Most of us are taught from a very young age to treat everyone fairly, but what does fairness mean in the business environment? Specifically, what role does fairness play when managing people? To be a fair manager, one must be committed to the principles of justice and responsibility, and maintain accountability in the exercise of authority and power. This course focuses on what fairness means in the relationship between managers and their direct reports. It discusses the benefits of treating employees fairly. It also covers areas where showing fairness is most essential – for example, when dealing with different groups and individuals, when distributing information, and when applying standards. Finally, this course provides techniques that you can use in order to demonstrate fairness while managing your direct reports. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Learning objectives

  • Recognise the benefits of treating employees fairly
  • Identify examples of what it means to treat direct reports fairly
  • Identify key considerations when assessing how fair your behaviour is toward direct reports
  • Recognise how to demonstrate fairness in managing direct reports


Individuals in a management role at any level including supervisors, team leaders, professionals, departmental heads, directors, top management, and executives.

60 Minutes

365 Days