Talking About Money at Work

Salary Snoops

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Dear CC: I recently had an opportunity to take another job,

but my current company countered. Now my office buddies are all asking me the "Did

they give you a lot more money?" question (they did), and I just don't know how

to answer it.

Never, ever discuss salary with your work pals; somebody

always leaves that conversation unhappy. Of course, they know something

happened to keep you there. When they ask, resist the Cheshire Cat smile that

screams "20 percent bump." Instead, CC recommends the self-deprecating eye roll

and a simple, "Hey, now I can pay off my credit card."

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