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posted by janrinok on Thursday March 06 2014, @09:08PM   Printer-friendly
from the I'll-show-you-mine-if-you-show-me-yours dept.

Detective_Thorn writes:

"In a recent study published by the Academy of Management Journal, Prof. Peter Bamberger of Tel Aviv University's Recanati School of Business and Dr. Elena Belogolovsky of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations have published a study that explains why pay secrecy is likely to hurt an individual's work performance and prompt top talent to seek new employment. They conclude that pay secrecy weakens the perception by employees that a performance improvement will be accompanied by a pay increase. It also finds that high-performing workers are more sensitive than others when they perceive no link between performance and pay; suggesting that pay secrecy could limit a company's ability to retain top talent."

So who, if anybody, benefits from pay secrecy?

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  • (Score: 2) by Daniel Dvorkin on Friday March 07 2014, @05:40PM

    by Daniel Dvorkin (1099) on Friday March 07 2014, @05:40PM (#12809) Journal

    You usually know if the people you work with are married or not, and what kinds of specialty or hazardous duty pay they qualify for, so the numbers aren't hard to figure out. Another comment in this thread pointed out that it's a little more complicated in the Navy with sea pay, but in the Army and Air Force, where I served, it's pretty straightforward.

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  • (Score: 1) by hybristic on Friday March 07 2014, @11:36PM

    by hybristic (10) on Friday March 07 2014, @11:36PM (#12999) Journal

    I agree, the data is fairly easy to get a hold of. But yeah, you have to consider deployment time. Each branch has a different amount of deployment requirements per year. I know the Navy sends people out for a considerable amount of time. One thing you have to consider when looking at those numbers is BAS (Basic Allowance for Subsistence); If married you get money for food to eat off base and feed your family. Enlisted get more money than officers, on top of that, while deployed you don't get BAS pay, but you do get separation pay for your spouse after 30 days of being deployed. This is why many field exercises usually last just under 30 days, so they don't have to dish out additional pay.

    So yeah, you could compile a few data points and get a very accurate salary for a soldier, you just need to know what data impacts military pay.