Do employees care how much co-workers earn?

No matter how much money they earn, workers wish they were paid more. But does an increase in salary correspond to an increase in personal happiness?

Many workers have contract clauses forbidding discussion of salary among office staff. Does knowing how much fellow employees earn have a negative effect on workers?

Anthony Balderrama over at the CareerBuilder Work Buzz blog tackles these questions with the help of two recent research studies.

Two economists published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in September that suggests there is a salary threshold of happiness for workers.

A second study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that knowing colleagues’ pay can affect job satisfaction.

To read Balderrama’s breakdown, click here.

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