Most companies will introduce you to these and other beliefs, rules of engagement and distinctions as to how they wish you to act as an employee. Some companies will provide you with an information packet that includes all of these and other points. But, the actual culture may significantly differ from what it is you have been told.
So, the primary effort is for you to investigate, before you accept a job, as to what the history and governing beliefs are as well as whether they are followed. For instance, you may be an intelligent, highly motivated, honest, trustworthy, creative and entrepreneurial individual. You may not work well in an environment where every job is conditioned upon a set of strict demanding rules that must be followed in every detail. At the same time, the employees work hard to circumvent the rules in order for them to be able to succeed in their jobs.
Being treated fairly, is based upon the above culture. It may be fair to the company management to treat you as a tool who is to follow strict rules with little to no opportunity to be creative or to attempt new ways to accomplish your assignment.
In another company, the culture may allow you to experiment with ways to accomplish and be successful in your job. An occasional lack of success may be seen as a positive in terms of your trying new ways to perform. Learning and advancing by trial and error may be a path to advancement.
Basically, you want to find a company that invests in mentoring, training and coaching you. One whose management offers timely feed back on your performance. One that offers opportunities for you to grow in your assignment, knowledge and skills. One that respects you and all employees. That wants you to succeed as an individual and as a team member. That offers you a carreer and not just a job.
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One aspect that you will need to match this expectation of being treated fairly will be with the "Culture" of the company. For example, if you are an extremely principled person and your expectation is the same, when this does not match with the overall culture of a company, there could be significant clash which could lead to difficulty in integrating with the overall environment.
Hence make sure to understand the overall culture of the organization and how that matches up to your own perspective.
William R’s Answer
That’s a neat question. Personally, I believe the answer should always be the same regardless of whom is asking the question. In the United States specifically, we have people that spend all day thinking about this very question and we have stacks of law books and corporate policies that are built to ensure this very thing.
Like Lady Justice, Justitia, she is blindfolded holding a set of scales. She is blindfolded to ensure that everyone is treated the same regardless of their position, title, or other factors. The scales tell us that facts and evidence must stand on their own merit and weight equally for all. That is fairness to me.
The question is a big one. The answer is also big. Fortunately, those that have come before us have paved a hard won road with rights and guarantees that protect all of us every day.
William R. Hart
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