Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has apologised on Twitter for being ‘inarticulate’ in answering a question on how women in the IT industry should go about asking for a raise. Speaking at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference, his advice was that women should trust ‘the system’ to deliver the right salary and earn trust from their employer and that not asking for a raise was ‘good karma’.
Equal pay campaigners would beg to differ with Nadella, and understandably, his comments have caused something of a furore on social media. Is this another indication that the tech industry is not all that open to women?
The fact remains that women are paid less than men, and this is often attributed to their reluctance to negotiate on salary. But as the New York Times points out, women often fear being penalised for asking for a raise.
I suppose Nadella would also think it ‘good karma’ for women in many industries to sit back and quietly wait for a seat on the Board? The System seems to be taking an awfully long time to deliver that one for women also.