October 26, 2020
Workhuman introduces a ‘Charter of Workplace Rights’
Workhuman, social recognition and continuous performance management platform, has unveiled the Workhuman Charter of Workplace Rights and accompanying Workhuman Certified programme during the Workhuman Live Online broadcast.
This new programme provides a clear path of action for progressive companies and leaders who are pioneering effective ways to create more human workplaces. Baystate Health, Cisco, and Schneider Electric are among the first Enterprises to be recognized for their commitment.
“We are in unprecedented times. The work environment has changed significantly, and today’s employees are demanding more. In fact, 88 percent would prefer to work for a company that has a clear policy on employee rights,” said Eric Mosley, Workhuman co-founder and CEO. “This is a wake-up call and a call-to-action for both organisations and professionals; an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and be celebrated as a positive disruptor. While today’s leaders and employees want to be forward thinking and are eager to help drive change, knowing where to start often plagues progress. Workhuman Certified gives HR leaders and practitioners a distinct next step.”
New research from Workhuman claims that employees are passionate about these issues. Yet, fair pay remains an issue that organisations will need to rectify, with nearly one in three employees reporting they don’t believe they are paid fairly, only 46 percent of UK women surveyed reporting they believe they are paid the same as male counterparts, and only 24.8 percent of BAME employees stating they believe they are paid the same as non-BAME employees.
At the Workhuman Live Online event, thousands of HR leaders and professionals heard how Workhuman Certified Enterprises Baystate Health, Cisco, and Schneider Electric approach certain Workplace Rights:
“The stronger we are as a team, the more capable we are of caring for this diverse community.”
Francine Katsoudas, EVP and Chief People Officer at Cisco, discussed pay equity: “We’ve been incredibly focused on pay parity for the last five years. What that means for us is that we really focus on ensuring that every employee, regardless of where they are in the world, is paid fairly. We look at their role. We look at location. We look at the amount of experience and ensure that no one has fallen behind. And I will tell you that as quickly as pay is changing, it requires a tremendous amount of work to really stay on top of that. And one of the things that we’ll always balance, as a company, is how do you pay for performance and ensure that no one is falling behind as well.”
Tina Kao Mylon, SVP of Talent and Diversity at Schneider Electric, discussed sustainability: “Our purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability. Right now, sustainability and efficiency are top of mind for our customers, so whether we can help them reduce their CO2 footprint or help them think about how they manage energy in a more sustainable way while also bringing down cost, those are huge areas where we’ve seen demand. We have also committed by 2030 to have net zero CO2 emissions and we want to operate in a net-zero CO2 supply chain by 2050. We know it’s an ambitious objective, but it’s clear we want to do this.”
Kristin Morales-Lemieux, SVP and CHRO at Baystate Health, discussed diversity and a sense of belonging: “In recent months, and largely in response to the protest over racial injustice, we’ve developed a series that we call the Dignity Series. It’s really teaching and training the Dignity Model that every human being is deserving of recognition and respect and should be treated with and have their dignity honoured. That has opened up the ability for us to have exceptionally open conversations about really scary topics and has really served to make us an organisation where people can feel like they belong, are more sensitive to each other’s differences, and more appreciative of how the more diverse we are, the greater our differences, the stronger we are as a team and the more capable we are of caring for this diverse community.”