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Transparency In The Workplace- 5 Ways It Could Change Your Company For The Better

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

Most of us have experienced the fleeting feeling of elation that overcomes us once we've landed that elusive job we'd been applying for, and rightfully so, right? Weeks and sometimes months of interview preparation, countless applications, dozens of zoom interviews and constant denials that lead to finally landing a position with a fancy job title and a seemingly great culture that drives our expectations through the roof. Unfortunately, these feelings are oftentimes premature, and can land us in an environment more toxic than we can handle. A huge proponent of this is job transparency (and/or lack thereof), employers and employees do a great disservice to one another when it is not prioritized in the workplace. Here are some things to look out for, as well as how this dynamic can affect job culture, employee retention, employee performance, and company worth.

What Does It Mean To Have Transparency In The Workplace?

Transparency in the workplace is the measure of how much access employees have to information that can help them succeed at their job; e.g. proper training or mentorship, ease of communication, workplace agency (just to name a few), but because of the innate workplace hierarchy which is set to protect certain levels of often gets disregarded. In essence, what we are here to address is a certain level of consideration for sub management-level employees, so that those who are responsible for the brunt of the productivity are able to optimize their efforts and adapt to changes with time and grace.

Not All Jobs Are Created Equal

Some jobs are inherently less transparent than others. It's helpful to know that if you're heading into a position in sales where commissions are high and its largely performance based, you're going to feel like you're playing with a blindfold on for the first couple of months. It's just the nature of the beast. So don't expect your new coworkers to hand you the recipe for success on your second day, that formula is more elusive than the famous crabby patty recipe. Especially if people are making "F*** You money" (bosses too), you're only going to get the information you need to be able to hit quota. Corporate environments are similar, there are too many employees making entirely too much money for you to expect to be coddled.

What Prioritizing Transparency Can Lead To..

There are many benefits to implementing transparency in the workplace. Here are five of the most important benefits:

1. Improved communication: When information is shared openly and transparently, it can improve communication among employees and between employees and management.

2. Greater trust: Transparency can help to build trust between employees and management.

3. Increased motivation: When employees feel that they are able to see the impact of their work, they may be more motivated to do their best.

4. Improved decision-making: Transparency can help to ensure that decisions are made based on the best available information.

5. Greater accountability: When information is shared openly, it can help to make sure that everyone is held accountable for their actions. Transparency in the workplace has a number of benefits for both employers and employees. When employers are transparent with their employees, it builds trust and creates a more positive work environment. Employees feel appreciated and valued when they are kept in the loop and are able to see how their work contributes to the company's success.

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