…I got a raise. And a title change. I’m now the “Direct Marketing Technical Coordinator”, where “Coordinator” equals “Whozit”. Thanks John!
Included in the paperwork I signed notifying me of this is this part that I had to sign:
I have reviewed this salary change notification and discussed the contents with my manager. I acknowledge that it is company policy that all salary information is strictly confidential. My signature below means that I have been informed of my salary and review status, and that I will not discuss my compensation with any member of [the place I work] or with anyone outside of my immediate family.
I once read somewhere that sex, politics, and religion are not the three most taboo conversation subjects in America. People will happily talk about them. You want to get them to shut up, though, you ask them what their salary is. And now, not only would I be breaking the rules of society if I mentioned what I was getting now, but I’d be breaking the rules of my company. I could get fired for telling you guys what I’m paid.
Isn’t that weird? Seems like that’s my business, free for me to tell should I choose, no? And where there might not be any reason you in particular might want to know this, wouldn’t it be helpful for my co-workers and myself to share this information with each other? After all, if Jane is doing what I’m doing or more and making less, she should be able to address this with management. But she can’t, because we can’t share this information.
Has it occurred to you that secret salaries are probably not in the best interest of workers? Other folks have noticed this, as you can read here.
For me the most interesting part of that post are some of the comments. I’ve long been having a blog post percolating in my head about how perverse this country’s view of work and employment are, and some of these comments add fuel to it. The Company will provide. The Company knows what’s best. When you are but food for worms, The Company will endure.
And your salary is just a little secret between you and The Company.