Fairness influences how employees feel at work, and is one of the basic conditions to build a positive culture. Managers are often expected to be fair in the way they communicate and make decisions, but most do not. Below are 3 roadblocks that often hinder a manager from practising fairness.

Underestimating the Importance of Fairness

Some managers have the wrong belief that tangible rewards are always more valuable to employees as opposed to how they are being treated. Nonetheless, there is a need to understand that salary is not the only motivating driver and does not reduce the need to treat them fairly.

Fearing Fairness Weakens Authority

It is a misperception that if employees are given a voice in the decision-making process, the manager’s decision-making power would be undermined.  However, this practice of fairness actually increases perceived authority in the managers and when employees feel they are heard, they would more likely be driven to willingly support those decisions.

Avoiding Uncomfortable Situations

Managers may find it easier to sidestep dealing with challenging issues, avoid managing difficult employees or choose not to communicate rationales behind why and how certain things are being done. However, it is infinitely more powerful if managers take the stance and deal with the issues head-on, thereby earning the respect from the team for being fair.


The above excerpt is our compilation of ideas for business leaders in the areas of people management, leadership, and workplace happiness. 

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