16 March 2016 category: people management
One common factor for virtually all of us is that we all want to be treated fairly. Failure to treat people fairly at work has a long-term effect on them and leads to a breakdown of trust.
It is worth remembering the results of a 2015 study in hbr.org which showed the following statistics:
89% of people at work claim that they “have been treated unfairly at work
because of someone else’s bias”.
This varies according to gender (84% men vs 93% of women) and race (87% of Caucasians vs 92% of non-Caucasians),
Even allowing for a margin of error (not every perceived case of bias, prejudice or unfairness will be intended or actual), the numbers are difficult to argue against; there is a lot of unfairness in the workplace.
This is not only morally wrong, but is clearly bad for business. If you are managing a team or a business, it is important that you take a long look at whether you are treating people fairly – and that you are seen to do so.
If not, you are causing undue stress and suffering in your workforce and your business will suffer from poor productivity and low retention rates.