Sharing Salary Dirt in the Workplace Not Smart

11th November 2010

Do Madonna’s staff and road crew know how much cash each other make? How about Johnny Knoxville, of the movie franchise Jackass 2D, and his band of bawdy and raunchy daredevils? Obviously, they are all under a strict pay disclosure contract for their jobs.

Money is a conversational topic taboo and this is a good thing.

Cambridge University released a study suggesting if job salaries were common knowledge to new recruits, as well as the long-term career staff, workplace morale would be terrible, possibly even hostile.

Half would be miserable, while the other half would be uncomfortable.

The study from Cambridge surveyed a random set of new and old recruits and informed them of their counterpart’s wages. It implied that most professionals in their careers valued “fairness,” rather than “gain.”

More people were willing to sacrifice a potential job-related reward if they could impede others from obtaining superior titles or favourable acknowledgement.

It was proven in America at the University of California. The staff and faculty found that their salaries were published online because of the Right-to-Know passage that was passed.

People were incensed. The lower-end paid job workers became less loyal and slovenly; the higher paid job workers found working conditions unbearable. Most threatened to find other job opportunities.

As of Oct. 1, the Equality Act 2010 bans cases of enforcement when workers try to discover discrimination. It would be difficult to disprove.

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