On 02/10/2019 22:09, Pine W wrote:
Something I am sensing from multiple sources, sometimes more through
implication than specific statements, is that there is a sense of turmoil
in WMF. I think that some amounts of internal politics and staff turnover
are normal, but over the past few months I am sensing an increase in
internal turmoil. I am noticing the departures of some staff people that I
personally like and respect. I am wondering if WMF Talent and Culture or
maybe someone on the ED's office would be willing to comment regarding
these issues. I'm not intending to add additional stress to people who are
generally competent and are trying to do good work. I would like to better
understand the degree of turmoil (perhaps my impressions are incorrect),
what might be causing the turmoil, and whether the turmoil is good or bad.
Hopefully any increase in turmoil is temporary, but I am somewhat
concerned. If staff are focused too much on internal WMF issues then this
may affect their productivity on projects that support the community, and
having highly stressed or discouraged staff would be a problem.
[turnover] rate i a measure of how many employees leave an organization
compared to the total number of employees. It greatly varies by season,
sector, type of organization, area, country etc. See the wikipedia
article for more details.
From a [board meeting public report, page 18]:
Turnover rate per fiscal year:
| Year | Rate
| FY14-15 | 15,40%
| FY15-16 | 16,80%
| FY16-17 | 7,30%
| FY17-18 | 7,00%
| FYTD18-19 | 3,54%
The last line might be based on Dec 31 2018, and maybe can be
extrapolated to 3,54% x 2 = 7,08%.
For more recent numbers, the list of staff and contractors are listed
publicly. That has long been on a wiki [staff history] and is now on the
It is thus not too difficult to grab those data and make them machine
readable, which is unofficially available at:
June 27 th: 367 persons
October 2nd: 375 persons
29 people joined
21 have left
Which based on the Wikipedia article calculation would gives:
Turnover rate = 21 left / ( (367 + 376) / 2 )
Which would be 5% since July 1st. Remember that turnover is often
seasonal, but linearly expanding that quarter to a full year assuming
the three other quarters would be similar:
29 join on Q1 * 4 quarters = 116 join
21 leaves on Q1 * 4 quarters = 84 left
And the formula would yield:
Fictional turnover rate = 84 leaving / ( ( 367 + 399 ) / 2 )
Or slightly less than 22%. But again, turnover is often seasonal and the
foundation headcount (and thus rate of leaving/joining) grows. So that
number is pure fiction. One would need to:
* do some backtracking over the actual data for the last few years to be
able to draw any conclusion as what those 5% for FYQ1 mean or the
fictional 22% I have made up.
* analyze who and why people left during Q1, which might well be
independent from the WMF and just be conjectural.
Again that is situational and I am not sure whether one can draw any
conclusion from the numbers I am indicating here.
The board of trustee report indicates that they turnover rate is
reported to them which probably implies it is a key indicator.
As for the claimed internal turmoil, you might want to give details
about what leave you to think there is any turmoil. Having some view
from the inside (I am a contractor to the WMF), I don't have that feeling.
[board meeting public report, page 18]
Antoine "hashar" Musso
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