Is money still a taboo topic? (Editor's Notes)

Open salary' approach can be fraught with productivity, engagement landmines
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2014

There are three well-worn taboos when it comes to the workplace: money, religion and politics.

So when you hear of organizations adopting transparent compensation philosophies — literally opening up the books so every employee can see how much their co-workers make — it can be a shock to the system.

As outlined in one of this issue’s cover stories (see “You make how much?” on page 1), grocery chain Whole Foods has embraced the notion that being transparent is a best HR practice.