A tech CEO is apologizing after quoting Martin Luther King Jr. in a layoffs announcement.
On January 24, PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada despatched a letter to staff asserting the digital operations administration firm would get rid of about 7% of its workforce.
Tejada quoted King on the finish of that letter.
“I’m reminded in moments like this, of one thing Martin Luther King stated, that ‘the final word measure of a [leader] will not be the place [they] stand within the moments of consolation and comfort, however the place [they] stand in occasions of problem and controversy,’” she wrote. “PagerDuty is a pacesetter that stands behind its clients, its values, and our imaginative and prescient — for an equitable world the place we rework vital work so all groups can delight their clients and construct belief.”
On Friday, Tejada apologized for quoting King.
“The quote I included from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was inappropriate and insensitive,” she stated within the memo. “I ought to have been extra upfront in regards to the layoffs within the e mail, extra considerate about my tone, and extra concise. I’m sorry.”
When requested for extra remark, a consultant for PagerDuty pointed to the weblog put up up to date with Tejada’s apology.
The tech trade has seen a spate of layoffs in latest weeks. Amazon introduced in early January that it could lay off greater than 18,000 employees. And Salesforce stated it plans to chop about 10% of its workers. Microsoft, in the meantime, is shedding 10,000 staff.