“Social Accounts” as Pay Substitutes = Lower Pay for Women

Managers’ “social accounts” of beyond their social media log-ins.
Experts in procedural justice broaden definition of “social accounts” to include explanations for decisions and outcomes.

Maura Belliveau

Maura Belliveau

Experienced managers who were permitted to give a rationale for salary decisions – a “social account” – awarded smaller salary increases to women employees but not men, in a study by Long Island University’s Maura A. Belliveau.

Less experienced managers did not use social accounts as substitutes for pay, suggesting that managers’ adherence to procedural justice was affected by age and years of experience.
More experienced managers in this study did not enhance women’ earning power.

Julie Cloutier

Julie Cloutier

In addition to “social accounts,” Julie Cloutier of École des Sciences de la Gestion in Montréal  and Cornell’s Lars Vilhuber found the perceptions of fairness and justice in salary decisions are affected by:


3 thoughts on ““Social Accounts” as Pay Substitutes = Lower Pay for Women

  1. Emilia Lahti

    Dear Kathryn, I can’t help but admire your diligence with these posts : ) Love reading them. Keep up the great work!

    With support and smiles, Emilia

    1. kathrynwelds Post author

      Thanks so much for the kind workds, Emilia: I’m trying to cultivate sisu and grit!
      Congratulations on your recent book, Positive Psychologists on Positive Psychology!

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