Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s CEO, Satya Nadella, had the unfortunate inspiration to be imprecise in his answer to the question what a woman should do when she’s intending to ask for a raise. His answer was perceived pretty much as a denial by the female community gathered at an event in Arizona celebrating women in computing, according to TheStreet.
“He was asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise. He replied that women should have faith that the system will give them the right raises as they go along. He added that not asking for a raise is ‘good karma’,” informed J.R. deBart.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has about 128,076 employees, of which 35,909 or 28.0% are women as of June 30 2014, according to the company’s news center. This number basically portrays the fact that either men regard the technology environment as more interesting than their female counterparts do or males get a special treatment from the system as a whole. Now, whether it’s either of the factors or both of them combined that caused this it’s not particularly relevant. It’s just important to note that women in the IT sector need some support and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s chief seemed reluctant to give it.
Apologies followed through shortly after as Satya Nadella posted in a Twitter comment and in a memo on the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s website his regards that women and men should be treated equally in the working environment and that female employees should just ask for a raise if they deem it necessary. The technology sector is considered to be among the best at closing the gap between genders. However statistics say that this problem still gets expressed through numbers.
Hopefully, it was just a misunderstanding of the message delivered and the case will be forgotten in a short while. But for the time being, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) should pay more attention to the ladies working for it even through making the right statements.
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