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I was talking to one of my co-workers the other day and she mentioned that some of the people who work in our office are getting paid way more than what we are getting for doing the same type of job. When I heard this, I felt really bad because I know I work as hard as the other people and it seems a little unfair to me that they get to enjoy a higher pay than me. I am tempted to go and talk to my supervisor about it but do not know if that is a good idea. I do not want to make a big issue out of this but I would like to know why the difference in pay. As far as I know, we all have the same level of education and almost the same experience. Do you think is a good idea for me to talk to my supervisor about this?
The Underpaid Employee
Dear Underpaid Employee,
Yes, I think it is a good idea. But, when you talk to your supervisor, make sure you do not sound like you are complaining nor being confrontational about the topic. There has to be a great reason why these other people are getting a different pay than you and it may have to do with the level of experience, time in grade, or maybe the level of responsibility that their position carries. This situation is more common that what you think, but if you want to talk to your boss about it, go ahead and do it that way you can put a stop to the rumors and get the information that you need to stop worrying about the issue. You can also go and talk to your human resources office and see if there is a problem with the way your position was created. Maybe your position needs to be updated to reflect a new pay. The main thing here is to ask the people who can give you the real answer for your question; but be very careful the way you ask because the truth is that if you do not manage this situation the correct way, you may end up looking like a whiner and that is not beneficial for you nor for your career.
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