Let’s Talk About Pay Secrecy

For all the controversy over executive compensation, the average person is unaware of how basic pay structures affect regular workers, but we have good reason to start paying attention. Nancy Day of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, who published “Pay Equity as a Mediator of the Relationships Among Attitudes and Communication About Pay Level Determination and Pay Secrecy” in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, found that communicating openly about pay can be, in her words, “a really good thing”: when pay transparency is apparent in an organization, employees tend to feel that they are paid fairly, and they show higher levels of satisfaction and commitment. Dr. Day joined Editor Ken Thompson  on the JLOS podcast to discuss her findings. Click here to play or download the podcast interview or subscribe on iTunes by following this link.

Nancy Day is associate professor in human resources and organizational behavior at the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. She has a Ph.D. in social psychology with an emphasis in organizational psychology from the University of Kansas. Her research focuses primarily on compensation, rejection sensitivity, and diversity. In additional to JLOS, Day has published in such journals as Personnel Psychology, Human Resource Management, Employee Relations, Personnel Review, The Journal of Managerial Issues and The Journal of Management Education. Day has taught human resources and organizational behavior courses in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs. Prior to her appointment at the Bloch School, she was a consultant in compensation, performance management and on other human resource issues. She belongs to and has served in a number of professional associations, including the Academy of Management, the Midwest Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and WorldatWork (formerly the American Compensation Association).

Ken Thompson, Ph.D., is professor and the former chair of management at DePaul University, where he has been on staff since 1986. He has co-authored four books, contributed to six others, and has been published in a number of journals including the Academy of Management Executive, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Social Psychology, Human Relations, and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies where he is senior editor.

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About Cynthia Nalevanko, Senior Editor, SAGE Publishing

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melburne, our publishing program includes more than 1000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.

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