Men should be particularly
careful when giving opinion on as sensitive a topic as gender disparity in the
corporate world. Especially if the man in question is the chief executive of
one of the largest IT companies of the world and is addressing an event
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has
learnt that the hard way.
Speaking at the Grace Hopper
Celebration of Women in Computing in Phoenix, Nadella said that women need not
ask for a raise and instead should trust the system to give them their dues. He said this as a response to the question - what advice he would give to women who are not comfortable asking for pay rises.
He even went on to say that not
asking for raise was "good karma" that would help a boss realise the employee
could be trusted and should have more responsibility. (Microsoft employees take
"That might be one of the initial 'super powers,' that
quite frankly, women who don't ask for a raise have
Good Karma? I don't even know
what that means. Maybe he wants us to believe in divine intervention for
Nadella got (and still getting) a taste of bad
karma instantly as his comment drew negative responses on Twitter.
In a forced u-turn, he wrote an
email to Microsoft employees saying: I answered that question completely wrong.
If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask."
He also took to Twitter to say he
was "inarticulate". Inarticulate? It was downright condescending.
Microsoft's own workplace
diverisity data showed that only 29% of Microsoft's general workforce are women and only
17% of its tech employees are women.
Dear Satya Nadella,
Gender disparity at work is a
touchy issue and women feel very, very, very strongly about it.
Computer Weekly's own survey
- The average number of women in
technology teams is 12%, down from 15% last year
- 71% of men have asked for a pay
rise compared to 61% of women
Always remember Satya, "Hell has
no wrath like a woman scorned."
And oh, while on the same subject, David
Cameron, please don't ever utter the words "calm down dear" to us.
- a peeved woman in IT