Salary Spin

Nicholas Leippe nick at
Thu Aug 16 16:24:18 MDT 2007

On Thursday 16 August 2007, Steven Alligood wrote:
> Hill, Greg wrote:
> > This is why everyone's salary should be known to everyone else, and if
> > they feel they deserve to make more, they need to prove their worth.
> > Good luck convincing HR of that, but if I had a company, we'd have
> > everyone's salary on the intranet.  I realize that the mediocre
> > employees would see this badly, but they'd leave and hopefully be
> > replaced by people worth paying the higher salary.
> >
> > Greg
> You miss the point that HR doesn't care if you are paid what you are
> worth.  They get paid to get the best talent possible for the least
> pay.  If they can find a senior admin that they can pay less than the
> juniors, they will do it.  Published salary information is a very bad
> idea for the HR model.
> It is also a bad idea for a general workforce.  If one guy makes a lot
> less and is happy with it, why put him on a comparison chart to show
> that he makes less than everyone else?  He will either figure it out, or
> doesn't need to know.

There is a really good book about a company that was very successful by 
ignoring the 'usual way of doing things'. Go figure.

Very interesting.

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