Fairness shouldn’t be just something you hope for in the workplace. Fairness should be a standard, a staple for survival like food, clothing or shelter.
Not only can fairness at work be a rare commodity in some spaces, but studies have shown employees who perceive workplaces as unfair are more likely to leave jobs — jobs they can’t afford to leave.
Fairness in the workplace is not as black and white as you might think. Being underpaid or yelled at by your boss daily are more obvious examples of abuse at work, but the struggle for employee justice goes much deeper.
What factors contribute to fairness in the workplace?
Recent studies have found that poor treatment in the workplace, or “workplaces perceived to be less fair,” are corrosive to work environments and employee morale.
Things that factor into employee perception of fairness on the job:
- Opportunities for career development
- Work environment
- Conflicts with management
- Lack of challenging work
- Lack of recognition
- Proper direction of company/organization
How can being part of a union help?
Research evidence reports workers feel healthier, and contribute a higher level of energy and effort on the job when workplaces are perceived to be fair.
With the economy in Alberta (even more so with the current wildfire disaster in Fort McMurray), it’s increasingly important that workers are respected and treated justly in all arenas of work.
Teamsters 362 fights for fair workplace laws and standards. We collectively bargain on your behalf for what should be non-negotiable rights — safe working conditions, fair wages, job security…the list goes on. And with high career and environmental stresses weighing heavy on Albertans, Local 362 is putting more focus than ever on mental health supports for employees.
If you want to have happy and healthy employees — if you want to be a happy and healthy employee — workplaces need to be fair. We all need to fight for fair.
To see what Teamsters 362 is all about, visit: teamsters362.com