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Inequality at work and employees' perceptions of organisational fairness

Gallie, Duncan, Felstead, Alan, Green, Francis and Henseke, Golo 2021. Inequality at work and employees' perceptions of organisational fairness. Industrial Relations Journal 52 (6) , pp. 550-568. 10.1111/irj.12346
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The need to promote fairness at work, as a way of both enhancing employee well-being and raising productivity, has become increasingly central to political discourse. There has been little research, however, on perceptions of fairness across the diverse spectrum of employees in the workforce—the extent to which they regard their organisations as fair and the work experiences that most strongly inform their judgements about fairness. The paper draws on a representative national sample of British employees to examine the distribution and potential determinants of their views about the overall fairness of their organisations and how these differ by occupational class and sex. As well as pointing to the central importance of employee voice and the quality of supervisory treatment, it shows that the level of work intensity and job security are strongly associated with evaluations of fairness. In contrast, the effects of pay policies are relatively modest.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0019-8692
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 September 2021
Date of Acceptance: 31 August 2021
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 16:46

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