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by Alexander Kjerulf

It’s a golden rule in most businesses that salaries must be kept secret. Except for a few heretics, it is almost universally accepted that mayhem would ensue in the workplace if people knew what their co-workers, their managers or—gasp—the CEO was making.

It’s time to stop the code of silence. Bringing salaries out into the open makes a lot of sense—and it offers advantages for both the organization and for its people.

Here are three major reasons why secret salaries are silly:

  1. It frustrates employees because any unfairness (real or perceived) can’t be addressed directly.
  2. They’re not secret anyway. People talk, you know.
  3. It perpetuates unfair salaries, which is bad for people and for the organization.

Example: If Johnson over in production is making $1,000 more a month than I am and the CEO is making 22 times what I’m making, there’s probably a good reason for it—one that I as an employee am entitled t...(register to read more)

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