Employees are happier and more productive in work environments where they feel equal. While most entrepreneurs do not intentionally create an unequal work environment, this is still a common issue. These are different ways that entrepreneurs can ensure better equality at their workplace.
While there must be some titles to establish different roles in a work environment, giving too many specific titles to employees with similar jobs is unnecessary and can cause division. Entrepreneurs should focus on the categories of work employees do rather than who is above or under whom, which will help avoid making employees feel more or less valued than their coworkers.
Ensure Equality in the Hiring Process
Many companies notoriously lack women or people of different races and ethnicities on their teams. This inequality is unfair and needs to be changed. When hiring employees, companies should make sure that they give equal opportunities to people of different cultures, ages, backgrounds, races, ethnicities and genders.
Be Honest About Pay
Employees are typically curious about how much money their coworkers make. Hiding this information from employees will only make them wonder more and lead to gossip and resentment. For this reason, entrepreneurs should be upfront about how much money all the different employees make and utilize a standard payscale to ensure fair compensation throughout their company. If any employees question this information, it is always best to answer honestly.
Avoid Encouraging a Cliquey Atmosphere
Cliques are bad enough in high school; they should never be allowed in a work environment. While it is normal for some employees to be friends with other employees, business leaders should never make employees feel more valued than others or excluded from the group. A cliquey work environment can lead to employees feeling excluded and bad about themselves, which will interfere with productivity, efficiency and effectiveness. For this reason, entrepreneurs must strive to make all employees feel equally valued and included.
Allow Flexible Work Hours
Most people now agree that making employees stick to a strictly nine-to-five schedule in an office is an outdated workplace requirement. As long as employees can produce quality work and meet their deadlines, they should be allowed flexible hours and the option to work remotely. This flexibility will likely appeal to employees with families or young employees. In some professions, having a specific block of required hours so everyone is available for meetings and communication can be necessary. However, allowing employees to adjust start and end times around that can make a big difference in employee satisfaction.
Following these suggestions will help entrepreneurs create and maintain an equal work environment.