I recently acquired a division of a company where the employees had not received pay increases of any kind for two or more years. I was pleased to be able to make reasonable, if not generous, increases for all employees in conjunction with annual reviews. All the employees we "acquired" were selected as being top performers, so there was a narrow range based on employee performance. We even gave small increases to those who had recent promotions. To my chagrin, all of our non-management employees have blabbed about their compensation to everyone else, resulting, as any resonable person would expect, in all kinds of unhappiness and hurt feelings (bearing in mind that we have pay ranges, and everyone is well within their range). One employee resigned over it, although I think we may be better off on that one.
How should I approach our workforce about this? The managers of the group are planning to address it with feedback to individuals in their O3s. Should I take any further action to the group at large? Or ignore it and let it blow over (as all comp news, good or bad, does pretty quickly)? We have a pretty young workforce, but they are all college graduates, some with graduate degrees. Do they truly not know any better? What am I missing?
This is the first time I have found myself inclined to write, but I am caught by surprise with the magnitude of this problem! Thanks for your thoughts on the matter!