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By Shannon Jackson
Special to The Toronto Sun

Q:I just found out that my co-worker is being paid more than I am for the same job. What should I do?

A:This is a tough one. First and foremost, it is considered unprofessional to be discussing salaries with your co-workers. If a co-worker approaches you with a salary discussion, state clearly that you are not prepared to have that conversation, and that you understand salaries are expected to be kept confidential. Approaching your manager and stating you know your co-worker makes more than you may have serious consequences for both you and your colleague.
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It can also negatively impact your relationship with your manager. And, it's possible that your co-worker has exaggerated his/her salary in your discussions.

If you are concerned that you are underpaid, ask to understand the salary range for your position. Ensure that your pay is within the range, and ask your manager what opportunity there may be for you to impact your personal compensation package.

Keep your conversation with your manager focussed on your own compensation. I would keep the comparison to your co-worker's wage rates out of the discussion with your manager, and I would steer clear of any future salary discussions with co-workers.

(Shannon Jackson is the national recruitment manager for Manpower Services Inc.

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