President of Sanford Rose Associates® – Santee, John Malloy, Featured in Monster, Surprising Dangers of Discussing Salary at Work

Plano, TX 11/13/2017

By Dawn Papandrea

Ever wonder if you’re being paid fairly, or what other people in your company are earning? It’s a natural curiosity, but career experts say that discussing salary with co-workers can do more harm than good.

In fact, even as companies strive to be more open and honest, it’s best not to confuse corporate transparency with permission to cavalierly chat about employee wages with your co-workers. As it turns out, sharing is sometimes not caring.

“It doesn’t do anybody any good to share that information,” says John Malloy, president of executive search firm Sanford Rose Associates in Santee, South Carolina. “All that can happen is potential jealousies.”

Still, sometimes the gossip swirls, and you might hear things inadvertently. In those cases, ask yourself what you can learn, says Brennan. Don’t just sit there grumbling with the knowledge that Bill in accounting makes 10% more than you even though you’ve been with the company longer.

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