January 24, 2024

Hady Mendez

DEI learnings from Slack’s Head of Equality

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Podcast Summary: Episode of #TalentBuzz with Guest Hady Mendez from Slack

Host: Discusses talent acquisition in SaaS companies.Guest: Hady Mendez, Director of Equality at Slack.

Discussion on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB):

  • DEIB Definitions:
  • Diversity: Representation of different communities in a company.
  • Equity: Providing access and opportunities to everyone.
  • Inclusion: Inclusion of historically excluded groups, especially in leadership roles.
  • Belonging: Creating welcoming spaces where everyone feels included.

Importance of DEIB for Businesses:

  • Enhances Sense of Belonging: Fosters Employee Engagement.
  • Boosts Innovation and Creativity: Leads to higher productivity and performance.
  • Reflects Communities and Customers: Ensures representation of diverse groups.
  • Taps into Varied Talent Pools: Expands the reach for potential employees.

Developing DEIB Strategies:

  • Need for Strategy: Ensures effectiveness and clear objectives.
  • Involvement of Experts and Data: Essential for informed decision-making.
  • Lived Experiences: Offers additional insights beyond data.

Data Collection for DEIB Strategy:

  • Representation Data: Analysis of employee demographics.
  • Recruiting and Retention Data: Tracking progress and identifying opportunities.
  • Belonging Metrics: Early indicators of potential retention issues.
  • Intersectionality: Understanding layered identities within the workforce.

Recruiters' Role in DEIB:

  • Diverse Talent Sourcing: Utilizing non-traditional sources and partnerships.
  • Managing Biases: Training on inclusive hiring practices.
  • Engaging with ERGs: Leveraging Employee Resource Groups for referrals and insights.

Challenges in Achieving Pay Equity:

  • Disparities in Salaries: Addressing unequal pay for similar roles.
  • Transparency: Open salary models to promote fairness.

Role of a Director of Equality:

  • Supporting ERGs: Engaging with Employee Resource Groups.
  • Data Analysis: Sharing and discussing data insights.
  • Goal Setting and Tracking: Aligning with company objectives.
  • Promoting Active Allyship: Showing what good looks like in DEIB efforts.
  • Developing Content and Hosting Events: Creating awareness and understanding.
  • Collaboration: Partnering with various teams and stakeholders.

Starting DEIB Initiatives in Small Companies:

  • Foundation of Data: Collecting relevant information.
  • Listening to People: Gathering diverse perspectives.
  • Being Curious and Asking Questions: Understanding different viewpoints.
  • Self-Care and Support: Recognizing the personal nature of DEIB work.
  • Continuous Learning and Networking: Staying informed and connected.

Hady's Closing Thoughts:

  • Encourages Engagement with DEIB: Highlights the need for ongoing learning and adaptation in DEIB initiatives.

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