How Citrix Re-Built Its People Strategy Around D&I

October 22, 2018 Sarah Mulcahy

Donna Kimmel

In 2015, Citrix – a technology company with 9,000 employees worldwide – went through a major transformation. Donna Kimmel, senior vice president and chief people officer, came on board after Citrix’s long-time CEO left. She became part of the leadership team tasked with setting a new course for the company and re-designing Citrix’s strategy.

How would Citrix change its recruiting strategy moving forward? Which values would carry Citrix through its transformation and drive long-term success for the business? How should Citrix change its approach to employee growth and development?

Whether you’ve been part of a team driving a similar change management program or been an employee experiencing a strategy shift, these are all important questions to consider. After Donna led a session at WorkHuman 2018 on “Leveraging the Power of Human Differences,” she sat down with WorkHuman Radio to share more detail around Citrix’s new people strategy. You can listen to the interview by clicking the player at the top of this post.

Below are a few of my favorite quotes from Donna’s interview:

  • “Brand, culture, and strategy all intertwine and you really need to think about all at the same time.”
  • “When you think about diversity in the organization, you’re not only trying to build from the ground up, but you want to make sure you’re providing the right career opportunities to enable all employees – including diverse employees – to be promoted into roles … People want to be able to see themselves in many levels of the company.”
  • “It is wonderful to see how many people feel so strongly about bringing the human back into the workplace … When I look at the population of people who [attend WorkHuman], it’s a combination of HR professionals, as well as and business and line professionals. That speaks to how far we’ve come in terms of a desire to create a new kind of workplace.”

As a Globoforce customer, Citrix has also worked to revamp its recognition program to be more meaningful and offer rewards centered on the whole person. Results from the recent global employee survey show 96% of employees believe Citrix treats employees fairly, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or age.

You can learn more about Citrix’s transformation on WorkHuman Radio. Happy listening!

About the Author

Sarah Mulcahy

Sarah is senior content marketing manager at Workhuman. When not writing and reading about all things culture, leadership, recognition, and appreciation, she enjoys iced coffee, running, and spending time with her daughters, Mabel and Eva.

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