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    Magical Karmic Raises are only for Women!

    At a women's tech conference Thursday, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft said this:

    “It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise,” he said to an audience primarily composed of women. "That might be one of the initial 'super powers,' that quite frankly, women (who) don’t ask for a raise have. It’s good karma. It will come back."

    Magical Karmic Raises are the best kind of raises, because it tells the world we women in tech are good girls who don't question authority!

    Yay! I like living in a stereotype of women, good girls don't ask! I wonder if Mr. Nadella waited for his Magical Karmic Raise? Has he ever given this advice to a big group of men? Haha, we all know the answer to that one, men would laugh him off the stage, and women should have walked out after he uttered that ridiculous statement. Men ask and are given raises all the time, it's the norm. I believe Mr. Nadella is merely voicing what many men in tech think, if women were as good as men at this job someone would notice them and reward them for it. The worst part is he felt free to give us advice, at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computers? I guess it's for our own good I guess. We can get everything as long as the men in charge notice us! Woohoo!

    My advice to women is to ask for that raise, demand that raise, outline exactly what you've done to deserve that raise because you can't get what you don't ask for. Satya Nadella couldn't be more wrong about everything, good job Microsoft you've hired another jackass to represent your brand, WTF?

    PS I did it, I asked, outlined and received. Ask, the worst they can say is no.


    I would have looked this idiot in the eye and asked:  Isn't it bad karma to be greedy and not pay your employees a decent living wage?  Isn't it bad karma to increase your corporation's profit margin at the expense of your workers?  Isn't there especially bad karma for employers that pay their full-time workers so little, they are forced to go on public assistance and apply for food stamps? 

    As my grandma used to say, he's book smart , but he isn't smart. Which is about right.  You are right Mr. Smith, isn't there bad karma for those folks treating workers like crap, you'd think so but it doesn't seem to work that way IRL.

    They told you that with a straight face?

    Ah, capitalism.  Where karma is always at work!

    Actually, I am against capitalistic punishment.

    It's wrong, it's just plain wrong.

    Me too, there's nuthin' to be gained from it.

    It's a deterrent.  To something.

    I think "they" were actually chuckling, out loud, I don't think "they" believe there is any reason to hide their amusement, because deep down inside "they" know, you need them more than "they" need you. (Except for where I work, they really do need me more than I need them. How lucky is that??)

    I waited until I was retiring to say that my work-place had gotten a "bargain" for the 8.5 years I worked there. (This was when I was negotiating a much higher hourly wage since they wanted me to work to train new people as needed).

    My "bargain" comment offended them because, as it was explained to me, the person who would replace me would be offered the same salary as mine, so what was my problem?  So, after eight and a half years as a professional nurse, my salary was starting pay for a new person?  I never did come back to train anyone although I was asked, with even a "pretty please". I don't think they ever got it. 

    PS.  My raises had ranged between 0 and 3%... Most often 1% during those years.  

    And that is the real problem isn't it CVille, most of the time these businesses just believe they can get someone else for less money because then they all get bonuses!  They don't really care about anything else. They were dumb not to take advantage of your experience and ability to train staff. Ugh.. so typical. 

    Here is the link I was thinking of when I read this:

    With all the terrible things being twittered and emailed these days, why should not women unite against their respective corporate employers with messaging?

    Just a thought.

    I love that he emailed 200,000 Wells Fargo employees. That is a great blog post. Thanks Dick.

    DD, how DARE you suggest that I massage my corporate employers?!?!?  What do you think I am?  A Strumpet?

    Oh, wait.  MESSAGE...never mind. lol


    I just thought about Gilda for heaven's sake!



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