An HR Glossary for HR Terms


What is Equity?

Equity refers to the fair and impartial distribution of resources, opportunities, and rewards among employees.

Why is equity important?

Equity in the workplace is crucial for fostering a positive, inclusive environment where all employees have equal opportunities. It involves treating workers with fairness and respect, ensuring that everyone has equal access to advancement, recognition, and growth, regardless of their background or characteristics. Organizations prioritizing equity are more likely to attract and retain diverse talent. 

What are the benefits of having equity in the workplace?

  • Higher employee satisfaction and morale: Equity in the workplace ensures that all employees are treated fairly, leading to increased contentment and positive attitudes among the workforce.
  • Stronger engagement: Equity fosters a sense of inclusivity and fairness, resulting in higher levels of employee engagement, as individuals feel valued and connected to their work.
  • Elevated levels of innovation and creative contributions: When equity is established, diverse perspectives are embraced, creating a conducive environment for innovative thinking and creative problem-solving.
  • An ethical culture: Workplace equity promotes a culture built on principles of fairness and respect. Minimizing the risk of discrimination or bias helps promote an ethical and inclusive organizational environment.

How can you promote equity in the workplace?

  1. Audit Current Practices: Conduct a comprehensive review of existing policies, procedures, and decision-making processes to identify potential biases.
  2. Establish Clear Criteria: Develop transparent and inclusive criteria around employee pay, promotions, recognition, and special accommodations to establish fair standards.
  3. Incorporate Diversity in Leadership: Actively promoting diversity in leadership roles can set an example and demonstrate an organization’s commitment to equity. It’s also important to ensure managers receive proper training in order to uphold fair treatment practices.
  4. Promote and Reinforce: As the company adapts, it's important to keep everyone in the loop by transparently communicating the ongoing efforts and changes toward creating an equitable workplace.
  5. Conduct Regular Reviews: Collect feedback periodically to assess how employees feel about current practices and the overall culture. This allows you to monitor progress and update equity strategies in accordance with employee needs.

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