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

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

By Hanna Hasl-KelchnerPublisher: Smart Direction Press (div. of Business M.O., LLC)ISBN: 979-8-9900299-0-3Genre: Non-fiction - Business, Leadership Skills, Workplace CulturePrice: $22.87
Available from: Amazon

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.

Hanna Hasl-Kelchner empowers organizations to make more informed decisions by simplifying complex concepts into sensible, bite-size pieces that provide clarity and generate stronger management options. She accomplishes it as a business strategist through her writing, speaking, consulting, and popular Business Confidential Now podcast as the Founder and President of Business M.O., LLC.

A recognized business expert, her no-nonsense approach is grounded in hands-on business experience, growing up in an entrepreneurial family and running a business before age 30, together with decades as a practicing business attorney.

As a trusted advisor her international business and legal career have spanned government, private, and in-house practice. She’s worked with companies that were growing, shrinking, merging, winning, struggling, private, public, large, and small. Plus, she’s had the privilege of being on the faculty at two top ranked MBA programs: The Duke University Fuqua School of Management and the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.

Hanna is also the author of The Business Guide to Legal Literacy (Jossey-Bass, 2006), an Amazon bestseller and proudly serves as a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Business Ethics Education (2002 – present).

Other accolades include being recognized by Dun and Bradstreet as a Twitter #BizInfluencer in the Specialty Strategy category (before Twitter became X) and called “a lawyer you can love” by a Chicken Soup for the Soul co-author.

Her formal education includes an undergraduate degree from Duke University, an MBA from Cornell University, and a JD from the Rutgers University School of Law in Camden.


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 buy and 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. If you want your employees to bring their full commitment and best ideas to work, read Seeking Fairness at Work.

Rusty Gaillard, team performance and leadership excellence consultant, best-selling author of Breaking the Code

Hanna Hasl-Kelchner has written the definitive guide to infusing fairness into leadership and organizational practices. She’s masterfully woven together important concepts and models into an actionable and reality-based approach to creating a workplace that works. Seeking Fairness at Work is filled with concrete ways to dramatically elevate the employee experience—and business results. If you want to immediately make a positive impact on your team, read this book.

Julie Winkle Giulioni, award-winning author of Promotions Are SO Yesterday and co-author of Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go