Life isn’t always fair, at least, that is what we’re often told. Yet people want to be granted the opportunity for fairness. Can you impact workplace fairness?
Have you ever heard someone suggest that things are too fair?
It seems that the scarce resources are much more noteworthy.
Fairness becomes an issue when we see differences. In the workplace it is true for gender, race, the generations, and so much more.
People often reference the golden rule. “Treat others the way you would like to be treated.” And, in generational talks I often reference that there may be a shift in the golden rule. Perhaps a different view is, treat others the way they would like to be treated.
Despite all of the efforts of many, people still form cliques. They desire to cling to people who are just like themselves or who have exactly the same values and beliefs.
Fairness is problematic for job status, promotions, and perks.
The management team is treated differently than the front-line crew.
Awareness is often the first step in making a positive change.
It is surprising sometimes the number of people who fail to recognize their own ability to be fair. Fairness to you may not look like fairness to someone else.
This is exactly why the golden rule may need some deeper examination.
What is the right thing to do? Do people do the right thing?
Now more than ever it is important for everyone to dig deep and make it better.
Often the first step in making things fairer is dependent upon your own actions. If you feel like it is the right thing to do then there really shouldn’t be a reason why you are not.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.