“These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.” – Abraham Lincoln
We have often heard of parents and teachers having ‘pets’ or favourites. This scenario is now more frequent in the workplace and is a major source of discontent for employees. While it may be true that there are some persons that you would rather work with because of their skill level or work ethic, as a leader you still have a responsibility to be fair to others. Some persons may require upskilling, some may requiring coaching, and some may just require patience from you.
In some instances, you perhaps are being fair but because of your known preference or fondness of a particular team member, all your actions are viewed through that lens. Recall that what people perceive is what they deem to be true.
Lack of fairness or the perception of this leads to a breakdown of trust in an organization. The demise of trust ultimately leads to lower productivity.
How have you been managing perceptions in your team? Do you have a favourite? Have you been providing your ‘pet’ with more opportunities or cutting them more slack? If yes, what will you do differently to regain trust?