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The Lingering Impact of Pay Secrecy

July 20, 2021

Via: HR Hero

Whether at a family holiday or social function, people are sometimes asked: “So, how much do you make?” It’s an awkward question because Americans are private and sensitive about discussing money. The natural instinct for many when faced with such a question is to simply say, “That’s none of your business.”

But when it comes to similarly situated workers, that awkward question has more validity. Whether a job applicant reaches out to a current employee to get a sense of how the compensation structure works or two current employees at the same seniority level quiz each other to see if they’re being fairly compensated, there is a real utility in having information on another’s pay.

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