‘Fairness’ is subjective… or is it?
Back in May, Lizzie O'Brien asked “Can you be fair and treat people as individuals?”, which kicked-off some very thought-provoking exchanges.
…and in July I recall Shoug asking “If there are two employees at the same level..." and effectively the employer can invest in only one, how do you move proceed in a 'fair' way?
I’ve picked out these two discussion threads after reading new CIPD research which shines a light on the relationship between employers and employees: Attitudes to employability and talent
One of the authors of the report, Louisa Baczor, wrote in a recent blog post...
"Our research on employability explores the balance of power, which is further shifting towards employers, who are no longer providing job security, but are still selective about which individuals receive job and development opportunities. At the strategic level, employers need to clarify the organisational responsibility and proposition to employees against the business strategy. For example, if the organisation cannot guarantee job security, should it provide more diverse and externally-focused development opportunities to staff, to create a fairer ‘deal’?"
Some might say, 'Hey, life is unfair'!!
Anyway, the report covers some very interesting ground exploring the ‘psychological contract’ between employer and employee: developing them as employees and equipping them as individuals for a lifetime of employability - whether it be at current job or future jobs.
The report unpicks workplace relationships and where the power lies when it comes to employability. It talks about how we operate a ‘threat-based’ relationship model with our jobs (I’ll leave vs I’ll sack you), which is a model we don’t repeat in any other area of our lives, so asks how we move beyond that to have a more open and honest relationship that works for both employers and employees.
As Keith said on Lizzie’s thread I mentioned earlier...
"HR all to often has set itself up as the gatekeeper / doorman who interpret the need to protect the business by restricting the opportunity to treat people as individuals."
Tons to ponder... what do you think?