Reflection Memo - Equity In The Workplace

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In Chapter 4 Values, Attitudes, and Work Behaviour we are introduced to the Equity Theory. This Theory states that the inputs that people perceive themselves as investing in a job and the outcomes that the job provides are compared against the inputs and outcomes of some other relevant person or group. I have worked at Metro Grocery Store as a cashier since I was 15, I’ve seen a lot of employees and managers come and go, and have received raises and promotions in my time there. Over the years I have worked my way up from being a cashier, to being a customer service representative, to now being a front end supervisor all the while acquiring new skills and experience. However, and this is where the Equity Theory comes into play; my hard work (input) is not reflected in my pay (outcome), this is especially true when I compare myself to my co-worker Kelly. Kelly started at Metro one year after I did, she began as a cashier, then a customer service representative and was then asked to become a front end supervisor just as I was, however; Kelly was given a larger raise then I when she became supervisor. When I first heard how much she was making per hour I was very upset, it seemed incredibly unfair that she be paid more for doing the same work. I became more and more dissatisfied the longer I thought about it and it was beginning to make me not want to work for the company anymore. I kept asking myself, how could someone who had been with the company less time and had less seniority then I get paid more than me? The distributive fairness (justice) was out of balance my inputs and outcomes did not equal Kelly’s inputs and outcomes which in turn was the leading cause to my dissatisfaction. I began talking to some of my other co-workers to get their opinion on the situation and as to whether or not my claim of unfairness was just or not, upon further discussion with my

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