A company-wide survey conducted by Ubisoft reveals unbelievable toxic behavior including people who have seen or experienced grave misconducts.
Yesterday, Ubisoft head Yves Guillemot revealed the results of an internal survey that shows at least 1 of 4 or a quarter of the company’s employees have either witnessed or experienced unethical behavior inside the workplace.
Guillemot disclosed that sharing this information is part of his plans to give transparency on the ongoing investigation into claims made earlier this year. The letter also reveals a few action items that Ubisoft is planning to do in order to enhance its culture, an initiative that the CEO explained after accusations of abuse arose earlier this year.
During the summer, a few employees of Ubisoft started to come forward with accounts detailing atrocious stories of discrimination and abuse. The company then initiated a massive campaign in response to investigate its internal affairs and behavior of its employees.
A lot of high ranking employees began resigning from the company soon after, including Maxime Beland – Ubisoft’s editorial vice president – who was a renowned member of the editorial team.
A letter addressed directly by Ubisoft’s CEO contained the results of an internal survey provided to Ubisoft employees. Based on the results, at least 14,000 staff replied anonymously to the evaluation. He also added that there were also 2,000 employees who attended exclusive discussions, 1,200 spoke during the investigation, and another investigation team administered interviews and focus groups about internal problems at Ubisoft.
The results coming out of these assessments implied that the company needs to guarantee a courteous work environment, assign more resources when it comes to inclusion, put better HR practices, and hire more enabled team managers who can be accountable for their actions.
The survey discovered that 25 percent of Ubisoft’s employees have witnessed or even experienced misbehavior themselves and 20 percent stated that they don’t feel safe inside the workplace. It also revealed that women are relatively 30 percent more likely to get involved in harassment compared to their male counterparts, and this number jumped up to more than 40 percent for binary people.
The remainder of the letter describes how Ubisoft’s management plans to fix these severe internal problems. They are planning to implement impartial report systems, carry out necessary anti-harassment training, hire a person to be the Head of Diversity and Inclusion, and reorganize the company.
While the letter from the CEO ends on a statement that huge changes don’t happen instantly, Guillemot guarantees everyone that Ubisoft is slowly but surely providing solutions to these issues and that they will consistently give updates on the company’s progress.
However, the previous feedbacks to harassment claims made by Ubisoft didn’t sit well among fans. Ubisoft failed to mention the current issues within its walls at the recently concluded Ubisoft Forward showcase which eventually raised some concerns about how serious the company is really taking its responsibilities to its staff.