Fair Work Convention

Fair Work Convention Scotland, Effective Voice

Effective Voice

Effective voice is much more than just having a channel of communication available within organisations - though this is important.

Effective voice requires a safe environment where dialogue and challenge are dealt with constructively and where employee views are sought out, listened to and can make a difference.

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Fair Work Convention Scotland, Opportunity


It is a reasonable aspiration to want work that is fair - and for fair work to be available to everyone. Fair opportunity allows people to access and progress in work and employment and is a crucial dimension of fair work

Meeting legal obligations in terms of ensuring equal access to work and equal opportunities in work sets a minimum floor for fair work.

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Fair Work Convention Scotland, Security


Security of employment, work and income are important foundations of a successful life.

Predictability of working time is often a component of secure working arrangements.

While no one has complete security and stability of employment, income and work, security is an important aspect of fair work.

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Fair Work Convention Scotland, Fulfilment


For many people, work is a fulfilling part of their life. For others, work tasks, working conditions and the work environment make work unfulfilling.

Access to work that is as fulfilling as it is capable of being is an important aspiration of the Fair Work agenda. People have different views of what type of work is fulfilling for them.

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Fair Work Convention Scotland, Respect


Fair work is work in which people are respected and treated respectfully, whatever their role and status.

Respect involves recognising others as dignified human beings and recognising their standing and personal worth.

At its most basic, respect involves ensuring the health, safety and well-being of others.

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Useful information

Innovating Works...improving work and workplaces

The Innovating Works...initiative is built on the idea of extreme collaboration. It is an industry-facing workplace innovation consortium made up of researchers at the University of Strathclyde Business School and based in the Scottish Centre for Employment Research. It brings together the experience and expertise of industry leaders, policy makers and researchers to support 'what works' in workplace innovation that delivers value to all stakeholders. Innovation in the workplace can improve fairness and the quality of working life, career development, work-life balance and effective voice. Workplace innovation can contribute to business outcomes, such as productivity, cost reduction, competitiveness and new product and process creation.

More innovative workplaces offering high quality work can support national economic performance, contributing to healthy and fulfilling working lives and improve participation in communities and society. Innovating Works... is currently engaged in research on Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work, focusing on understanding and supporting 'what works' for delivering fair and innovative work in Scotland. Innovating Works... has a free online tool for businesses and organisations to assess the extent to which their practice supports fair, innovative and transformative work. To access this tool for your own organisation's use, email Innovating Works...

Visit the Innovating Works website for more information.


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