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Paycom Proud: Pride Month Q&A

Bonny Calfy | June 11, 2021

At Paycom, our people are our priority. We encourage everyone on our staff to form deeper relationships based on mutual respect and understanding, and we’ve worked to build a culture that weaves this approach to diversity and inclusion into everything we do.

With June being Pride Month, we wanted to hear from members of the Paycom team about what this time means to them. Let’s see what they had to say!

What makes you proud to work at Paycom?

“Besides our cutting-edge technology, I’m proud to work for a company where tough conversations are encouraged and diversity is embraced.”  Juan

“Where do I start? Paycom is not only where I found the career I love, but where I found my chosen family. From Day One, I never had to hide who I was, yet I didn’t need to disclose who I was. Paycom is a company that judges based on the work of the individual … and I’m able to prove my talents and be rewarded every day based on my work and not my orientation.” Joshua

“I enjoy the fair treatment and clear expectations this company gives its employees. I’ve never felt so appreciated working anywhere else.” Megan

What does Pride Month mean to you?

“At work, it’s having the ability to express myself, not just during June but every single day. Outside of work, this month has greater meaning than rainbows and parades. It means living every day as my authentic self. I live with pride every single day because I wasn’t able to for 22 years of my life.” —Jake

“To me, Pride Month means you fully accept who you are despite what others say or think about you. It means loving and accepting yourself for exactly who you are.” Seth

“Pride Month is the acceptance and love of all humankind, no matter our differences. It’s about equality. Instead of persecuting people for their differences — embracing and celebrating them. You don’t have to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate. It’s for everyone!” Megan

What would you tell a co-worker if they had questions about the LGBTQ+ community?

“Just ask, but be respectful. I also wouldn’t flat-out ask a stranger about their identity. It’s not the first thing you need to know about a person. The worst is to step around the subject like it’s something to be avoided. If acknowledging who I am is still considered off-limits or a faux pas, then what great strides in social consciousness have we really made?” Tara

“I would tell them to listen to people’s stories. I think listening to stories is the best way to learn about a community one might not know about. We as a society spend so much time talking instead of truly listening with intent to understand.” Seth

“It’s a community that welcomes everyone and knows how to have a great time!” Megan

“I welcome them! Even if they’re uncomfortable questions for the individual to ask, the best thing they can do is ask to be educated, rather than assume and risk being incorrect.” Joshua

What are some LGBTQ+ resources that are helpful to you?

“Some of my best resources come from counseling. Having someone to talk to that you know won’t judge has been a game-changer since coming out almost two years ago. Also, finding a group of friends you can rely on. Thankfully, one of those groups for me is my co-workers (family) here at Paycom.”Seth

“Some of the best connections I’ve found are online on sites like Tumblr.” Tara

“The Trevor Project, GLAAD and gay influencers on social media.” Jake

Are you interested in joining a company that actively and continuously works to build a more diverse and inclusive culture? Consider applying for a position at Paycom today!

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Bonny Calfy
As Paycom’s recruitment marketer team lead, Bonny Calfy writes about such topics as human capital management, company culture, talent acquisition and career advice. Her brand-awareness efforts at Paycom have included launching Paycom Careers’ blog and social media channels, and producing several recruiting videos, all to help attract top talent nationwide. Outside of work, Bonny enjoys reading, fishing and spending time with her son and husband.