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Belonging Makes Us Better: Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Abraham Mendieta | September 20, 2022

Celebrated Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 annually, National Hispanic Heritage Month was created to coincide with important dates in Hispanic history and culture.

Sept. 15, for example, marks the anniversary of independence for El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua, while Mexico and Chile observe their independence on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively.

At Paycom, we’re grateful for the opportunity to recognize the wide variety of Hispanic cultures, histories and people in our communities and nation, while celebrating their contribution to our workforce.

So why is National Hispanic Heritage Month important to us? Let’s take a look!

“There’s this vision that people have about tech and that it’s far away, but I’m glad when my family or friends see me working here and they realize that it’s not.”
—Yoselyn D., scrum master

Diverse perspectives help us thrive

The Hispanic population continues to grow in the United States, expanding by 23% between the 2010 and 2020 censuses, now making up almost 19% of the total U.S. population.

When we say the impact of Hispanic cultures can’t be overstated, that’s not just in society at large, but also right here in our offices. These voices are a crucial part of the Paycom culture as they contribute to ongoing innovation throughout the organization.

As an S&P 500 firm innovating in the HR and payroll sphere, Paycom finds this diversity invaluable to creating software that simplifies the lives of employees from diverse backgrounds and cultures. This collaboration provides bilingual training and a mobile-friendly app experience to Spanish-speaking employees nationwide, empowering them to manage personal data in their native language.

“Mexican culture is centered around including and taking care of each other, which is why customer service was a great fit for me. I like making sure everyone is content, and I do everything in my power to get their needs met. It makes me feel accomplished.”
—Maria V., benefits coordinator

People come first

As we recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s a great opportunity to discuss how we approach Paycom’s most important resource: our people.

We make our workforce a priority, and everyone at Paycom — employees and leadership alike — works hard to maintain a culture that values diversity, inclusion and belonging year-round.

“I feel like I’m at the bottom of a mountain and when I look up, there are ways to keep climbing. That’s not something you get in a lot of companies. Here, the climb is possible.”
—Damian S., networking engineer

Paycom’s goals for inclusion and diversity are to ensure we:

  • make employees feel heard, valued and appreciated for who they are
  • foster a work environment where employees feel safe to share their story
  • encourage diversity of thought through open dialogue and engagement
  • build and retain a more diverse workforce at all levels through recruitment and continuous development
  • identify opportunities to strengthen the communities where we live and work

At Paycom, several initiatives allow us to celebrate, educate and empower our diverse staff and the communities we call home. These initiatives include employee-driven donations to inclusion-oriented nonprofits, and participation in Paycom’s internal employee resource groups and Better Conversations series. These open-forum discussions offer employees the opportunity to participate in dialogues about vital topics affecting them.

Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond, Paycom is proud to recognize the rich contributions and unique perspectives of our diverse workforce. To learn more about Paycom’s diversity initiatives, please visit our diversity, inclusion and belonging website.

About the author
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Abraham Mendieta
As an employer brand marketer, Abraham Mendieta helps the recruiting teams engage top talent and increase brand awareness. Mendieta is a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he earned degrees in both sociology and advertising. His efforts on Paycom’s employer brand team include company culture; careers; and diversity, equity and inclusion. Outside work, Abraham enjoys reading, going to the gym, spending time outdoors and hanging out with his family and friends.