Is it a good practice - when everybody in office are aware of co-workers salary?

Is this question on topic? I saw a comment asking that question and as I reread the question I think that this is off topic. I'm voting to close.

Any thoughts?

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The FAQ states

people who want to be financially literate, find ways to save money, minimize taxes, invest wisely, plan for retirement, etc. Also for financially-savvy amateurs, DIY-investors & personal finance pros

I don't see this question falling into that range. I have also spent a few moments here wonder how I would rewrite the FAQ and I am not sure I would. I am torn because it is an interesting question, but it is honestly a business / start-up question not a financial one.

  • agreed. off-topic.
    – mpenrow
    Commented Aug 23, 2010 at 18:57

Good point. After some thought, I agree, and I just cast my vote to close too.

While I think some business questions could be on-topic – e.g. relating to self-employment, as being close to the individual / personal end of the spectrum – I do think questions about business practices in general and in larger companies should be off-topic, unless those practices directly impact one's personal finances and it is that impact that is being asked about.

For instance, a question asking about a company's across-the-board salary reductions may be on topic if an individual is asking how to cope with that. Or, even a question about "how can I negotiate my salary in a company where salaries are public knowledge?" The subject matter is related to the question under the microscope in this case, but asking about the practice from an individual's perspective. I'd say that would work here.

But in this case as it is written, the question seems to be asking "what's better for the company?" .. So I don't see the personal finance angle. I'm sure there'll be a Stack Exchange 2.0 site for business practices, at some point. Belongs there.

  • I agree that the fundamental issue with this question is the wording. That said a question like this, which could be answered objectively, may be useful to a person's decision to stay with a company or not. If someone were to ask about a situation which is a clear indication of company's impending demise, it would be useful from a personal finance angle; even if it were more of a career related question. Commented Aug 23, 2010 at 21:30

I might be inclined to call it marginally on topic if it didn't have the addition problem of being worded so the answers will be completely subjective. Specifically the "is it a good practice" part.

If it were re-written in the context of "What are the pros/cons of me implementing this within my business" I might be inclined to let it slide.


While I agree it is slightly off topic in regards to personal finance, it has garnered a lot of discussion from users and makes for an interesting pseudo-financial topic. I think it should remain open.

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    Just because it is popular doesn't mean it should stay open. This tends to lead to more of the same.
    – C. Ross
    Commented Aug 23, 2010 at 16:32
  • To play devil's advocate for a moment. Technically what is on/off topic is ultimately decided by the community, not necessarily a single moderator or application of a hard rule. So a popular question that is technically off-topic question has a decent chance of surviving. I am often swayed away from voting to close an off-topic question if it has a lot of upvotes.
    – JohnFx Mod
    Commented Sep 2, 2010 at 15:08

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