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What do you think being "treated fairly in the workplace" entails?

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Teresa’s Answer

Being treated fairly in the workplace means that there is a consistent approach that a company takes when it comes to developing talent and offering opportunities to their employees regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. It goes further to also treat people with the same approach regardless of whether they are introverts or extraverts, for example - meaning that not just the vocal folks get opportunities. It's about the work you do, the contributions you make to support the purpose of an organization or team and that you do it in the context of the company's values.
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Bob’s Answer

Each company has a culture, that includes the history ( beginning customers, past and present employee accomplishments, development of new and current clients, events/concerns dealing with competitors, founding beliefs for dealing with employees- clients-customers and suppliers, problems that caused rules to be developed), governing beliefs such as ( rules of employee and management behavior, competition between employees, mutual respect, honesty, integrity, team cooperation, legal issues and constraints, support for advancement and promotions, et al).
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.

Bob recommends the following next steps:

When you have an interest in a company as an employer, read everything you can that will help you to form an opinion should this company fit with your personality and beliefs.
Speak with employees of that company to gauge whether they walk the talk. Do they act and support employees as they say they should.
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Laeba’s Answer

According to me, I would say being treated fairly at work place would involve no gender discrimination, equal pay for both males and females and being treated fairly regardless of race, color, religion, beliefs.
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Prasad’s Answer

In it's simplest form, "treated fairly in the workplace" would mean how you would want to be treated (fairly, equally, respect, equal opportunities, etc.). And then the expectation would be that you would do the same and treat others the same. All of this within the ambit of a legal environment.

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.
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William R’s Answer

Hello Edwin,
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.

Respectfully,
William R. Hart

William R recommends the following next steps:

Find the meaning of this statement: “Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur”
Check out the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws at www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html
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Jonathan’s Answer

In the simplest form for me, being treated fairly in the workplace follows the golden rule taught to many as kids. Treat others the way you would want to be treated. Hear out everyone’s ideas, don’t belittle anyone, be respectful towards others and their time.
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