Workhuman Introduces Workhuman Certified

October 22, 2020 Jenna West

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Workhuman® CEO Eric Mosley introduced Workhuman® Certified during Workhuman® Live Online today, sharing a vision for and championing a new charter for workplaces where people have the right to be respected, seen, appreciated, and heard.

“Our mission is to bring people together and leverage the power of human connection in the workplace,” said Eric. “We work better when we are recognized, when we feel appreciated and connected to our colleagues, and feel part of something bigger than ourselves.

“Businesses are agile and results-driven, and people have more faith in their employers than they do in their governments. The workplace is one of the most powerful places to make real change. At Workhuman, we believe in the power of humanity as an ideal that can change not just the workplace, but the world.”

The Charter of Workplace Rights, core tenets of both enterprise and individual certification, includes:

  • I have the right to do meaningful work.
  • I have the right to be appreciated.
  • I have the right to work-life harmony.
  • I have the right to belong.
  • I have the right to grow.
  • I have the right to be paid fairly.
  • I have the right to privacy.
  • I have the right to feel safe and respected.
  • I have the right to work in a place that strives to protect the environment.

Eric said the concept for the Charter of Workplace Rights is the result of input from thousands of HR professionals and that this is indeed the next generation of certification for companies.

“That the world changes has always been inevitable, but how it will change – that falls to us,” said Workhuman CHRO Steve Pemberton. “Instead of waiting for things to go back to the way they were, why don’t we move forward and create something better together? Humanity has a role in the workplace. We can create a better world built around the fundamental rights for all of us. What’s next starts now. It’s time to Workhuman.”

“It’s not acceptable any longer to have bureaucratic organizations, unsafe work environments, where people wake up in the morning feeling like they hate their work,” said Workhuman SVP Client Strategy & Consulting Derek Irvine. “It’s not acceptable anymore, yet it happens.”

“If I’m a company and I don’t believe in being Workhuman Certified, what that tells me is that you don’t stand for equal pay, you don’t stand for diversity of thought, and diversity of people,”  said Workhuman VP Solutions Consulting Jennifer Reimert. “And I just don’t know how you can stand for that anymore. It’s 2020.”

Top Workplace Rights, According to Employees

In a recent survey, Workhuman found that 88% of employees want to work at a company with a clear policy on workplace rights.*

Companies spend millions of dollars on change management programs and technology to drive employee engagement. And yet, according to Gallup, employee engagement in the United States faced its most significant drop in 2020. Leaders and organizations are being held accountable unlike ever before to advocate for the voice and rights of their employees. Below are more data points from our recent survey of full-time workers.

  1. Employees care about pay equity. 

Employees said being paid fairly is most important when it comes to being satisfied and happy at work, but one-third (33.3%) of workers don’t feel they’re being paid fairly enough. Unfortunately, more than a quarter (27%) of employees do not believe their organization shows a commitment to closing the gender pay gap and 29% are not confident that the decisions being made about their pay are unbiased. More than 1 in 4 (28%) women said they do not believe they are paid the same as their male counterparts, and 1 in 10 (10%) BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or person of color) respondents do not believe they are paid the same as their non-BIPOC counterparts. 

  1. Employees care about work-life harmony.

While fair pay is an issue that organizations need to overcome, employees are also fighting for the right to work-life harmony. According to the survey, 67% of remote employees say they feel a better balance between work life and personal life than when they were in the office. However, 23% of men don’t believe they have a better work-life balance working remotely, and this sentiment is felt by 27% of women. 

  1. Employees care about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

The majority of employees feel their company cares about being diverse and inclusive, as well as gender equality (82% and 83%, respectively). While 70% of employees say their employer has taken meaningful and consequential steps to promote DEI in the last six months, that means 30% of organizations aren’t prioritizing DEI. On a positive note, a majority (84%) of employees believe women’s opinions and voices are valued with the same respect and consideration as their male counterparts. 

  1. Employees care about global issues.

Most employees feel their organization cares about employee rights, such as fair pay, privacy, and safety (80%), but less than a quarter (22%) of employees strongly agree their company’s leadership cares about pressing global issues (racial injustice, human rights, climate change, etc.). Out of the nine employee rights outlined in the Workhuman Charter of Workplace Rightsemployees ranked “the right to work in a place that strives to protect the environment” as the second most important (behind “the right to be paid fairly”). This is an issue that organizations should not take lightly, as more than 77% of employees would prefer to work for an organization that takes meaningful steps to protect the environment.

Progress is being made.

Results from this survey are clear: Employees expect their companies to take a stance on workplace rights. From pay equity to belonging and sustainability, there are concrete steps organizations can take today to future-proof their culture, keeping humanity and people top of mind. 

Workhuman Certified is a program designed to support, guide, and recognize companies and individuals in their commitment to shape the global future of work. For more information or to take the pledge to make work more human, please visit

*Methodology: The data reflected in this infographic is from a survey of 1,000 full-time employees (500 based in the U.S., 250 in Ireland, and 250 in the U.K.). The survey was conducted by Workhuman in September 2020 and facilitated by Pollfish.


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Jenna West

Jenna West is the global PR manager at Workhuman. When she’s not spreading the word about the power of recognition, Jenna is likely walking her bloodhound Stella or watching bad reality television.

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