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Take This Job and Shove It? Many Workers Would Confront Boss Over Unfair Pay

A recent global poll conducted by Monster reveals that the majority of respondents are likely to go straight to their boss if they found out they were being paid unfairly. 41% of respondents claim that they would approach their boss about their salary and demand a raise; and an additional 36% said that they would additionally start looking for a new job.

“Finding out that you are being paid less than your coworkers can feel like a slap in the face,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster.com. “It’s important to take a step back and not act rashly. Consider factors like seniority and length of tenure before deciding your pay is unfair. If you are going to bring it up, approach the subject carefully: be sure you have thoroughly correct information, and know the difference between your dream salary and a fair salary. If, after meeting with your boss and discussing the discrepancy in your pay, you are still feeling underappreciated, you should explore your other options.”

Monster, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. asked visitors to their site the question, “What would you do if you found out you were being paid unfairly?” and received over 7,800 responses. The international findings include:

  • 36% of respondents answered “Talk to my boss and start looking for a new job”
  • 41% of respondents answered “Talk to my boss and demand a raise”
  • 15% of respondents answered “I wouldn’t talk to my boss but would start looking for a new job”
  • 8% of respondents answered “I would complain to friends and family but wouldn’t do anything else”

Breaking down the numbers by region, workers in France and the United States are most likely to demand a raise (with 49% and 46% answering so, respectively). Workers in Asia and India are most likely to not take action, with the highest rates of answering (11% and 13%) that they would only complain but not take action. Only 2% of US respondents would start looking for a new job without speaking to their boss, while Germans (26%) and Canadians (27%) are the most likely to start a job search without consulting their boss first.

The results of the current Monster Global Poll are based on votes cast by Monster visitors from: November 4-18, 2013. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation. The Monster Global poll, a product of Monster, the premier global online employment solution and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc., is a series of online polls that gauge users’ opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy and the workplace. These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate.

For tips on making the most out of your career, please visit: MonsterWorking.com.

About Monster Worldwide

Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW), is the global leader in successfully connecting job opportunities and people. Monster uses the world's most advanced technology to help people Find Better, matching job seekers to opportunities via digital, social and mobile solutions including monster.com®, our flagship website, and employers to the best talent using a vast array of products and services. As an Internet pioneer, more than 200 million people have registered on the Monster Worldwide network. Today, with operations in more than 40 countries, Monster provides the broadest, most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities globally. For more information visit about-monster.com.

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