In a bid to defuse rising furor over his tactless act and repair damage caused by his infamous remark – women should not ask for a raise but trust that “karma” will reward them, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corp ((MSFT) will be seen launching a Diversity campaign to promote inclusive culture.
Satya Nadella Diversity Campaign
The CEO’s remarks at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing last week struck a nerve inside his own company and across other corporate regions, forcing him apologize to employees.
it was a “humbling and learning experience. For context, I had received this advice from my mentors and followed it in my own career,” he wrote. “I do believe that at Microsoft in general good work is rewarded, and I have seen it many times here. But my advice underestimated exclusion and bias – conscious and unconscious – that can hold people back”, wrote the top boss in a memo before a regular monthly Q&A session with employees this week.
In the memo, he also outlined steps that would be taken to increase the number of women and minorities at Microsoft, including mandatory training on diversity and inclusion. Plus, Nadella promised to step up efforts in finding and recruiting more diverse talent to Microsoft at all levels of the company.
Disparity in earnings (between men and women) has become a concern, especially in a society that hard sells the idea of having equality in the workplace. Negotiating more money is the only way to have that equality.
The news of Satya Nadella apologizing to employees once again was first reported by the tech blog GeekWire and confirmed as authentic by a Microsoft spokeswoman.