Should Workers Know What Colleagues Earn?

There’s been a lot of debate lately over whether information on salaries should be shared with the staff. Those who favor making the names and numbers available to others at the firm argue that transparency is crucial to fairness and ethics. Employees need the information to conduct salary negotiations on a fair footing, and if two people are doing the same work and one is getting significantly more money, the boss should be forced to explain and justify the difference. In short, secrecy gives the boss an unfair advantage. If the pay scale is fair, no one has anything to hide.
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Selling a Home? Truth Matters

Talking Ethics aims to grapple with readers’ real problems, and we hope you’ll feel free to e-mail us here for advice. For now, though, let’s look at a hypothetical situation, a composite pieced together from real events to provide food for thought…and debate.
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