Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Last Taboo in Corporate America

Now here is the thing. Can you guess what is the last great Taboo in Corporate America is. It is easy to guess if you have been around the working people. It is how much they make. Nobody either not asks that question or just keep quiet about it. The human resources departments of every corporation do not mention it and also state clearly in their contract with you when you are hired not to discuss your salary with your colleagues. Even you don’t the salary of your closest friends, you can just make a guess how much they make with the title they have and the corporation they work in and how many years of experience they have. You can not make an exact amount of how much they are making.

Maybe the company does not want you to discuss salaries due to some resentment when people of equal qualifications and experience get different salaries. Although some websites have now started to divulge the salaries of common jobs but that is still a range of amount and you don’t know how much your colleague sitting beside is making. Unless you are prying open a Pandora box and telling them your salary can you get them to open up to. I don’t know how much time it will be when we would be able to compare our salaries with other companies with similar responsibilities but don’t hold your breath since it will be quiet a while before that happens if it happens.

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