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Why is fairness important?


Our very own Director and Business Psychologist, Pip Gwynn recently did a pod cast with the awesome Andy Goram.

Here are Andy’s main take aways from the session…..

What’s the difference between equality, equity and fairness?

Whilst researching fairness for my recent podcast conversation with Pip Gwynn from Insight HRC Ltd I was seeing the terms equality and equity used a lot. Often though, it seemed to me to be getting mixed up and a bit confused as to what each meant and whether they were even the same thing.

It may be obvious to you, or you may have a different view, but this is the way I ended up thinking about it.

🥅Fairness is the goal. 🥅 That’s what we want to achieve, right?

👩🏼‍🤝‍🧑🏿 Equality is where everyone in the organisation is treated the same, regardless of any differences they may have.👩🏼‍🤝‍🧑🏿

🔑Equity means that people are provided with what they specifically need to succeed.🔑

I think understanding these terms and the common goal is important when thinking about fairness in the workplace, especially at the moment with this being such a hot topic.

🧠What I also found interesting from the conversation with Pip, was David Rock’s SCARF model and the role that fairness plays as our brains scan our surroundings, looking at those risk and reward factors. It’s clear that our sense of fairness plays a large role in influencing our behaviour at work.🧠

Understanding the impact that fairness has on our people and the influence it has on the trust they have in the organisation and its leaders is a fascinating topic, especially as a recent Gartner for HR survey revealed that only 18% of employees surveyed thought they worked in a high fairness environment at work (and only 22% of HR professionals thought that too!). 😲What is the impact of that?

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