SHRM research found that 27 percent of American workers believe workplace equity is the most important issue they face at work.
Positive workplace cultures discourage harassment and discrimination and promote pay decisions based on substantial business factors.
- Workplace Culture: Urging employers to foster healthy workplace cultures. Strong anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies are important, but culture is key to prevention.
- Pay Audits: Encouraging employers to proactively conduct self-evaluations of pay and correct improper disparities in compensation.
- Transparency: Encouraging employers to have discussions about pay expectations and to share with their employees information on how pay decisions are made.
- Federal Framework: A federal standard of equal pay for equal work, rather than different standards at state and local levels.
It is time for all organizations to become more people-centric. Success in the workplace means prioritizing the management of people, guiding employees’ development and cultivating a strong sense of collective purpose at work. Put frankly, it means focusing on “workplace culture”—the glue that keeps an organization together.
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
President and CEO, SHRM