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Do you think it would be fair and ethical of a company to publish the salary of each employee on a large board in the company cafeteria for everyone to see? How do you feel that the employees would treat one another knowing each person's salary information?

It was once said that "When a promotion is earned through merit and hard work, the power that comes with the new position will be responsibly used. Power is abused only by people who have not earned it." Do you agree? Why or why not?

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On publishing salaries of employees:

It is not fair unless this was a product of agreement between the management and employees.

Salary rate is a classified and must be kept confidential.
Publishing the salaries of employees will result to insecurity among employees. For those employees ...

Solution Summary

Publishing salaries of employees is an issue that has to be settled between the company and the employees. It could promote the company and yet endanger the employees for possible external intimidation and threat.

Promotion earned through merit and hard work is also discussed.

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