Microsoft’s new CEO has said he wants a “viral” response from users to his controversial comments about his sexuality.
Speaking on the company’s earnings call, Satya Nadella said Microsoft has “taken some bold steps” to make its employees feel “more confident in themselves” and the company is working on a “transparent” way for employees to discuss their sexual orientation.
“When we’re at the point where we feel confident in ourselves and feel comfortable with who we are, we want to be able to let our employees know that we’re with them, and we’re listening,” he said.
“We’re going to be transparent about that, and the best way to do that is to have our employees openly talk about it.”
And when they have a conversation about their sexual identity, we’re going be transparent that we have a policy that will be very different from other companies in the world.””
The most important thing is that people feel comfortable and they feel valued,” he added.”
If you have a positive conversation about anything, it’s a positive experience for everyone.
We’re going through some pretty tough times right now.
“But we’ve got to find a way to be really bold and really transparent about it, because that’s the way to create a healthier and more diverse workforce.”
He went on to say the company was “working on a transparency policy” for its employees and said Microsoft would be “transforming how we work” in a “very big way” in coming months.
“Our goal is to change the way we work and the way our employees work, and it’s not going to happen overnight,” he told analysts.
“There’s a lot of people who are still very conservative and don’t think this is right.
I think that is the wrong way to work, but we’re working on that right now.”
Nadella also revealed that Microsoft’s diversity plan would include an explicit anti-discrimination policy for its current and future employees, including women.
The new CEO said the company will be “doing more to improve our practices and our culture” in the near future and said it would be hiring more people with experience in the tech sector to help implement the plan.
“I think that’s a really good step forward,” he concluded.
“It’s a huge step forward and we can be more transparent and more open in our diversity and inclusion efforts and we want everyone to feel valued and welcomed.”