Automattic, the Remote Workforce and Diversity at the Workplace

Diversity and the Remote Workforce


There’s a lot of work needed to shift the dial on diversity & inclusion within the tech industry, particularly in Silicon Valley. The work is ongoing and game changers like Change Catalyst, Women in Technology International and Flexjobs are breaking boundaries through education and conferences, and creating platforms that open opportunities to job seekers that don’t need to be limited by physical location by applying for remote work opportunities.

Getting Diversity Right

Take a look at Automattic, the force behind WordPress. Automattic are committed to creating a safe, productive an innovative environment through diversity:

We are an international company with employees who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We believe that the more perspectives we embrace, the better we are at engaging our global community of users and developers. We want to build Automattic as an environment where people love their work and show respect and empathy to those with whom we interact.

Automattic are fully invested in a strong remote workforce. So much that they recently closed their physical office in San Francisco.

How Automattic Does Diversity & Inclusion

In “Actions Anyone Can Take to Help Diversity & Inclusion“, Anne McCarthy of Automattic shares an inside perspective on how diversity & inclusion is supported within their organization.

Town halls are held with Matt Mullenweb, CEO
Questions are encouraged, expected
Attending D&I events are encouraged, McCarthy says:

Ask what events are happening at your company that you can go to. If there are educational opportunities for D&I, make the time to go. Show up and show support.

On the topic of education, McCarthy says:

There are LOADS of resources. Don’t put the burden on those in a burdened position to educate you. To help get you going, start here (courtesy of my coworker Andrea Middleton):

Diversity 101

How Prejudice and Bias Works, and everything else from the Required Reading section of Angry Black Woman

Racism 101 for White People

5 Stages of Unlearning Racism

Wrap Up

One of the things I love about working with WordPress is the massive community around it. After going to my first WordPress meet up in San Francisco I was hooked. I was surrounded by some of the most interesting nerds I could ask to run into, not just talented but of diverse backgrounds, genders and ages. The opposite of what you run into when you watch the news and hear about another issue about the lack of diversity in the teach workspace in Silicon Valley.

We’ll be looking at other companies steps towards building a creative diverse workforce. Automattic stands out as a global leader, committed to remote work and a strong diverse and inclusive workforce.