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Your Coworkers’ Salaries

2 Aug

Ever wonder how much your coworkers make? (Or even your boss?)

Of course you do. It’s only natural that this thought has entered your mind.

Well, Boulder, Colorado based Namaste Solar, a solar panel installation company, allows employees to know what each other makes. 

Can you imagine your coworkers knowing how much you make? Personally it gives me the willies. 

Also at Namaste no employees’ salary is allowed to be four times more than anyone else’s.


Did you know that non-profit organizations, government agencies and publicly traded companies all have to share the compensation levels of at least some of their employees? 

When I worked at a school as an Executive Assistant to the Executive Big-Shot Guy I got to peep the entire facility’s salaries–except his–which was mysteriously not listed, and let me tell you, that salary knowledge was a big deal. The other employees I ate lunch with were always hinting to find out just who made what, especially their own bosses. There were times I slightly feared they were plotting to club me over the head with a batch of files, ducktape my mouth and take me to nearby woods until I coughed up the goods.

Obviously salary transparency is not only a big deal but a sticky subject.

At GlassDoor.com salaries can be posted anonymously by employees, etc.

The flip side of the coin was that knowing what certain people earned, especially Directors and Supervisors, made me eyeball them from scalp to polished loafer. Like the goofy Director guy who always found time to joke with every employee, twiddle his thumbs in his office and ask me for snacks from my own personal stash in my desk…He made $75,000 per year. Plus bonuses.

Can you imagine the nostril flaring that took place when he used his balls to ask me for, say, candy or peanut butter crackers? Meanwhile I was making a whole $30k/year before taxes. And doing HIS paperwork.  Sure, I’ll feed you snacks while making a FRACTION of your salary WHILE simultaneously making you look good to the organization.

Oy to the mountaintops.  That guy rattled my innermost fibers.

Salary disclosure has always been a weird subject. When I was in my 20’s and fresh out of college I knew what all of my newly full-time employed friends were making and they knew what I was making. Then as time went on suddenly it’s confidential what everyone is earning. These are people I’ve known for years. But for some reason no one will discuss their salary anymore. (I wonder if this comes with age.)

Some workers think that if pay scales were fair, based precisely on skill set, education and years of experience, then there should be no “secrets.”  Hmph. We all know that upper-level management at most jobs earn more than they’re worth.

I mean, I’ve been an Administrative Assistant for years and have seen countless executives of various levels lounging in their offices daily while picking lint from beneath their fingernails and Googling Jaquar styles after taking three-hour lunches (that the company paid for).

Whoops. Now my nostrils are flaring.


Ole Hally Tosis

14 Dec

Um, what do you do when there’s a coworker whose breath always, always reeks like sauteed rat heiny mixed with garlic cloves, 1988 onions and withered broccoli spears?

Especially– especially when they’re loquacious?

I mean, they’re forever the person who’s extremely opinionated, who over explains every detail about every report, file, e-mail and weekend adventure right down to the most minute of exhalations.

I think it’s coworker abuse to open one’s mouth and gnats fly out.

Do you think it could be a medical condition?

Should I anonymously place a tongue scraper on their desk?

Breath mints?

A year’s supply of minty gum?

Should I push the water cooler closer to his very desk?

Strategcially place a note of recommendation to a dentist who specializes in mouth funktitude?

I feel sorry for his chin area.


Holding Nose in CubicleVille

Clueless Annoying Coworkers: The Gum Popper

4 Nov

Every job has one. Every office has one. Or many. If you’re lucky you’ll only have one on each job. They’re always clueless and therefore uber annoying.

Enter Clueless Annoying Coworker #1:

She pops gum




Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!

As if there’s a firecracker in her mouth.

As if bubble wrap is being squeezed by her very teeth joining together.

She sits mere feet away from you.

She hasn’t a clue how many times you’ve thought of throttling her because you return her smile whenever she passes your cubicle.

You’ve actually visualized yourself removing the gum from her very mouth.

Either that or sneaking into her office when she’s at lunch, searching her desk and removing any evidence of her fireworks.

Eight hours a day she does this. The only break you get is when you or she goes to lunch or a meeting or the bathroom.

You can hear that ear grinding, brain rattling popping noise in your sleep sometimes.

Pop! Pop! Pop!

You find yourself musing that whoever sold this Popper that gum should have their very merchant’s license revoked.

It’s gotten so bad you’ve dreamed of her submitting her two-week notice and leaving your ear space altogether.

The anonymous note you sent to her via e-mail…

Um, hi! Could you tone it down a bit with the daylong gum popping? Thanks!

proved fruitless.

This could get ugly.  Downright hideous.