Stewart Butterfield says companies should implement diversity in hiring practices while the firm is small
At the inaugural South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art and Action, Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield explained that it’s easier to implement diversity in hiring practices when companies are small, and by doing so, companies are more likely to be aware of a broader array of problems that it can try to fix.
Hiring practices are “much harder to change when you have thousands versus dozens of employees,” explained Butterfield during the festival’s Fixing Real Change panel.
Moderator Jenna Wortham, staff writer at The New York Times magazine, had asked Butterfield why he champions diversity in hiring and what the messaging app has done to make sure it is hiring women and people of color at a time when “Silicon Valley has been hostile to diversity” and maintained “wealth disparity [that is] still very racially disparate.”
“There are arguments that diverse teams will have better business results, and that seems plausible, but that’s not why we do it,” said Butterfield, arguing that there are more benefits to diverse teams than a company’s bottom line.
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