Microsoft will look less white and male in coming years, according to CEO Satya Nadella.
Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Nadella emphasized the Microsoft’s commitment to a “more diverse workforce” and “creating opportunities at every level of the company for all of Microsoft’s employees,” according to Business Insider.
Nadella finds himself under a particular microscope after his comments at this October’s Grace Hopper Conference, in which he suggested that female employees trust in “karma” to secure them raises and promotions: “It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.” Subsequent protests forced him to walk those comments back.
“Without a doubt I wholeheartedly support programs at Microsoft and in the industry that bring more women into technology and close the pay gap,” he wrote in a subsequent email to employees. “If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.”
Data from earlier this year painted Microsoft as a company that’s 76 percent male and 61.8 percent white, although it doesn’t offer extensive insight into its ethnic makeup.
In his comments, Nadella hinted that the process of building a more diverse workforce will be a gradual one; in addition to adjusted hiring policies, the company will reportedly require employees to go through training “that alerts them to their unconscious biases.”
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