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Fairness In the Workplace

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How fair is your workplace? Many employees experience unfairness relating to management, pay, and employee recognition. All types of companies experience fairness issues, but it’s important to face the issues and solve them before they spiral out of control and have a negative impact on business. So what can you do to encourage fairness in the workplace?  Here are some ways:

  • Treat each employee with respect. This point seems obvious but you’d be surprised how many people don’t respect each other in the workplace.  This goes back to your childhood days when your parents told you to treat others how you’d like to be treated.  It’s also important to offer employees equal promotion opportunities. It’s common for promotions to cause problems in the workplace if they’re handled unfairly. Employees that feel respected and treated fairly will in turn help improve productivity in the workplace.
  • Ensure employee recognition. Unequal recognition can cause many problems in the workplace and can make people feel a sense of unfairness.  It can be a challenge to manage all employees equally; however, by ensuring that everyone will receive an equal opportunity it will encourage fairness in the workplace.
  • Pay each employee fairly. It’s important to ensure employees feel fairly paid.  Communicate with each employee so they are aware of total compensation, including base salary, bonuses, health coverage, etc. that each job position holds.

Unfairness in the workplace can be challenging, but by establishing a program to encourage fairness you can reduce these challenges.  Treating each employee with respect, ensuring employee recognition, and paying each employee fairly will help reduce employee concerns and help improve productivity in the workplace.


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