Promoting a fair and equal workplace is not only a common concern for leaders of corporate giants but a challenge for small business owners as well. Your team is essential to the long-term success of your business, so it is vital that each staff member has an equal opportunity for recognition and reward, no matter where they fall on the leadership ladder.
Creating a workplace culture that rejects favouritism or unfair recognition programs will ensure every employee feels like they are a valued member of your business.
Feeling undervalued could lead to the risk of losing employees in your business, as they may look toward other opportunities.
Here are three ways to design a fairer workplace for your staff.
Re-evaluate your recognition system and bonus program (if you have one) to ensure every employee will be recognised for any achievements they reach on behalf of the business.
While it is easy to notice a sales employee who makes a deal or brings in a new client, do not forget about the assistant who puts in that extra effort to keep the office running smoothly. Otherwise, various employees may feel resentment towards management and become unmotivated in their roles. This could lead to poorer performance and work ethic.
Dispute Resolution Process
Even in a small business, it can be easy to overlook an employee complaint. However, this does not foster a fair or even peaceful working environment.
It is important to have a formal procedure in place so that your staff can voice any complaint they may have.
If there isn’t a clear way forward in how to resolve a dispute, employees may find themselves struggling to achieve a fair outcome and have their voices heard.
This way, you can maintain a positive working relationship with your employees and resolve any issues that arise in the workplace before they escalate.
Fair Promotion System
To ensure other staff members do not believe a particular employee is unfairly promoted, provide regular feedback to your team, i.e., monthly or quarterly performance reviews.
Establish clear goals that employees must meet to receive a promotion. This will not only help to avoid any resentment but fuel your employees to take on extra challenges that work towards the success of the business.
This is also a great way to facilitate skill development by encouraging employees to upskill for
It is essential that your staff is compensated fairly for the time and effort they spend each day in the office. This way you can retain your hardest and most talented workers. If there is too great a discrepancy between what employees who perform the same role are earning, without justification (ie. working different hours/days), employees may voice dissatisfaction.