Most employers believe that their company is inherently fair. Many employees beg to differ, however, believing that there are favoritism, wage gaps, and other symptoms of unfairness abundant in their workplace. Reports and metrics can help you to litmus test the fairness in your workplace, revealing inequities that you may not have spotted and unearthing dissatisfaction that could be eroding your productivity levels and prosperity.
Pulling up salary metrics and examining them for fairness can help you to spot wage gaps. Digging deeper allows you to review performance indicators that may be behind the gaps, or conversely the absence of explanation that may indicate management biases. Reviewing salary reports regularly can help you to keep your managers honest and prevent wage gaps that can show your company in unfavorable light.
Absence and Tardiness Reports
Tracking absences and tardiness is important for productivity and performance purposes, but can also show you unfairness that is occurring when it comes to discipline consistency. If an employee has a string of unexcused absences and a record of lateness, but is still working with little to no corrective action, it can be a sign of a larger problem. This can be particularly apparent if other employees have been singled out for these infractions.
Performance may be difficult to measure depending on an employee’s position and job tasks. Using performance scorecards that correspond to employee evaluations and peer assessments can give you metrics that can then be reviewed in report form to assess fairness (and productivity). Seeing performance displayed in this way can give you insights into how fairly your employees are being treated in terms of raises, rewards, promotions, and discipline.
Benefits are often offered as long as an employee meets certain criteria, such as working at a company for a specified length of time and working a certain number of hours. Alterations in an employee’s status, such as moving from part time to full time, can be overlooked, however. Reviewing your benefits reports can help you to spot mistakes in benefits offerings that can lead to greater consistency in fairness and can help you to comply with laws.
Turnover reports are critical to review, as it generally costs about three times an employee’s salary to replace an employee. Turnover reports may not help you to pinpoint a certain cause or perception of unfairness, but can reveal an issue with employee treatment that can be traced to unfair practices. If your employee turnover reports reveal turnover that’s greater than the industry average or that’s climbing, it may be a good idea to review your other reports for clues in unfair practices.