Hazards in discussing one's salary amongst workmates

Speaking about your salary and benefits with colleague workers can be harmful to your job and career satisfaction. It can also create a love-hate affiliation between yourself and your colleagues, which can further impact affect their output, job satisfaction and industry. If you are questioning whether you are being remunerated justly, discussing your salary with your colleagues is surely not the right way to handle such issues. Below are some of the hazards in discussing your salary with your workmates.

 5 Hazards in discussing one's salary amongst workmates.

1.Rousing agitations

The last thing employers want within their establishments is a place of work where workers have formed factions that are not healthy for a work setting. There have been situations of employees being divided into groups of low salary earners on one end and high salary earners on the other end. A work setting full of rebellious workers will hurt you and the business, because team spirit will be affected and the ability of the company to achieve its aim could hit a brick wall. Under such an atmosphere, it doesn’t take long for you and your employees to turn on each other. From this point, your employer might be forced to brandish the big stick to bring back sanity to the workplace.

2.People lie about their salaries

One reason why deliberating on your salary can be dangerous is because people tell lies. Putting up appearance in the workplace is existent. Your coworker might be deceiving you about his/her real salary and this can make you carry a bitter attitude at work. When your colleague worker shares specifics of his/her salary with you, the fact is that the figure that they have chosen to share with you could be more or less than what the exact figure is. Should you consider this figure to be what they really earn and approach your HR manager for a raise, this might affect you in the long term.

3. Creating a mistaken impression

The popular outlook of workers is that contemporaries with the same job description must receive the same salary. Conversely, this is not true. Your salary trickles down to how qualified you are for the role as well as your professional portfolio. For example, if you are employed for the position of a project manager based on your qualification from a Nigerian tertiary institution and a 3-year experience, your salary might be different from a colleague who has PMP, PHR, SPHR, APR and CA accreditations and thrives in discussing for a higher salary.

4. Discussing your salary is demoralising

Getting to know that your co-workers earn less or more than you can be demotivating and can seriously hurt your concentration and productivity. It could also create a situation where you begin to hold silent resentments against your colleagues especially in cases where they earn much more than you do. A senior manager shared a personal experience of how he got to know that some members of his team were receiving better than him. From the moment when he discovered about the disparity in his salary against the earnings of members of his team, he was no longer content with leading them or the great work he was doing. He finally asked for a raise but didn’t get it. The rest of the story went downhill from that point.

5. You can be sacked

If you are found discussing your salary in an organisation that has a salary secrecy policy, you are likely to lose your job. If the company is one of those that has this as part of its employment contract, which you are expected to sign, things get even more complicated for you. To purge the workplace of the feeling of discontent that can be born from salary discussion among you and your employees, you can lose your job or be made a scapegoat for initiating salary-related conversations.

To end, it is vital to note that discussing your remuneration with your coworkers comes with some negative effects. There are cases where it serves as a wake-up call to help you earn what you merit but there are serious risks if you base your justification for requesting for a salary increase on figures your colleagues share with you. As a worker, it is always good to direct your demands for a salary evaluation grounded on merit and what you bring to the table in terms of support and your performance on the job. One of the worst things you can do is to request for a salary increase by quoting how you just discovered that some coworkers earn more than you.

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