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All You Need To Know About Your Fundamental Rights As An Employee

Equality creates an atmosphere of fairness and transparency within the organization. A safe working environment helps employees perform better

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Do you look forward to go back to work on a Monday morning? Do you genuinely like the people you work with day in and day out? And finally, does your work environment energize you or make you want to find an escape hatch? If so, you might want to sit back, take a deep breath and ask yourself a fundamental question, "Does your workplace have a happy environment?" While your pay package, role and the brand can make coming to work on a Monday morning a bit easier, they can't keep you motivated in the long-run.

Hence, it is very important that every employee is aware of his/her fundamental rights at a workplace, which keep him/her happy and motivated to perform better at work. These are so fundamental to an employee's well-being that they form the basis for employee motivation, engagement, and retention.

Check out these five important factors that are critical for a happy workplace environment:

1) Right To Equality
Equality is critical, as it creates an atmosphere of fairness and transparency within the organization. A safe working environment, free of biases and preconceived notions helps employees perform better. Ensure that the organization works towards creating awareness by regularly organizing forums, which resolve issues and clarify queries raised by employees.

2) Right To Freedom Of Speech
Freedom to express one's views, opinions and thoughts fosters a culture of openness, and leads to positive momentum at the workplace. It promotes a belief that the company is a listening and learning organization. It is the organization's ability to rally around not just some big idea, but paying attention to the simplest yet most effective solutions that occur to employees, as they are closer to the customer. Idea sharing platforms and innovation hubs at organizations help nurture ideas into workable projects, leading to greater success and recognition for the employees.

3) Right To Privacy
Individual privacy helps employees operate without fear of retribution. In today's marketplace, there are many practices that respect an individual's privacy at the workplace. Companies that are well-equipped to communicate, go a long way in ensuring that employees get an understanding of the way in which the organization intends to maintain privacy of individuals.

4) Right Against Exploitation
Company processes that take care of sexual harassment, along with redressal systems in place - that are unbiased and act on grievances in a timely manner - are well-liked and respected by their employees. With more women joining the workforce and occupying prominent positions, women should look for organizations that provide security services, such as a drop home after working hours.

5) Right To Form Associations
Organizations that address points 1, 2 and 3 at the workplace, help in building an organization that is vibrant, where employees are involved in further building values and feel appreciated. Leadership that connects and understands issues and challenges across various levels and takes appropriate action or remedial measures proactively, are organizations that help employees achieve their professional goals.

One should understand that a healthy workplace environment is essential for an employee's success. Not only do these above mentioned tips bring about a sense of security, but also make sure that peace and harmony is maintained in the personal lives of the individuals working for the organization.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house. Unless otherwise noted, the author is writing in his/her personal capacity. They are not intended and should not be thought to represent official ideas, attitudes, or policies of any agency or institution.

Subramanian Suryanarayanan

Subramanian Suryanarayanan is currently the Chief Human Resource Officer at Tata AIG General Insurance Co. Ltd. He brings with him an experience of over 20 years in the HR function across diverse industries. He joined Tata AIG in 2002 and since then has been instrumental in managing the HR functions of the company.

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