We work together to create an environment in which we can all thrive. We acknowledge that separating a “work self” from a “personal self” is often difficult. We strive to create a culture where everyone feels safe and respected sharing their personal interests and identities. At the same time, we support candidates and coworkers who wish to preserve separation between their personal and work selves. We are sensitive to power dynamics and explicitly examine the ones at work in our company.
We are cognizant of the pitfalls of small company monocultures and of how easy it is to accidentally perpetuate one. We seek coworkers who share our values, are committed to our company’s mission, and will engage in crafting healthy team dynamics that support everyone. We actively examine the many ways that our industry elevates privileged points of view (especially the cis white male perspective), and we work to avoid replicating these flaws.
Our company leverages the power of human relationships to help people live happier and healthier lives. We keep the same focus internally. Our culture and habits put a strong emphasis on self-care. We encourage humor and lightheartedness to avoid taking ourselves too seriously. We understand that building a company is an ultra-marathon, and we help each other work hard but sustainably.
We hire teammates who desire to learn as much as possible about the realities of running a growing company. We communicate openly about the rationale behind the decisions we make so that everybody can learn from the results.
We interact primarily as coworkers, but we understand that our co-working relationships require as much active work as close friendships. We have frequent one-on-ones, share meals regularly, strongly encourage Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), and practice honest, compassionate feedback. We learn from each other, and respect the power of coaching while providing mutual mentorship. We all work hard to be the best versions of ourselves with each other.
We believe we have a responsibility to engage and strengthen our communities. In 2014, Welkin started its Corporate Social Responsibility Program. Every quarter, Welkin alternates between donating either employees’ time volunteering or 1% of our invoiced revenue.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Welkin sees firsthand the needs of some of the Bay Area’s most vulnerable populations. We’ve volunteered with local organizations and enjoyed opportunities to witness how their work directly affects community members.
Our history of giving includes:
- New Door Ventures
- St. Anthony’s
- The Malala Fund
- Coalition on Homelessness
- Food not Bombs
- Self-Help Hunger
- People’s Community Medics
- Banteay Srei
- Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice
- Midway Shelter of Alameda
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Mission Tenants’ Fire Fund
- Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center
- Last Mile
- Double Union
- Bayview Hunter’s Point Foundation
Welkin is committed to creating an environment where a variety of perspectives are encouraged and heard. We work to understand where we currently stand and set goals to improve team diversity, ensure retention across the board, and increase feelings of inclusion. We keep our efforts and results transparent, building a space for this to be an ongoing conversation.
Welkin is in a unique situation because we’ve made diversity & inclusion integral to the foundation of the company we’re building. Welkin’s leaders are deeply involved in our D&I initiatives, which is necessary for making an enduring impact across the company.
We are constantly learning and doing the research and experimentation necessary to take steps in the right direction.
April De Costa