Don’t be afraid of big paycheque (Editor’s notes)

Honesty best policy when it comes to compensating highly valued talent
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/02/2009

When it comes to party conversation, there are three topics that are taboo — religion, politics and money. When it comes to the workplace, the first two should definitely remain taboo. But we shouldn’t be so afraid to talk about money.

The Ontario government looks, at best, awkward and perhaps even a little underhanded because of the way it’s handling pay for some of its top bureaucrats in the health-care sector. (See “Ontario government circumnavigates its own pay rules”)

There’s nothing technically wrong, and certainly nothing illegal, about what the province is doing. But it smells fishy. In a nutshell, the government has guidelines that suggest a cap on pay for these positions. That cap, apparently, is out of whack with market value.