Seeking Fairness at Work

Cracking the New Code of Greater Employee Engagement, Retention & Satisfaction

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Pub Date Apr 09 2024 | Archive Date Jul 20 2024

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Seeking Fairness at Work examines the unwritten rules at work—rules that, when broken, keep employees from doing their best work and companies from reaching their full potential.

It’s well known that high engagement is essential to greater productivity, profit growth, customer loyalty, and employee retention.

What’s less understood is the crucial role the implied social contract plays in this process and how it relates to the five most common workplace norms that betray fairness, leaving employees feeling dispirited, disengaged, and headed for the door.

Using evidence-based science, academic research, interviews, and real-life stories, business strategist and host of the Business Confidential Now podcast, Hanna Hasl-Kelchner, analyzes why traditional means of improving employee engagement, retention and satisfaction inevitably fall short.

Discover solutions aimed at neutralizing toxic norms and empowering a culture where employees can do their best work. The book offers a five-part strategy filled with practical tips any leader can use to:

  • Rebuild Trust with More Self-Awareness
  • Improve Relationship Chemistry with More Empathy
  • Make Genuine Accountability a Cornerstone
  • Maintain a Cultural Safety Net
  • Mend the Structural Safety Net

Seeking Fairness at Work is ideal for executives, managers, and entrepreneurs who want to raise their employees’ game instead of their defenses; the human resource professionals, consultants, and employment attorneys who advise them; and employees wanting a reality check of their own workplace experiences.

Seeking Fairness at Work examines the unwritten rules at work—rules that, when broken, keep employees from doing their best work and companies from reaching their full potential.

It’s well known...

Advance Praise

"“Treating people with fairness and respect at work is the very cornerstone of a positive employee experience. Hanna Hasl-Kelchner doesn't just explain it in Seeking Fairness at Work, she provides a common-sense framework for doing so, one based on solid research. People managers at all levels should buy and read this book.”

—Barbara Mitchell & Cornelia Gamlem, authors of The Big Book of HR

“A must-read for senior leaders. Hasl-Kelchner deconstructs the social contract that drives employee engagement and excellence, identifies common pitfalls, and provides a 5-step strategy for building fairness and trust at work. It's like she reads your mind by articulating the concerns you might have about following the steps, then without invalidating that point of view, she manages to shift your perspective. Hasl-Kelchner is a master at the human relationships that are the foundation of any workplace. If you want your employees to bring their full commitment and best ideas to work, read Seeking Fairness at Work.” 

—Rusty Gaillard, team performance and leadership excellence consultant, best-selling author of Breaking the Code

“It's not fair! The lament every leader ought to dread. Because the minute someone feels like they've been short-changed, they feel entitled to take. Unfairness is one of the greatest predictors of dishonesty. Fortunately, Hanna Hasl-Kelchner has provided us a roadmap for how to make sure our workplaces and teams cultivate this universal value we all hunger for. If you want a level playing field where everyone on your team can thrive, take Hanna's well-crafted advice to heart. You'll be so glad you did.”

 —Ron Carucci, Managing Partner, Navalent, best-selling and award-winning author of Rising to Power and To Be Honest

“Hanna Hasl-Kelchner has written the definitive guide to infusing fairness into leadership and organizational practices. She's masterfully woven together important concepts and models into an actionable and reality-based approach to creating a workplace that works. Seeking Fairness at Work is filled with concrete ways to dramatically elevate the employee experience—and business results. If you want to immediately make a positive impact on your team, read this book.”  

 —Julie Winkle Giulioni, award-winning author of Promotions Are SO Yesterday and co-author of Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

“Seeking Fairness at Work adds so much value to the ongoing conversation about employee engagement. It explains not only the importance of fairness in the workplace, but also the advantages. A little more humanity will go a long way in creating an environment that's enjoyable, productive, and effective at retaining employees, and Hanna has absolutely nailed how to accomplish this. I hope my kids' employers read this book!”

—Scott Greenberg, business speaker & writer, author of The Wealthy Franchisee and Stop the Shift Show

“Hanna has done us all a favor by writing this book. She has significantly added value for all of us who are wanting a better workplace environment. By focusing on what's fair as her foundational element she moves us through a process of determining how to do it better. She shows us how to rebuild trust, improve relationship chemistry, and find genuine accountability—all critically important to building and sustaining a strong people centered culture. Finally, the discussion on a cultural and structural safety net is necessary for a comprehensive workplace understanding. For all of us who are interested in understanding, creating, and maintaining a strong, employee based culture, this is a must-read.”

