Paizo Update from Jeff Alvarez

Monday, September 20, 2021

My public statement on Wednesday was a fundamental expression of Paizo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, values that I share both personally and professionally. It was an opening statement—not the final word on the topic by any means.

Words are important.

But I also know that actions are even more important.

As a result, I want to share with you a number of actions that address some of the concerns that have been brought to our attention over the last week.

The welfare and safety of our employees is paramount. No employee will ever be fired for whistleblowing or advocating for employee safety and wellbeing, and we have never fired an employee for doing so.

Following our return from Gen Con, the Executive Team will schedule individual meetings with our managers to give them a chance to share concerns directly. In the coming weeks, Paizo will issue an independently managed employee engagement survey to provide all employees with an anonymous means to provide candid feedback. The information provided through this process is aimed at addressing employee concerns and driving change to create a more positive workplace.

We take all claims of harassment seriously. Our CEO Lisa Stevens released a statement in 2019 that underscores Paizo’s stance on this matter, and it applies today as well. You can read that here: https://paizo.com/community/guidelines.

We held staff-wide in person anti-harassment training in 2018 and initiated annual mandatory online training earlier in 2021.

We are currently finalizing a job description to fill a vacant full-time HR position. You’ll see this posted in the next few business days, and we’ll be looking for a candidate with expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is important to all of us that this professional can help us to maintain Paizo’s shared commitment to our values in recruitment, hiring, and daily operations.

In the meantime, we are encouraging our employees to make use of the free independent human resources hotline Paizo initiated in 2018, where they can report grievances of any kind in complete confidentiality.

Paizo makes decisions about employee convention attendance based on the business and community needs of the show, irrespective of gender or gender identity. However, it is time that Paizo evolves from the longtime practice of employees sharing rooms during convention and business travel. As such, we have enacted a one-employee-per-room policy that will be our standard moving forward. Employees can request to share a room if they so choose.

We are extending Paizo’s existing work-from-home timeline through at least the end of the year. Employees that want to work from the office can continue to do so but will need to abide by the company’s existing vaccination and mask policies. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines and keep our employees as safe as possible during the pandemic by offering work-from-home and a safe office space for those who prefer that option.

Over the last several years, we have invested heavily in Project Management to help the company get a better sense of workload in the Creative Department, implementing company-wide project management software and increasing the size of the project management team. This work has already resulted in increased production schedule lead times, and Paizo will continue to leverage this valuable resource to provide better work/life balances for our employees.

In the same period, the creation of additional management positions within the Creative Department has also helped give staff better access to managers, and to empower those managers to better gauge deadlines and workloads. As with our Project Management initiatives, this is an ongoing process, but it is already bearing fruit and improving not just Paizo’s products, but the lives of the brilliant creatives who make them possible.

To clear up some confusion that has worked its way into the conversation, freelancer relations remains the purview of the Creative Department. Paizo freelancers who appreciate their strong relationship with our developers, editors, and art team can be assured that we have made no changes on this front.

Finally, based on feedback from the staff, we changed professional cleaning services in 2017, and the offices have been cleaned and vacuumed on a regular basis since then.

These aren’t the only things we are doing. We are building strategies to address the challenges facing the company and will strive to be more transparent about our plans as we build stronger lines of communication with everyone at Paizo. We are committed to listening. We are committed to continuing to improve based on the feedback of our teams. There will be more messages, and more concrete actions, to come.

--Jeff

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It's not that simple. It's easy to say we'd pay a few bucks more to help creators earn a living way and it's probably true for many here, but at the same time, there's a very predictable dropoff in sales with increases in price. A few of us saying we'd pay more likely doesn't change that much. Maybe a "union made" appeal would help, maybe not.

Or to be a bit more cynical: If they could raise prices without affecting sales too much, they'd have done it long ago to increase profits.


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Totally Not Gorbacz wrote:

Seems like hoarding gaming books you don't need is something you did in the past so I believe you can stomach a small price hike by not buying APs you'll never run or map folios.

I don't mind price hikes, Thankfully, I have a decent amount of disposable income for my hobbies. I don't know why you felt the need to link the stuff I sold off a while ago.

I still spend money on this type of stuff even if I've moved to 5e, and I'll likely buy one last paizo pdf of the 5e monster conversion book for Kingmaker's update when it ever gets released.
Thanks for your interest.

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If a company cannot afford to operate while paying its employees what their labor is worth then that company should not exist

I disagree with the foundation of this statement, but I certainly hope that the UPW can negotiate appropriate compensation.

