Being and Belonging at Work: Why it matters.

Finding Equity at Work

It’s no shock that equity is needed for workers to feel fulfilled. If you don’t feel like the environment around you is fair, why would you want to be a part of it? If your employees don’t see opportunities at your organization, you will eventually lose them.

It’s not just about having advancement opportunities. It’s also about the fairness in how they are treated. Are they respected? Are they valued? In the documentary, La’Shondra was told by her employee that her opinions as a teacher did not matter, because the focus was solely on the children. Of course being concerned about your customer or target audience is important, but if you lose sight of those that make your business run, you are certain to have turnover.

Manager Tips

Although some don’t see work as simply a means for survival, money will always be an important conversation. Organizations can be more transparent with job descriptions, wage ranges, and opportunities for growth with each role. This transparency shines a clear light on what is available and how to get there, regardless of who applies or works in a role.

When many talk about equity, they think of diverse groups of individuals. But at the heart of equity, it’s really just about fairness. You can’t have equity until the CEO, Executives, line managers, and everyone else, are held to the same standards. Any policies or rules set in place should apply to each person in a fair way. Build a culture that holds everyone accountable to your standards, and then the company will feel fair.

Employee Tips

Does something feel unfair? Let your manager know. Whether someone is being treated in a way that you aren’t, or there’s inequity related to the holidays chosen by your organization, feedback is key to helping companies evolve. If an organization is set in its ways, it might be hard for them to see that something isn’t fair — unless it is brought to their attention.

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