I’m trading in my pumps for converse and it feels pretty good. Ron Garrow, Chief Human Resources Officer at MasterCard, recently announced changes to the dress code policy at the MasterCard Headquarters. The office is moving to a more relaxed business casual environment. So what does this mean for MasterCard employees? It means jeans and sneakers are no longer a fashion no-no.
There’s no doubt about it, MasterCard is a technology company in the payments space innovating across the globe on a daily basis, but it’s about time we don’t just talk the talk but actually walk the walk.
Named sixth on 2015 DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity ranking, MasterCard is encouraging employees to bring their very best and unique selves to work every day with more freedom to sport personal style. Inspiring self-expression through a smart and casual dress code is MasterCard’s next step towards establishing itself as inherently “techy.”
Dressing Up for the Start Up
An important milestone in MasterCard’s evolution as a technology payments company came when the NYC Tech Hub was launched back in October, 2014. With its open floor plan and edgy vibe, the NYC Tech Hub is home to a rich talent pool of product and technology teams collaborating to create cutting-edge payment tech in what feels like a startup environment.
While confusing headquarters with a startup would be a stretch, it’s exciting to see HQ begin to adopt tech hub culture like our new game room where you’re likely to find grown adults in competitive play with their Xbox controllers. No wonder why Business Insider ranked MasterCard among the 50 best companies to work for in America.
In addition to sparking innovation and creative expression, adopting tech hub culture has done a great job eliminating the generational gap. It’s not just us millennials cruising down the halls on orange scooters. You’ll often find men and women of all ages riding scooters around the office to make it to meetings on time. Watching executives challenge college hires to a game of basketball, ping pong, or foosball has also been pretty priceless.
Something tells me this is just the beginning for MasterCard as it continues its evolution as a technology company revolutionizing how the world thinks about payments.