The Danger of Discussing Salaries at Work

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Discussing salaries at work may seem harmless, but it can quickly lead employees down a road that is best untraveled. Find out about the danger of discussing salaries at work with help from an author, executive coach, and motivational speaker in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Colette Ellis. I'm an executive coach, founder of Instep Consulting and author of "Focus On Your Vision". Today I'm going to explore with you the dangers of discussing salaries at work. Not everyone is comfortable sharing what they make with others. You run the risk of offending your co-workers if you ask them about their salary or compensation package. Not to mention if you start to find out there are discrepancies, you know, that John makes more than Sarah, now you've just created a whole bunch of tension in your workplace. Why not focus your attention on your own salary situation. So you can negotiate a salary that truly reflects what you're worth. Here are three tips to help you do just that. One, keep track of your accomplishments. Document things that you do and ways that you contribute to your team. Try to find specific examples that include numbers or percentages. Two, keep track of the salaries in your area. You can use online tools like or to help you find out what's the going rate for your role and in your location. Three, build your business case. Be prepared to share this information, the information about your accomplishments, as well as the salary information that you research and bring that with you to the performance management discussion with your manager. So those are two areas of dangers of discussing salaries at work as well as three tips to help you negotiate your next salary. Let me know in the commentary if this information was helpful for you and feel free to share any ideas that you have come up with on your own. This is Coach Colette sharing tips and ideas to help you be happier in the workplace.


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