‘You make how much?’

At Whole Foods, salary information is readily available – but is that too much information?
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2014

When it comes to money, Whole Foods has nothing to hide. The 80,000-employee grocery chain — which touts healthy, organic living — has an open-book policy that allows any employee to see the compensation of another.

“This is just another avenue where we can share information with our team members that we think engenders trust and transparency and, in a sense, levels the playing field for everybody in that we have nothing to hide,” said Mark Ehrnstein, Austin-based executive director of team member services at Whole Foods.

A curious employee can request the report — which includes information on the organization’s 2,025 Canadian employees — from an in-store HR representative and, once given access, can take notes but can’t copy or take the report home.