Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Discuss pay at work - go ahead!

This article from Northwest Labor Press addresses company policies that prohibit discussing pay with colleagues. It's actually illegal to do so. So go ahead -- discuss away. However, polls show that people are a little squeamish about sharing salary information.

American cultural norms sometimes get in the way. In a February 2010 survey of 1,356 employed adults by Harris Interactive, only 33 percent said they were comfortable sharing details of their compensation … with their best friend. Even fewer — 15 percent — felt comfortable discussing wages with other employees at their level.

Since only 7% of the U.S. workforce is unionized -- that means the rest of us better be prepared when we start talking about salary. Get the facts at salary.com and glassdoor.com

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