Bungie HR manager Gayle d’Hondt is stepping down from her position at the company after more than 14 years, IGN has learned.
In an email distributed to employees today that has read the IGN in full, d’Hondt reflected on her time at the company and said that she would “do everything in my power to ensure everyone who works here.” “Safe, welcome, and supportive” is environment. “She then cited the need for the company’s HR team to” move forward “with a membership” made up largely of people new to Bungie. “
“I know they have to be trusted to be your advocates – not labeled ‘enablers’ or viewed as corporate assets that provide a safe haven for bad actors,” she wrote.
D’Hondt is officially stepping down from her official role as Senior Employee Relations Manager, but it’s not clear if she will stay with the company. In her email she states that she “will be working with Holly”. [Barbacovi, chief people officer] and the Bungie leadership team to determine the appropriate next steps. “
In her message, d’Hondt also mentioned that during her time at Bungie she worked on “deeply challenging interpersonal conflicts”, including dismissing employees for “performance, bad behavior, and discrimination, racism and sexual harassment”.
She added that this included reporting from her own perpetrator: “A man, an executive, and someone I thought was my friend at Bungie – which led to Bungie firing him.”
D’Hondt concluded her email, “I’m proud of the work I’ve done at this company. I believe I made recommendations that were in the best interests of our people and the service of the company we want to become. I also believe we made some mistakes, and in order to become the better version of ourselves – the company I know we can be – we need to recognize and address them in good faith and grow together. “
D’Hondt’s announcement comes less than a week after our in-depth report on Bungie’s work culture, which spanned more than a decade, spanning a long history of sexism, boys’ club culture, crunch and staff protection from abusers. It also provided details on Bungie’s recent efforts to reverse this culture, including the tacit removal of a number of harmful individuals from the company in recent years.
Bungie did not respond to a request for comment in a timely manner.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.