Today, March 17, is St. Patrick's Day, when all things Irish are celebrated around the world. The date is a national holiday in Ireland to commemorate the famous patron saint, who brought Christianity to the shores of Ireland in the 5th Century. Thanks to the growth of the Irish diaspora, St. Patrick is recognized with annual parades and celebrations that stretch far beyond the Emerald Isle, including New York, Moscow, Buenos Aires, and Sydney.
For over fifty years, the Chicago River has been infused with green vegetable dye each year in honor of the great saint. Ireland has been an emigrant nation for hundreds of years, and it is estimated that one million Irish born nationals are currently living outside of the country. I’m one of the 500,000 Irish living in the UK, having moved from Dublin with my job over a decade ago.
I’m very happy to wear green and drink a pint of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day, but I don’t feel I need a dedicated day to express my background and Irish culture. London, like many great global cities, is a melting pot of diverse cultures that live and work together. The restaurant chain Pret a Manger, recently reported that its 7,500 UK employees span 110 different nations.
The Xactly London office of 21 employees, while significantly smaller than Pret a Manger, represents six nationalities working together in a growing team. Each employee has a dedicated role to play in supporting the business and building a strong local presence. The UK is just one of five global Xactly offices and, despite the distances between San Jose, London or Bangalore, all employees share the same core values to guide our behaviors and decisions every day.
These values, when written together spell out C.A.R.E. – standing for Customer Focus, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence. They are woven into Xactly’s business goals, and encourage employees to embrace our different backgrounds, and work together. XactlyOne extends the C.A.R.E values of our company’s culture into the communities where employees live and work, encouraging a local spirit of giving and engagement.
The UK office recently held an International Food Evening, which raised funds for a local foodbank. The team provided dishes from their respective countries to share, with some employees reaching back into their heritage to add to the diverse menu. The result was a wonderful merging of cultures, tasty food, and a fun evening.
All Xactlians are invited to share in corporate initiatives, such as the company’s 12th Birthday celebration this month, and also qualify for comparable employment benefits in each office. Monthly company-wide conference calls and regular departmental meetings ensure we are all appropriately informed and aligned.
Online business tools and applications, such as Salesforce, allow us to share information seamlessly across several time zones, helping support our customers – many with similarly diverse cultures and geographically dispersed teams.
By continuing to embrace and celebrate the differences within, I believe the Xactly offices are working to build a culture that encourages continued success for all. For the week that’s in it, I’ll raise a pint of Guinness* to that! *Fun fact – 13 million pints of Guinness will be drunk around the world on St. Patrick’s Day.