Why are salary discussions at workplaces shrouded in secrecy?
Do you have answers to these 20 salary-related questions?
1. Why do most employers and hiring managers feel uncomfortable discussing salaries publicly?
2. Why do most employees feel salary discussions are private and confidential?
3. Why do employees feel uncomfortable revealing their compensation to colleagues?
4. Why do some employers choose to pay lower wages to new hires even when the company’s pay band for such roles are higher?
5. Why do some hiring managers feel comfortable paying the low wages that new hires ask for because the new hires are unaware that the role they are being recruited for can pay more?
6. Why can’t employers have a standard salary pay scale with full transparency on what employees need to become in order to hit the level of pay that they desire within the organization?
7. Employers know that some people within their ranks share salary information (although they may not know who). Why then do they still choose to play the ostrich?
8. Why do some Canadian employers pay lower wages to women compared with men in the same role, with the same competency and experience?
9. Why do some Canadian employers pay lower wages to immigrants compared with native-born Canadians in the exact same role, competency and experience?
10. Why do some Canadian employers pay lower wages to people of color compared with their Caucasian counterparts in the exact same role, competency and experience?
11. Why are some employers, recruiters and hiring managers reading this post right now, feeling uncomfortable with the questions that I am asking and would rather not engage or respond?
12. Is it really illegal to discuss salary with co-workers in Canada?
13. Why do some organizations have a policy prohibiting salary discussions among their staff?
14. Is the tendency for Canadians to avoid discussing salaries with co-workers a natural cultural behavior of wanting to avoid topics that could lead to personal conflict, or it is an attitude developed over time based on company policies that they have experienced in the past?
15. Can we truly achieve pay equity in the workplace?
16. How should employers and hiring managers respond when employees discuss wages?
17. Why do some employers and hiring managers turn down an employee’s ask for a higher pay but happily pay a new hire more than what the existing employee even asked for?
18. Why do some employers refuse to promote an existing employee to a higher role with higher pay but would rather hire a new resource to fill the same role?
19. Why do some employers promote an employee, give the employee a senior title and more responsibilities but refuse to pay a higher wage? Sometimes for years?
20. Why do some employers promote a culture of negotiating and increasing staff salaries ONLY AFTER a disgruntled staff member resigns?
Written by Dapo Bankole.
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