Adjusting to our new normal in 2020 was challenging for all of us around the globe. It forced us to lean in a bit more to the digital aspects of our physical and digital convergence-themed logo and rallied as an organization. We observed our employees adapting in news ways, making sure that we embraced our culture and ideals as we shifted to accommodate the pandemic and challenges ahead of us. Staying true to our values – PTC for All, Boldness & Agility, Customer First, Excellence & Innovation, and Brains, Passion & Fun – brought all of us together, growing a culture and camaraderie that gives us purpose and accelerates our power to create.
PTC has always focused on having a strong culture. We are continually focused on creating a workplace where all our employees can be their true, authentic selves, feel a sense of belonging and have amazing experiences. As our world was flipped upside down this year, we pivoted and adjusted efforts to ensure we could help our people continue to thrive, as well as continuing to focus on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts. These included:
- Increased employee communications to ensure awareness, transparency and engagement of our employees throughout the pandemic with weekly CEO webcasts.
- Flexible work arrangements and policies to support employees maintain some work/life balance as they adjusted to our new normal.
- Inclusive policies, such as flexible work arrangements, medical & policy support for transgender employees, and 12 weeks of paid leave for all new parents.
- Engagement opportunities to help educate employees and inspire positive action, such as a storytelling series, and Global Diversity Week.
- Inclusive office changes, such as gender-inclusive restrooms and wellness rooms with employer-provided breast pumps.
- Diversifying our talent pool by expanding the avenues we use to recruit talent, including career fairs tailored for underrepresented populations.
- Continued community leadership to advance workplace inclusion, including sponsoring the MA LGBT Chamber of Commerce and MA Conference for Women, underwriting and committing to the MassTLC Tech Compact for Social Justice, and becoming a signatory of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion.
I am proud to share PTC has placed on Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work for the fourth consecutive year. Our efforts have not gone unnoticed, placing 13th again on the Largest Companies List this year. Our Massachusetts-based employees continue to inspire me every day, as do all the PTC employees around the globe. This award is acknowledgement that our efforts are being recognized. As our President & CEO Jim Heppelmann has said, “It is important that our employees’ voices are heard, their perspectives are welcomed, and their impact is valued…We remain focused on maintaining a culture of innovation and inclusion.”
Looking forward to 2021, I know challenges will remain, but I am confident that our people will achieve amazing things. We are committed to being a great place to work and creating a culture that allows us to best serve our employees, customers, and communities for years to come.
Congratulations to our Massachusetts-based employees and thanks for all that you do to make PTC a top place to work!
About the Author
Jill Larsen, PHR, has more than 25 years of experience establishing and digitally transforming human resources functions at global technology and life sciences companies. Prior to PTC, Jill was Chief People Officer at Medidata (MDSO), a public life sciences software company located in NYC.
Prior to Medidata, Jill spent five years in a blended SVP role at Cisco Systems, as both a global HRBP and leader of Talent Acquisition. Additionally, Jill led HR for Cisco’s Services organization, supporting 14,000 employees and $13B in revenues. Earlier in her career, Jill spent five years at EMC as the CHRO of RSA and the Head of HR Operations and spent seven years in HR leadership roles at SunGard where she led the centralization of all HR functions as part of an LBO.
Jill holds a Masters in HR from Emmanuel College and received her BA from Boston College. Jill is a two-time finalist for HRO Today’s TA Leader of the Year Award, a winner of the YWCA Women’s Leadership Award, and a winner of the Bob Gatti HR Leader of Distinction Award. She is an active public speaker focused on HR digitization and the future of work and she serves as a Board Member & Advisor to privately funded technology startups. Outside of work, Jill lives with her husband and she is a mom to twin teenage boys and two golden retrievers.