—Warren Rustand, CEO, Summit Capital Consulting LLC

“Fairness in the workplace is a critical yet elusive concept for most managers and organizations. In this book, Hanna Hasl-Kelchner thoroughly breaks down the concept and provides up-to-date guidance on how to manage effectively and fairly, anchored by relevant examples and her helpful Fairness Factors. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a truly useful resource on ethical people management.” 

—Rob Wood, Managing Attorney – Operations, Soule Employment Law Firm

""This book provides an answer to the problem of trust in the workplace. It is a call to organizations and leaders to change self-sabotaging habits that make trust with their employees impossible. Seeking Fairness at Work supports employers to act in ways that create opportunities for self-healing, along with more collaboration and productivity.""

 —Sarah Peyton, author of Your Resonant Self

“What an awesome book! Hanna touch on so many elements that coincide with my teachings, writings, and research. In fact, I used it as a reference on several points during recent teaching of my Cultural Competency course for a Supervisory/Management certificate program for Cal State University, San Marcos. I can't wait to see it published so I can request this book as required reading for the program! Seeking Fairness at Work is a MUST-READ for every emerging, existing, and advanced leader and at every level!  

—Dr. Debra Dupree, The MINDSET DOC, author and host of Decoding the Conflict Mindset podcast

“What sets this book apart is its holistic approach to leadership. It’s not just a guide to becoming a better leader; it's a call to action for those looking to make a real difference in the world around them. It's for the aspiring leaders who influence through action rather than words, the servant leaders who put the needs of their team above their own, and the conscious leaders who lead with awareness and intentionality. Seeking Fairness at Work is a must-read for anyone committed to fostering a leadership style that is effective, and deeply human.”

—Cheryl Johnson, Performance Solution Specialist, The Fifth Principle Learning Cooperative

“Seeking Fairness at Work offers a compelling framework to support the urgent need for emotional intelligence in business leadership. An eye-opening game changer!”

—Mark C. Crowley, author of Lead From The Heart: Transformational Leadership For The 21st Century

“Long before I ran a company, I worked for several as an employee. Back then, constructs like trust, accountability, and fairness at work were mere whispers. Today, employees have digital megaphones. Seeking Fairness at Work is a masterful strategy for leaders balancing empathy, engagement, and execution in the modern workplace.”

—Olalah Njenga, CEO, YellowWood Group LLC and Vice Chair, NCWorks Commission

“Hanna has unique compassion for understanding the basics of employee fairness and cultures that provide the right things for them to thrive. She is brave in her assessment of both the barriers and breakthroughs and speaks wonderfully from the point of view of employees at all levels of an organization. I hope managers, leaders, and executives take the time to read, internalize, and exercise the wealth of information and guidance she provides the reader. The right advice; at just the right time.”

—Jim Jeffers, CEO, HRrenewal ®

“The pre-pandemic leadership models do not work with today's generation of workers. Employees have changed their mindsets about the role of work and the workplace. It's time that leaders do as well. Seeking Fairness at Work lays out a usable playbook for leaders on the important aspects of leading people they need to employ to create workplaces of wellbeing and safety. Following the advice in this book will lead to desired results. Anyone who ignores this advice will shorten their leadership career.”

—Steven Howard, author and leadership mentor, Humony Leadership

“One of the most interesting studies I ever read showed that the very best small businesses had one thing in common. Was it great marketing? No. A great location? No again. A superior product? Nope. It was that they were all run by great managers. Turns out great managers foster happy employees, and happy employees create repeat customers. Hanna Hasl-Kelchner's new book, Seeking Fairness at Work, shows how any leader can be the type of leader that makes a difference. Highly recommended!”

—Steve Strauss, best-selling author, and Inc. Magazine columnist

"“Treating people with fairness and respect at work is the very cornerstone of a positive employee experience. Hanna Hasl-Kelchner doesn't just explain it in Seeking Fairness at Work, she provides a...

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Seeking Fairness at Work, by Hanna Hasl-Kelchner, was a timely read for me. I've been struggling with how to articulate some of the issues I've seen with management in my organization. Employees complain about a lack of trust. After reading this book, I realize that what they're expressing is an issue of unfairness, particularly when it comes to unwritten rules. I'm excited to share this with my leadership team and am hopeful that Hast'Kelchner's suggestions help us to improve our workplace.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC; all opinions are my own.

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I would recommend Seeking Fairness at Work - Cracking the New Code of Greater Employee Engagement, Retention & Satisfaction to every supervisor, manager, leader, and human resources professionals in any size organization. The book is insightful, timely, and prescriptive. In my opinion, it’s one of the few leadership/human resources book that is both inspirational and completely necessary. Author Hanna Hasl-Kelchner dispels many leadership myths and connects the dots between fairness and a thriving team, well-being, and a more successful organization.

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