Male co-worker in same position, pay equity conversations
I am on a team where I’m in the exact same role as a male coworker. We were hired at the same time and our roles are exactly the same. He has more experience in the field (he’s much older) but I have more relevant education and a broader skillset. In the past year, my performance at the same job has been drastically better: I’ve been doing really well and he has struggled to keep up with our bosses’ expectations. My output is probably 40-60% higher and having a big impact. I’ve gotten a performance raise. In contrast, our boss asked me to help identify what factors could be affecting this coworker’s performance so he can help him keep up. I think that if I knew how much my coworker was making, and if it was more than me, I could definitely leverage that to get higher pay. For all I know, I could already be making more than him, I really have no idea. My company says they are evaluating pay equity in general, but I haven’t heard any updates or what that looks like. Does anyone have any advice? I am nervous about asking my coworker directly, because it may be awkward if I make more than him. However, if he’s making more than me based on hiring negotiations, I really think my company should at least bring me up to that level... I’ve thought about chatting with my boss about the company’s pay equity evaluations, in general, from a standpoint of curiosity. It’s a passive path, but I could lay the groundwork and/or give my boss the an opportunity to explain what’s happening with that. Thoughts? Has anyone been in a similar pickle?