CEO of SF-based PagerDuty invokes MLK Jr. in layoff notice


The CEO of a San Francisco tech company has a lot of enthusiasm about announcing layoffs — and not just because she’s laying off 7% of her company’s staff.

PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada said in a detailed letter announcing the mass layoffs sent to employees on Tuesday and posted on the website, eight days after the holiday commemorating King’s life, in a message. It evoked civil rights figure Martin Luther King Jr. (PagerDuty’s flagship product is a platform for IT workers to be notified of company security incidents.)

“I am reminded of moments like this,” Tejada wrote. [leader] where not [they] Standing at a comfortable and convenient moment, [they] Standing in a time of challenge and controversy.” (Parentheses are from Tejada.)

The lines she quotes come from two sermons given by the civil rights activist and pastor in 1958 and later published in two books. In it, he emphasizes the “social gospel” of racial and economic equality and laments global colonialism, segregation and racism. discrimination against black Americans.

“PagerDuty stands for our customers, their values, and our vision for a just world that transforms important work so that every team can delight customers and build trust,” said Tejada. I am a leader who does.”

Curiously, she doesn’t use the word “layoffs” in her letter, instead describing the layoffs as “improvements” to the company’s “operating model.” In her layoff announcement, she also devotes a longer word count to a section on promotions and retirements of various executives than on layoffs (she also uses the hashtag #BringThemselves to refer employees to her We call them Dutonians.)

The layoff notices quickly caught the attention of Twitter pundits, including writer Gargery Oros and former BuzzFeed and Wall Street Journal editors. Install Tom Gara.

“The most jarring layoff email I’ve ever read was written yesterday.” The Russian wrote in a tweet On Wednesday, he added that Tejada’s letter felt like it was “written by an AI.”

Affected employees will receive “an average of 11 weeks’ wages” and a “minimum of three to four months” of health care for themselves and their dependents.

A PagerDuty spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment from SFGATE at the time of publication.






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