When Salaries Aren't Secret

May 25th, 2016
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1. Although private sector organizations rarely publicize their salary data, salary data from public institutions (such as state and municipal governments, primary and secondary schools, and public universities) are a matter of public record. a. Based on the arguments made in the article and the responses to the article, the advantages and disadvantages of making salaries a matter of public record. b. Other advantages or disadvantages of publicizing salary data 2. Proponents of making salary data public argue that it allows constituents to hold their public officials accountable for the salary that they earn. 3. It may be of interest to taxpayers in the state of Texas to know the salary of the president of West Texas A&M University. However, the salary of low-level support staff is also available and is given by name. 4. How comfortable would you be if your current salary (or hourly rate) was made known to the public via your local newspaper’s website,

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Running head: WHEN SALARIES ARENT SECRETWhen Salaries Arent SecretStudents NameUniversity Affiliation1WHEN SALARIES ARENT SECRETWhen Salaries Arent Secret1. Although private sector organizations rarely publicize their salary data, salary data from publicinstitutions (such as state and municipal governments, primary and secondary schools, and publicuniversities) are a matter of public record.a. Based on the arguments made in the article and the responses to the article, theadvantages and disadvantages of making salaries a matter of public record.The AdvantagesIt makes the highly paid employees to become mortified. This is because they know thateverybody is able to see that they are making more money than their colleagues.It ensures that no employee is underpaid in relation to their level. Every employee is in a positionto know when he or she misses any raises in salary and therefore ensures that he or she doesntearn significantly less compared to the others in the same level.It enables people to understand the kind of business undertaken. The employees are able tounderstand the costs involved in payroll and therefore learn to think like business people.The DisadvantagesIt negatively affects the employees privacy and abuse of rights. Many employees usually need apersonal privacy and therefore they do not want their salary information to be made available tofriends and neighbors.It raises a corporate c

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