Interesting comments from Satya Nadella, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)‘s CEO, have surfaced lately. Apparently he wants women workers to work hard, sit tight, and wait for karma to give them a pay raise. In a panel discussion on Bloomberg, Alex Barinka along with others shed light on the ridiculousness of Nadella’s comments.
It is not clear why Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s CEO would discourage women from actively seeking a pay raise, considering that he too is part of a minority in some ways. As Barinka explained his nationality as an Indian would have made him a minority in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s working environment, but that still didn’t stop him from actively pursuing higher career goals. His remarks are thus in direct contradiction with his own actions.
“[…] He was one of the first three Indian born workers at Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), so he has been one of the minority in certain positions, so maybe it was an issue of slipping up and saying the wrong thing, but again in front of 7500 people at a women’s event […],” said Barinka.
However, Nadella has tried to remedy the situation in his own ways. First of all, he sent out a tweet apologising for the inarticulateness of his remarks. Although there was little hint of inarticulateness and more downright wrongness when it comes to his choice of words.
“[…] You saw him send two companywide memos, saying, you know I was wrong, you should really ask for raise if you think you deserve one, so a little bit of a foot in the mouth maybe […],” informed Barinka.
With a market cap of about $362 billion, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is no small concern and the company’s management has a serious responsibility to shoulder the weight of correcting societal inequalities instead of exacerbating them. Nadella’s comments certainly raise the question whether he is the right person for the job.
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