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Sunday, August 24, 2021

The notion of salary transparency among peers, first broached back in April, is picking up steam, with advocates suggesting it’s inevitably going to be SOP in the workplace.

All theoretical, until it gets down to the actual dollars:

But some people are already defying the taboo. [software company owner Ann] Price, for one, was happy to tell me that her salary is $300,000. Her project managers earn $80,000.

But when I asked [Glassdoor.com CEO Robert] Hohman, he stammered, then answered: “$200,000.” Later, he sent an e-mail message to say he had done something he had been procrastinating about: post his salary on his own Web site.

Compare this to David’s original assessment of this open-salary phenomenon, with which I agreed: That it’s easy to give full disclosure when everyone in your professional/social group is making peanuts, but once someone starts making significantly more, the peer relationships get strained and discretion becomes the wiser option. I suspect that Hohman falls into this situation; as for Price, she probably hangs with a crowd that makes about the same as she does, and therefore, doesn’t have to deal with disparities among her peers.

In market terms, it’s indeed advantageous for individuals to know the landscape within their own professions. When that principle moves into social circles, it’s more fraught with peril. I’d say for all this talk of transparency, it’s moving toward a fairly limited form of it: Within industries, basically as a walled-garden approach.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/24/2008 10:59:51 PM
Category: Business, Society
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I somehow got the yen to do some cooking today. As unlikely as that was, it was accompanied by a specific desire for soup.

But since a) I’m lazy and b) it’s still hot-sticky summer, I zeroed in on this epicurious.com recipe for Chilled Mango and Cucumber Soup. Perfect for me, because there’s no real “cooking” involved — just mixing together the ingredients and cooling it all down. And even more perfect, not only are there very few ingredients to it, but each of those ingredients was something I liked.

The only part that hamstrung me: All that “fine chopping” of the mango, cucumber, and red onion. That’s for the birds. If I didn’t have a little handy-chopper utensil to help that along, I might have abandoned the effort.

I took heed of the reader reviews and ignored the addition of all that water to the mix; in fact, all that chop-chop-chopping fairly liquified the mango and cucumber (both of which are mostly water anyway). The end result was quite good, with a nice, thick consistency. It’s definitely on my list for future summertime meals.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/24/2008 08:32:28 PM
Category: Food
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In the past couple of days, I’ve spotted two different young women — coincidentally, but not pertinently, on the subway — sporting two different shades of nail polish: One for the fingernails, and a different one for the toenails.

It’s not like I’ve never seen that phenomenon before. But in both cases, the colors were so opposed to one another — they both had a bright-pinkish polish down below, and a dark/black one up top — that it was grabbed my attention. I ascribed the first instance to simple laziness: She didn’t bother to either redo the unmatched set of nails, or to wear shoes that would at least cover up the mismatch. But in the second case, I noticed that she was spending a fair amount of time examining the color jobs on both her hands and feet; so she was certainly paying enough attention to her look.

Is this a new fashion trend? Sure enough, Elle Magazine is advocating creative detours away from the “unwritten rule” of matching nail polish for all twenty digits. But from perusing those examples, they mostly seem to pair up just variations on the same hue, like dark-red/dark-pink, etc. To me, those match. The live-action displays I saw, not so much.

But I guess that with the genie now out of the makeup bottle, there’ll soon be no restrictions on the mixing-and-matching colors the ladies will be sporting on their cuticles. Probably have to wait until next summer, when toes are more often on full display, to see the effect.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/24/2008 07:45:01 PM
Category: Fashion, Women
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