How to Be Seen as a Fair Manufacturing Leader

We have all been told at one time or another to treat others the way we want to be treated.  This is a good place to start being seen as a fair leader in the manufacturing industry. Creating an environment of mutual respect and fairness are vital in becoming a successful manager.

How to approach “The Rules”

Rules should be enforced in the same manor for all employees and managers.  A “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality will not cultivate a feeling of fairness among your staff.

If you suspect that certain rules that are unfair or they favor a group of people, don’t be afraid to speak up and raise the issue.

Don’t play favorites

Even when it is unintentional, playing favorites can be very destructive to a team. When an employee feels as though they are not being treated fairly they are likely to disengage from their job and may become resentful.

Treat your employees equally and be open to the possibility that you may be favoring one or more persons. It may be necessary to periodically step back and assess your treatment of your employees as it is easy to fall in to a pattern of favoritism.

Make sure that there is equal recognition amongst employees. Try not to emphasize one person’s successes over another. Recognize the work of employees often and encourage them to appreciate each other’s achievements as well. It is just as important to development a sense of fairness between staff as it is with management.

Honesty is the best policy

All employees appreciate honesty and consistency. Always try to explain why things are done a certain way.  Perhaps a new rule has been put in place; make sure your staff understands the purpose and how it will affect them. Being open and honest will allow your employees to see you as a fair person who has their best interests in mind. It will also help to create a sense of trust and equality.


Be open to the fact that even if you think you are being fair others may perceive the situation differently. Be understanding of individual needs and values. You have to be open to adapting practices for the best interest of the team as a whole.

If you have done a good job in developing an environment of mutual respect and trust, your employees should feel comfortable coming to you with and concerns they may have about fairness in the workplace.

Understanding how your staff perceives you as a manager is also important. If you have built a reputation previously as an unfair manager, it may be hard to break that persona. You will need to work to change that perception through future actions and rebuild your image in a better light.

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