Little by little, cultural taboos in the U.S. are being eradicated. With each passing generation, we grow increasingly comfortable with discussions that would have stunned those who came before us. However, there is one remaining taboo in our society that is going just as strong as ever: money. We don't talk about money, not with our friends, often not even with our families. And, sharing our salaries with our co-workers? Well, that feels completely out of the question. But, there might be something to gain from talking about pay with our colleagues and getting a little honest with each other.
Terrible bosses are everywhere, and they’re causing employees to not only mentally check out at work, but lose trust in their superiors, too. It’s an epidemic that Office Space poked fun at with its horrible boss, Bill Lumbergh, but the reality is, the Lumberghs of the world are causing employees to hate their jobs … a lot.
How would you feel if the entire company knew your salary, and vice versa? Recently, many companies have jumped on the “transparency” bandwagon. But is being too open and honest more harmful than it is beneficial to employee confidence?
All the hype about open workspaces is finally being refuted, thanks to a little study that found open floorplans to be detrimental to productivity. We’ll examine the facts to see how workstation “openness” results in many employees feeling exposed, rather than liberated.