Fairness and Integrity involves leadership which is honest, transparent and consistent, where there is fairness and equity in decision-making, and a humble understanding of personal limitations and biases.

The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) requires leaders to be competent to manage, lead and supervise employees in a way that is psychologically safe. One of the core aspects of psychologically safe leadership relates to ensuring fairness and integrity in terms of how workplace interactions and decisions are approached.

What is Fairness and Integrity?

Fairness and Integrity involves leadership which is honest, transparent and consistent, where there is fairness and equity in decision-making, and a humble understanding of personal limitations and biases.

Why does strengthening skills in Fairness & Integrity matter?

  • All your employees trust your leadership
  • Discrimination is eliminated or reduced
  • Problematic employee issues are addressed
  • Employees are much more likely to want to do their best work
  • You are more likely to have a high functioning team

So, how do leaders show their integrity and improve fairness in the workplace through their leadership?

  1. Place a high value on honesty, equity and fair treatment in the workplace.
  2. Ensure all employees are treated with respect and dignity.
  3. Ensure a safe and welcoming working environment by not tolerating discrimination and stigma. Though understand that everyone holds their own biases, so allow for humility and openness that encourages honest discussions about stigma and how it can be prevented/eliminated from the workplace.
  4. Build trust with employees.
  5. Prioritize employees’ well-being at work and foster an environment where they not only feel supported by the leaders but are encouraged to support one another.
  6. Support individual limitations by working as a cohesive group that works toward objectives with a united focus. Denigrating limitations will not foster motivation at work.

Consider ways that you can enhance Fairness & Integrity within your organization – remember, there’s always room for improvement!

The Psychological Safety Leader Assessment or PSLA is an assessment tool developed by Dr. Joti Samra, MyWorkplaceHealth’s CEO & Founder, made for leaders to self- assess how they fare across 5 key domains of leadership, which align with the requirements of the Standard. These 5 domains are: Communication and Collaboration, Social Intelligence, Problem Solving and Conflict Management, Security and Safety, and Fairness and Integrity.