HRInsights Weekly Lightbulb 12/5

This Week’s HRI “Lightbulb”  – Special Employee Treatment

Dilbert continues to provide fodder for the HR professional.  On Sunday, December 2nd, Dilbert highlights small differences in how employees may be unknowingly treated differently by management, at least from the perspective of other employees.  For example, take the carpooler who is excused early from the meeting by the CEO to catch his ride.  So, why do carpoolers get to leave early?  Not sure.  Why do smokers get all those free 5-minute breaks?  Why does it seem that Sara and Jerry are always lingering around the coffee pot rather than doing their jobs?  Bob is sure that Samantha always takes 35 minutes for her lunch break instead of 30.  Small differences in the enforcement of office rules can fester among employees and create hidden resentment.  Fair or not, we at HRInsights think that small business owners can better maintain a productive atmosphere when these “differences” are addressed openly.

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