Let’s say you got a raise recently and you couldn’t wait to tell your friend the coworker about your latest evaluation and raise in pay. You want him or her to be just as happy as you are about your new comeuppance but before you go spreading your business, please know that telling your salary to your coworker, friend of not, is a recipe for disaster.
There is no better way to commit career suicide in your office by discussing your salary with another coworker. That type of information is not needed to be known by anyone else but you and your managers and or direct supervisors and human resources. That is it.
When I worked as a Human Resources Manager at a company here in St. Louis, employees began to speak to one another about their salaries and it caused quite a stir in the office. A clause was added to the employee work agreement and handbook that it was against office policy to discuss salary with another coworker unless it was with management. Many other companies have already adopted this policy and those who are found to have violated it could be subject to termination.
Why shouldn’t you discuss your pay rate with your coworkers? Simply put, it is no one else’s business how much you make. If you are interested in knowing if you are being compensated the same as your other coworkers, then that is a discussion that you have with management only. Pulling another employee in on your issues may cause other problems in the office and it is not worth it. Keep your compensation amount to yourself to avoid conflict and pandemonium in the office.
To determine if you are being adequately compensated, refer to Salary.com, which will show you the median income of many different job positions from retail, to sales to customer service, to management. It will also give you geographical data based on your location. Use this information if need be during your next review if you feel you are being low balled or not adequately compensated accordingly.
There is really no need to discuss your pay range with other coworkers. Doing so may just cause friction in the office and disrupt productivity. Do you discuss your salary with other coworkers? Sound off below!