SUMMARY: Fairness & Integrity involves leadership which is honest, transparent and consistent, where there is fairness and equity in decision-making, and a humble understanding of personal limitations and biases.

Why this matters:

There are many benefits to having a focus on fairness and integrity in the workplace such as:

  • All your employees trust your leadership
  • Discrimination is eliminated or reduced
  • Problematic employee issues are addressed
  • Employees are much more likely to want to do their best work
  • You are more likely to have a high functioning team

Fairness and Integrity is a construct about how employees perceive your personal character and trustworthiness. This is linked to other domains.

Suggested actions and resources by statement:

1. “I know how and when to adapt my communication style to facilitate effective interaction with different employee personalities, emotional states, or learning styles.”

2. “I regularly ensure that all employees who report to me have clarity in terms of job expectations and task priorities.”

3. “Even when I am not authorized to share information, I communicate effectively with my employees to address any unnecessary fear or concern.”

  • Seek clarity about the information you can share, and when you can share it
  • Discuss any concerns being expressed by your employees with your superiors, and ask for help to manage the fear

4. “I support the needs of employees with mental health issues who are trying to stay productive at work.”

5. “I take active steps to create a work environment that is free of stigma and discrimination.”

6. “I notice when an employee is disengaged, and I try to help resolve the challenges they are facing.”

7. “I have a strong understanding of what makes each of my employees feel appreciated for their efforts.”

8. “I recognize efforts and successes in ways that are meaningful to each particular employee.”

9. “I am aware of how my stress and frustration can impact others at work.”

10. “I ensure our team interactions remain respectful for all, regardless of current workplace demands and stressors.”

11. “I ensure that all team members demonstrate civility in their workplace interactions.”

12. “I effectively resolve workplace conflict in a way that preserves the respect and dignity of all participants.”

13. “I hold members of my team accountable for every instance of inappropriate workplace conduct.”

14. “Where possible, I consult with employees on potential decisions and changes that may affect their work.”

15. “As soon as possible, I inform employees in a clear and positive manner of changes outside of my control that may impact how their work is done.”

16. “I monitor my team's workload demands on an ongoing basis, and make adjustments as needed.”

  • Include review of workload demands in regular face-to-face meetings

17. “I ensure that employees have the skills and resources they need to meet the psychological and emotional demands of their job.”

18. “All my employees would agree that I fairly and promptly resolve workplace issues and disagreements.”

19. “I ensure the mental and emotional effort required by my employees to do their work is reasonable.”

20. “I require employees to take their entitled breaks and time off (e.g., lunchtime, breaks, vacation time).”

21. “When an employee expresses a conflict between work and personal demands, they trust me to support them in finding an effective solution.”