I saw this on Facebook today and it clearly shows what happens when you pay differently for apparently the same task. The monkey in this experiment is just more honest and open about the reaction to realizing he or she is being cheated and treated unfairly.
Most of us have a deep feeling for keeping things fair. In seeing someone paid more for doing exactly what your are doing is a slap in the face and we feel frustrated. We may not shake the bars and slap our hands outwardly, but internally we feel it.
That is why it is so very important that the differences are clear (and explained) when people know they are paid differently. At times, the jobs we do are different…but how different? Why are women paid less (per studies)? Why are minorities paid less (per studies)?
The video made me laugh. Mainly because it is so true. I believe in salary transparency so that people know they are being treated fairly. It may be better for a company to just be open about salaries rather than people finding out unofficially (which does happen – especially with sites like Glassdoor.com).
(the clip on Facebook is the last few minutes of this TED Talk)