Discussing Salary Still an Office Taboo

By  , PTI
Apr 16, 2013

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Discussing salary still an office taboo

When it comes to discussing salaries, most employees still follow the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, according to a new global study.

Discussing salary is still an office taboo and a majority of workers admit they are not only uncomfortable discussing their salary, but also talking about vacation, sick time and bonuses with their coworkers, the study found.

The research was based on the responses of 3,000 people on an employment website.

Overall, 35% of workers said that they are never comfortable talking about salary with co-workers. An additional 20% of workers said they are seldom comfortable talking with fellow employees about their pay.

Only 18% of workers said they are very comfortable talking about salary, while 14% said they are often comfortable when discussing salary, the BusinessNewsDaily reported.


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