Saturday, October 18, 2014

Microsoft's CEO Initiates New Diversity Effort

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has recently announced in a memo plans for a new company-wide diversity effort which is said to “defuse growing furor over his comments that women should not ask for a raise but trust that "karma" will reward them.”
Nadella again apologized to employees for the remarks he made at a women's technology conference, saying in a companywide memo this week that it was a "humbling and learning experience,” the USA Today reported.

The tech industry is wanting in women and minorities holding diversity information technology jobs. Microsoft, like many other companies in the IT, consumer electronics and social networking spaces has been found to be sorely lacking when it comes to employee diversity with significant gender and ethnic diversity gaps in key areas such as engineering and leadership positions.

Microsoft's female employees in the United States earn 99.7 percent of what men earned in similar positions last year, Nadella said in a new memo to workers this week. He suggested that such slight variations are not unusual for "any particular group," but he added that he wants to increase the numbers of women and minorities in the company's workforce. In addition to mandatory training on "diversity and inclusion," Nadella also vowed to step up efforts to "recruit more diverse talent to Microsoft at all levels of the company."

The data regarding employee pay in the United States is encouraging, but hardly complete. Microsoft is a multinational outfit, with employees spread around the globe. It would be good of Microsoft to release more detailed statistics on a per-country basis. That data would help women around the world better understand the labor dynamics in their countries. And it would help the technology industry better understand where pay gaps based on gender are wider — that could help people ask for the raises that they deserve, according to Tech Crunch.

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