So a little over a week ago Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella made a comment that landed him in some hot water. In regards to women in the workforce asking for raises, Nadaella had the following to say:
“It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise,”
Sure that’s easy to say when you’re pulling in $84 million. I ranted and raved about Nadaella’s suggestion that “good karma” would get us (women) the raises we deserve on Twitter but felt like I needed a more appropriate forum to express my gripes; one that gives me more than 140 characters to air my grievances. Oh wait... I have one, this blog. So here's my issue with Mr. Nadalla and his asinine statement. Actually here are 3 of my issues:
- Women have a tendency not to ask for raises. So while the men are busy asking for raises and negotiating salaries we fall behind because we don’t feel comfortable enough to ask for what we believe we deserve.
- The system Nadella is suggesting we wait on is the same system that statistically speaking, continues to pay women approximately 77 cents to every dollar earned by a man.
- Nadalla is speaking from the male perspective, a perspective that provides no insight on what its like to be a woman competing for opportunities in today’s workforce. Say what you will but business is competitive and part of the competition lies in knowing your worth and going after it.
Of course Nadalla later back tracked. He quickly went back to Microsoft human resources and requested data on male-female pay equity for positions of the same title within the company and was able to later report that there wasn’t much of a disparity in pay for men and women at Microsoft. That’s a great start for Microsoft but even Nadalla admits they have some work to do when it comes to the velocity of promotions for women and minorities in senior ranks. When it comes to senior ranking positions, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that men dominate the top of the ladder across the board.
So what’s my bottom line? Ask for the raise you believe you deserve because history and unfortunately current statistics pretty clearly show that waiting around for good stuff to happen to you will get you zilch. There’s a great quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln that says:
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Even Honest Abe knew that to get what you want, you have to go out and get it.
Thanks for reading. Now… “Let the power moves continue.”