Many workers uneasy discussing HR issues

Issues of compensation, promotion still considered awkward topics: Survey
By Liz Foster
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/16/2016

Despite employers’ best efforts, many workers still feel HR-related issues are too awkward to talk about with their supervisors, according to a survey by U.K.-based employment law specialists Lupton Fawcett Denison Till. 

Pay-related discussions are deemed the most cringe-inducing, with 42 per cent of respondents saying they would feel uncomfortable broaching the subject with their manager. In fact, 35 per cent of respondents said they would rather discuss pay with a colleague than a supervisor. 

Discussing pay was found to be problematic for both men and women, according to the survey of 329 people. Just 27 per cent of women surveyed said they would feel confident discussing pay with their manager while 49 per cent of men said the same.