[LI] Pay transparency; work only for money

Two items posted to LinkedIn in November 2017 and March 2018. These have to do in different ways with remuneration – one the case for pay transparency and the other that making money should be one’s career focus. (The arguments for the former make sense; those for the latter aren’t convincing.)

Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid,” David Burkus, TEDx Talk, January 2016 (posted November 2017)

Intuitively I initially rejected this idea of pay transparency (there’s a reason that survey questionnaires always ask the question about income last). And I have heard stories of inadvertent exposure of salary information souring working relations. However, David Burkus makes a good case for it in this 2016 TEDx talk. Key term: “information asymmetry.” My question: How might salary transparency figure in reinventing work, jobs, income, and wealth (which I see as a process we are headed into)?

 

Don’t do what you love for a career—do what makes you money,” Catherine Baab-Muguira, Quartz, 26 October 2016 (posted 19 March 2018)

Interesting contrarian piece by Catherine Baab-Muguira, at a time when popular advice is to follow one’s passion or balance interests. But unless one earns lots, wouldn’t going all “ricework” just put one where the Bud Lite swilling retiree ended up?


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