other programs
T&C ongoing work streams include (partial list):
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Learning & development
  • Recruiting, including executive and board
  • Values
  • Organizational development
  • Onboarding & offboarding
  • New hire orientation
  • Benefits & wellness
  • Engagement
  • Performance management
  • Employee relations
  • HRIS, payroll & reporting
  • Compensation program
  • Contractor program
  • Immigration
  • Internship programs
  • Leave programs
  • International workforce
  • ERG support
  • Legal compliance
  • Ergonomics and staff safety