The Uncomfortable Questions You Should Be Asking about Pay Equity

Source: Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania, Knowledge@Wharton, Management, June 9, 2015

How much money do you make? Are you paid fairly compared to the other people you work alongside? Do you have any idea if you’re paid fairly? How much does the head of your organization make? Do you care? Does he or she care about whether your pay is fair?

For most of us, those are uncomfortable questions. Like politics and religion, asking someone how much they earn is, at best, considered impolite dinner conversation and at worst, potential grounds for class warfare. But at a time when lavish executive pay and gender inequity in the workplace dominate the headlines, these questions have become increasingly relevant to the national dialog. ….