Check internet support worker to discuss wages with colleagues

An online employee has been praised for standing up to his or her position when it comes to discussing salaries in the workplace.

Posted in the popular “Anti Work,” where employees go to discuss trials and tribulations in work environments, they garnered more than 32,000 votes in less than one day.

The worker was allegedly challenged by the HR department for discussing wages at work, only to be confronted with facts about his rights.

“In the middle of a crowded clinic at our clinic, I was called by my manager to speak to HR, who must have made a special trip as she lives in several states, and was told I was being investigated to discuss wages with my other staff. She told me that discussing Wages are against company policy.”

According to the post, the medical employee informed Human Resources that she was aware of the National Labor Relations Board, which enforces the National Labor Relations Act that states that employees have the right to communicate with other employees about their wages. The law applies to most workplaces.

The HR employee claimed she wasn’t aware of this act before, but asked her not to discuss wages because it makes people “uncomfortable.”

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The post continued, “Then I left, and sent her several texts and emails saying I wanted a copy of their company policy to see where to keep this pay discussion policy. She quickly called me back to the office.”

According to the employee, they were then told, “You know, there’s no such policy in the brochure! I double-checked. Sorry for the confusion, my apologies.”

They continued to request official records of their discussions as “protection from retaliation.”

They concluded, “I have just received a piece of paper with legal letterhead and an apology stating that there was no verbal or written warning.”

Discussing salaries in the workplace has long been a taboo among companies, but many people are backing away from this view.

In November 2020, Beqom surveyed 1,000 employees and found that 41% of workers felt uncomfortable talking to their managers about salary and a quarter were concerned that asking about salary might affect their job situation.

It’s not much different when talking about money with colleagues either, with 40 percent of workers saying they are willing to talk about salaries with their peers.

For sub-modules such as “Anti Work”, wage discussion is a vital aspect of ensuring that you are not underpaid compared to others in the company.

“It’s such a red flag when a company tries to stop their employees from discussing wages…If they pay good enough, why does it matter?” asked one user.

Sharing another success story about pay talks, he wrote, “I just got a 15% raise because a co-worker in the same position was casually talking about what he did at his last job and later said ‘I didn’t get a raise coming here but it’s better.

“Since I knew what he was earning, I went and asked for a raise to that amount last Wednesday. They called me on Monday to tell me I would get the raise.”

Another remarked: “I was told I was unprofessional when I was discussing wages. The funny part is I was telling people my salary. I don’t ask for their salary. Companies don’t want to reveal your salary because they don’t want people to know how much everyone is underpaid and who might earn more. With less qualifications than you have.”

The anonymous employee responded to the massive online support by saying she is waiting for jobs to open at another hospital, where her old boss works.

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