At Gannett, employees can be their full, authentic selves. This culture is especially important to Jade, Senior Director and HR Business Partner on the People Resources Team. Jade has seen firsthand how unique personalities are beneficial to the business.
“Gannett gets Jade all the time. But what I appreciate the most is that they accept Jade. It’s one thing to come to an organization and be who you are, but it’s another thing when it’s received with open arms from peers, leadership team members and all the way up to the CEO. It’s extremely important to be yourself in order to get the job done.”
Another key aspect to getting the job done, especially in an industry that is constantly evolving, is employee development. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of staff now work remotely. In lieu of in-person learning, Gannett has embraced virtual learning.
“Because of the pandemic, we had to find new ways to invest in our staff. Our learning programs are awesome not only for employees who want to improve their skillset, but for managers, too. A lot of our managers continue to utilize our online learning platform for performance management, coaching plans and development.”
Jade exemplifies Gannett’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity in leadership roles, as a senior director with the People Resources team, and as Co-Chair of our African American Forward Employee Resource Group (ERG).
“Our ERGs provide opportunities to create what we like to call ‘space and grace’. Space to educate and bring awareness and grace for individuals to come and learn, while having positive and constructive dialogue from different backgrounds and life experiences. I appreciate that Gannett took a stance to acknowledge there could be more done in the inclusion, diversity and equity space — the company truly understands it is critical to the success of our business.”