I fear one of my coworkers is underpaid. This person was hired for a different role but is now doing a variety of work (account, PM, strategy, social mgmt, etc etc) this person is very smart. (cont.)

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Honestly when it comes to salary it just can get weird quickly. Your friend might hate you for asking or be very uncomfortable with it.

I can share my recent experiences with it: one thing that drives me crazy is that older employees that had pretty much checked out but had a ton of experience were making huge salaries but never in the weeds on projects. That was frustrating to see but I could respect it somewhat as they’ve put in their time. What was worse though was when my friend got hired by my company for 20k more than me. Now I’m pissed that I’ve been here for 5 years working my ass off and my motivation has crashed because he waltzed in with that salary. Looking for new roles as a result.

Companies need to be better about salaries for sure but advocating for your friend like that or asking is not recommended.

You could:
1. Tell your friend you’ve been upgrading your LinkedIn and saw how much people make in that role normally. This lets them come to terms with if they’re making more or less than they should and allows them to share without being asked if they wanted.
2. Start giving your coworker kudos in front of their boss or say something like “___ nailed this project - they’re a key employee here always can trust them to deliver on point”

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Beware of assumptions. There is nothing you've indicated that makes it certain or okay or your business and it can really back fire on you. It's a sensitive and possibly highly personal matter. I don't even know if this person is being taken advantage of with all these duties or whether they like it or possibly requested that they'd be given more tasks to try out what they like. I like the idea above to strike up a convo with them about salary along the lines of how you make sure you're paid fairly and the resources you recommend all other people use - then if the person is interested, they can pursue asking for a raise or ask you for help organically. But taking this on out of your own initiative, while well intentioned in theory, comes off a bit presumptuous or like you're other people's savior/problem solver, denying them their agency to manage their life as they see fit.

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You have to talk to your friend here. Going to their manager will turn out incredibly weird. This is your pal’s battle to fight.

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very good advice thank you

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I want to make a case for getting this person a raise.

Should I...

a. directly ask person what they make and empower them to ask their boss for a raise with proof as to what they’re doing for the team.

or

b. discuss with persons boss without their knowing

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