The problem of uneven pay has been present since ancient times and is probably the first cause of conflict between employees. What's more, this kind of issue doesn't always manifest as a conflict. Maybe the situation is that someone knows they’re underpaid, and because of that they’ll work less productively, they won’t be happy, they won’t get along well in the collective and so on. 


That's why it's important to control your employees' earnings and create a healthy environment where everyone gets what they deserve. Let's learn how to do that.


Why Does It Happen?


You must have found yourself in a situation where you thought you deserved more compensation for the work you did. And that's normal. It turns out that about 32% of people think their work is worth more. 


From the simplest to the more complicated jobs, it's always difficult to make a payment system where everyone’s happy. 


Let's take this situation for example. You have a well-going business, with a few managers that supervise a couple dozen workers. One worker does a fairly simple job. He collects the residue that's left after the production of the goods and later recycles it to be used again. The job isn't hard, but it's always there and the work time is always full. 


Now that person isn’t happy with their salary. They know that the manager is much more paid and does far less than he does. And the main problem is that they’re paid much more. The worker himself knows that the manager's job is more paid. The problem is that the difference between the two salaries is much larger than it should be. This is just one of the situations that might happen. So, how to face this or similar issues?


Pay Them According to Their Work


The trick now is to create an environment where everyone will be satisfied with their workload and their paycheck. It does sound kinda impossible, I agree. But while this kind of utopia isn't necessarily achievable, what we can do is get as close to it as we can. 


What matters most is essentially paying your employees according to the job they’re doing and the time it takes to perform it. Which means you have to gain insight into their activities throughout the day. 


Now, you might be asking how to monitor employees at work? Nowadays, that’s very simple. With the help of freeware monitoring software and time tracking tools for small businesses you can easily know exactly what your employees are doing and how they spend their time.


You already know how how these programs work. They passively gather information and later on provide you with a  detailed report of every employee’s activity. They are being used more and more by business owners across the world. With the help of such software, you'll know exactly on what activities your employee spends their time. What websites do they visit. Are they being productive or not? How many hours have they worked? On some platforms, you can even take a screenshot of their computer screen. But you do see the point? These tools are extremely useful to determine the workload of your employees and with all that information gathered, you'll be able to pay them accordingly.


Hence, everyone will be paid based on their activities and based on their job. Keep in mind that this isn’t spying on your employees. Something like this is implemented with the consent of your employees and based on your country's laws, but in most cases it's 100% legal. Even though, you’ll need to put a bit of research into it and just be sure that you’re doing everything by the book.


Conclusion


If you want to end most of your employees conflicts, you should start by reforming your payment policy and paying everyone based on the work and hours they’ve put in. Hopefully, a computer program to monitor activity will help you out, and you’ll be able to create a healthy working environment where everyone is satisfied.

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