By AMY STOCKWELL.
Feeling poorly-paid and under-appreciated in your workplace? Don’t worry, this CEO has got some sure-fire advice for you.
Nadella said, “It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise.”
He continued: “That might be one of the initial ‘super powers’ that, quite frankly, women [who] don’t ask for a raise have,” he added. “It’s good karma. It will come back.”
Why is that? “Because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust; that’s the kind of person that I want to really give more responsibility to”
In summary, if you’re a woman and you want to be paid more:
Step 1: Don’t ask for a raise.
Step 2: If you don’t ask for a raise the wonderful workplace cosmos will provide you with magical rewards.
Step 3: Women who ask for raises are untrustworthy and do not deserve more responsibility.
Shorter version: good things come to women who sit silently and wait for men to decide whether they are good enough to get a pay rise.
Unsurprisingly, Nadella’s advice to working women caused a tsunami of outrage – both from women at the conference and people around the world.
But perhaps the most direct and powerful riposte came from music superstar Cher, who told it straight:
Mr Satya Nadella: Cher’s got you, babe.
Nadella, whose company’s workforce is 71% male (83% male when it comes to technical and leadership roles), quickly backtracked on his advice, initially in a tweet where he claimed to have been “inarticulate”; and then later in an email to all Microsoft staff, in which he said “I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work… If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask…. I certainly learned a valuable lesson.”
So, Nadella has learned a valuable lesson this week – and hopefully he is not the only male corporate leader who did.