By Pavitra Menon, Senior Consultant - Organizations must develop systems that promote fairness and consistency in all decisions related to people because without them productivity and morale will plummet. In addition, ensuring fair and consistent practices will most likely keep organizations from unintentionally breaking the law.
What gets in the way of being fair?
- Managers tend to overrate themselves on treating people with dignity and respect.
- Managers sometimes mistakenly assume that money or benefits are more meaningful than fair and decent treatment.
- The benefits of fairness aren’t always obvious or tangible.
- It often seems easier to avoid uncomfortable situations.
- Employee Perceptions
- Employee Input in Decision Making
- Leader Behaviors
- EEO Policy
- Introductory Period
- Performance Evaluation
- Employee Concerns
- Disciplinary Process
- Harassment and Sexual Harassment
- Employee Benefits (Vacation, Holidays, Pay Practices, Pay Dates)
Another way to ensure fair process is to handle employee concerns and grievances in a timely and consistent manner. Here are some tips:
- Encourage open communication
- Outline a process for resolving employee concerns in your manual and adhere to it
- Be prompt, responsive and consistent
- Train managers and supervisors on the process
- Communicate the process to staff
- Provide staff with an alternative contact to their direct supervisor
- Include a process for appealing disciplinary decisions
Previous blog posts in the HR Without HR Series:
HR Without HR
HR Without HR, Part 2: Tips For Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Staff
HR Without HR, Part 3: Putting the Right People in the Right Place Doing the Right Things
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