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Seeking Fairness at WorkAuthor: 

Hanna Hasl-Kelchner

Book Title:

Seeking Fairness at Work: Cracking the New Code of Greater Employee Engagement, Retention & Satisfaction

Publishing Information: 

Smart Direction Press (div. of Business M.O., LLC), 2024

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Seeking Fairness at Work examines the unwritten rules at work—rules that, when broken, keep employees from doing their best work and companies from reaching their full potential.

It’s well known that high engagement is essential to greater productivity, profit growth, customer loyalty, and employee retention. What’s less understood is the crucial role the implied social contract plays in this process and how it relates to the five most common workplace norms that betray fairness, leaving employees feeling dispirited, disengaged, and headed for the door.

Using evidence-based science, academic research, interviews, and real-life stories, business strategist and host of the Business Confidential Now podcast, Hanna Hasl-Kelchner, analyzes why traditional means of improving employee engagement, retention and satisfaction inevitably fall short.

Discover solutions aimed at neutralizing toxic norms and empowering a culture where employees can do their best work. The book offers a five-part strategy filled with practical tips any leader can use to:

• Rebuild Trust with More Self-Awareness

• Improve Relationship Chemistry with More Empathy

• Make Genuine Accountability a Cornerstone

• Maintain a Cultural Safety Net

• Mend the Structural Safety Net

Seeking Fairness at Work is ideal for executives, managers, and entrepreneurs who want to raise their employees’ game instead of their defenses; the human resource professionals, consultants, and employment attorneys who advise them; and employees wanting a reality check of their own workplace experiences.

Author Bio: 

Hanna Hasl-Kelchner gives business leaders clarity by simplifying complex concepts into sensible, bite size pieces to generate stronger management options and open the door to better decision-making. She is an accomplished business strategist, author, speaker, host of the Business Confidential Now podcast, plus Founder and President of Business M.O., LLC. For more information visit

Book Testimonials: 

“Treating people with fairness and respect at work is the very cornerstone of a positive employee experience. Hanna Hasl-Kelchner doesn’t just explain it in Seeking Fairness at Work, she provides a common-sense framework for doing so, one based on solid research. People managers at all levels should read this book.” —Barbara Mitchell & Cornelia Gamlem, authors of The Big Book of HR

“A must-read for senior leaders. Hasl-Kelchner deconstructs the social contract that drives employee engagement and excellence, identifies common pitfalls, and provides a 5-step strategy for building fairness and trust at work. It’s like she reads your mind by articulating the concerns you might have about following the steps, then without invalidating that point of view, she manages to shift your perspective. Hasl-Kelchner is a master at the human relationships that are the foundation of any workplace.” —Rusty Gaillard, team performance & leadership excellence consultant, best-selling author of Breaking the Code

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