You can often get a lot bigger benefit package if you look at alternate compensation items like insurance, vacation time, working environment, etc. than simply focusing on salary income. One of our locals could not get the company to budge on salary, but they agreed to an annual work boot voucher system that ended up being worth more than the salary demand.

Most companies are very sensitive to large increases in real salary and better able to absorb cost increases when they are spread out into areas that give them more flexibility in how and when they report those expenses. Sometimes, waiting a day/week/month can significantly improve their tax liability, return on investment, cash flow, etc. Sometimes it is even advantageous to allocate/pay things before the schedule date.

Many have suggested they are willing to pay more, but we don't know if Paizo will raise prices and if they do, but how much. Generally speaking the public objects to rising prices, regardless of the cause, and there is always a risk. In any product/industry there is a point at which raising prices causes an actual revenue decline because the loss of customers exceeds the incremental increase in prices. I hope Paizo stays away from that line otherwise everyone suffers.

Paizo Employee Director of Community

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I removed a large number of posts, starting with a baiting post about Paizo response and included quotes/replies and posting style messages. It is highly possible that fixing the issues raised over the past few months will mean products cost more. That isn't a reason not to fix the issues. As for not changing posting styles after a period of moderation. That will lead to more/final moderation, if the content continues to break community guidelines.

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:

Yeah, the "oho, be careful what you wish for, you might have to pay $5 extra for a sourcebook" shtick is... kind of quaint, I guess, and not just because you've been making it for months and nobody's really cared. This is an expensive hobby. If you'd rather save a few bucks than help the creators obtain a living wage, then I guess that's your money and your prerogative. I can't understand that mindset.

Personally, I know I would feel horribly uncomfortable to attend a PaizoCon and look the staff in the eye if that was the choice I made, but, well, I guess PaizoCon tickets might become a little more expensive too if Paizo leadership decides to actually try to address sexual harassment problems, so maybe PaizoCon will also be two dollars outside your budget.

One of the biggest reasons I got into Pathfinder and then Starfinder is it's WAY cheaper than playing magic the gathering playing magic feels like having a vacuum hose attached to your bank account. That's one thing about Paizo I really like I don't feel like I'm getting robbed, the rules are online free, if you want full copies of them cheaply you can get the PDFs, then if you want you can get the hard copies. The humble bundles are great too. There's also all the free RPG game day adventure and free players guides, my first few days on the Paizo website felt like (insert your favorite give giving holiday here). Can't remember who said it but I totally agree that it feels like Paizo wants people to play the game and it showes.


Still no word?

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thought I heard it was going to be a Paizo live event so not sure if we will hear about it here frist


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*eye-roll*


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Tonya Woldridge wrote:

I removed a large number of posts, starting with a baiting post about Paizo response and included quotes/replies and posting style messages. It is highly possible that fixing the issues raised over the past few months will mean products cost more. That isn't a reason not to fix the issues. As for not changing posting styles after a period of moderation. That will lead to more/final moderation, if the content continues to break community guidelines.

So sarcasm breaks community guidelines now?


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Sunderstone wrote:
Tonya Woldridge wrote:

I removed a large number of posts, starting with a baiting post about Paizo response and included quotes/replies and posting style messages. It is highly possible that fixing the issues raised over the past few months will mean products cost more. That isn't a reason not to fix the issues. As for not changing posting styles after a period of moderation. That will lead to more/final moderation, if the content continues to break community guidelines.

So sarcasm breaks community guidelines now?

No.

But being insulting to other forum users does and most times when someone uses sarcasm it is a way to intentionally tell someone they are wrong in one of the most dismissive manners possible.

So, if sarcasm is used as a joke and offends no one? Probably not breaking the community guidelines. But I don't think anyone properly using sarcasm is out to not offend 'anyone'

Paizo Employee Director of Community

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Sunderstone wrote:
Tonya Woldridge wrote:

I removed a large number of posts, starting with a baiting post about Paizo response and included quotes/replies and posting style messages. It is highly possible that fixing the issues raised over the past few months will mean products cost more. That isn't a reason not to fix the issues. As for not changing posting styles after a period of moderation. That will lead to more/final moderation if the content continues to break community guidelines.

So sarcasm breaks community guidelines now?

As I posted in a different thread, there are times/places for sarcasm. In a thread where we are discussing #PaizoAccountability, it is not welcome as it makes an already tense atmosphere even worse. I'm asking people to read the room before posting.

Paizo Employee Director of Community

Locking this thread. The Paizo Leadership Team released their next statement. : Here is a link.

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