Addressing Fairness as an Employer

By Cary L. Cooper, Sheena Johnson, Lynn Holdsworth

Part of Organisational Behaviour For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Employers have several options open to them for ensuring equality and fairness in the workplace. No quick-fix solutions exist, but the following are options to consider:

  • Develop mentoring schemes. Mentorship is a great way of helping people progress within an organisation. Mentors can be especially useful in introducing mentees to useful networks that they may not be privy to.

  • Ensure that promotion procedures are transparent. Have a clear promotion planning process so that you decide on promotions on clear terms and leave less room for discrimination to creep in.

  • Give the message from the top. The importance of equality and appreciating diversity at work should be a message that comes from the management of your organisation.

  • Make diversity a goal. A diverse workforce is likely to be one that employs men and women, people of different ages, and people with a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds. Diversity must be a business target and not just something your organisation should or has to do.

  • Provide training on diversity issues. Make people aware of their own potential biases.