Talking about salaries
A little while back, I was at a talk in a community college classroom where an engineer from Boeing (they make airplanes, among other things) was giving a short lecture on how to better prepare yourself as a beginner in the engineering field. Suddenly, out of the blue.. an awkward guy straight up raises his hand and asks:
“So, like, how much money do you make?”
The young engineer at the front of the class got quiet, and looked at the host of the whole thing, then looked at the student again, and chuckled.
“If you want to know, I’ll tell you after the lecture… I mean, it’s no big deal but.. you know.”
“Oh, so what kind of car do you drive?”
We all felt the tension in the room and we wanted it to go away, but could do very little about it.
Has anyone ever wondered WHY it is so awkward to speak about salaries?
I mean, even with our close friends and relatives. With our parents and siblings. With strangers at the bus stop. Why have we tabooed the crap out of it?
We make ourselves vulnerable by revealing how much money we make. It is almost like telling someone how much we weigh, or what your cup size is. We can all make a pretty good estimated guess, but refuse to bring attention to it at all cost.
I just find it funny how we just avoid the topic, and how easy it is to do so because nobody likes to talk about it. Not even “rich” people.
So, how much money do you make?
Haha, just kidding.
Here’s the question:
Are you open to speaking about salaries?
From yesterday’s post:
How do you let someone know that you want them to shut up?
Excellent idea. Just lie your way out of there.
“But tomorrow is Sunday!”
“Yeah, its a Sunday test. It’s a pretty hardcore class!”
The good news is you can use that excuse 5 days out of the week.