A transparent workplace builds trust between management and their staff on the ground. Trust is critical between employers and employees and vice versa. If your workforce feels like they can’t trust their managers, it creates a cultural ripple that could eventually ignite and cause the workforce to lose productivity and ultimately find new places to spend their time. It is in this way that transparency helps with employee retention. Here are five reasons why you should work on creating a more transparent environment for your staff.
Transparency is good for relationship building.
We all know that employees leave their jobs because they don’t have a good relationship with their managers. It’s a common phenomenon in the American workplace. Better relationships are formed between managers and staff when there’s open communication between managers and managers. Creating transparency means that managers have an open attitude toward the ideas of their staff. Senior managers engage with lower-level staffers as people, not just FTEs.
Transparency increases productivity.
When you feel good about the job, you’re naturally more productive. You want to come to work because your job does more than gives you a paycheck, it’s a good environment to be in. If you’re spending time feeling distrustful of your manager or senior leadership, you’re too busy watching your back to get as much accomplished. There’s more drama distracting from the work at hand. Teams may spend more time gossiping about decisions made at the upper management level than they do getting the job done. Transparency opens the door to less drama, more work, and a better overall vibe in the office.
Transparency improves creativity.
Innovation needs an open environment to thrive. Creativity cannot exist when workers feel shut down. Transparency opens the door to a free flow of ideas back up and down the corporate organizational chart. Solutions and ideas flow naturally because employees don’t feel micro-managed but instead trusted by their manager to make things happen.
Transparency builds trust.
There is a feeling of “we are in this together” in a transparent organization. Teams rely on each other more. Management solves problems with their teams and makes decisions with their input. This builds trust across the organization. Instead of top-down decision-making that can leave employees wondering, “Why are they doing this?” transparency in an organization means that teams understand the mission, the margin, and what goals they’re trying to accomplish.
Transparency increases the bottom line.
It’s this simple: Better productivity means a better bottom line. When workers engage in the organization’s success, the chances are greater than the company really will be successful. Far too often, we see top-down management styles that don’t trust their employees with big decisions. Micromanagers squash innovation, which keeps good ideas in a box because workers are too afraid to stick out their necks with an idea. That means revenues will never reach their full potential because the employees themselves are not reaching their full potential.
If you’re in a work environment where you’re struggling, it may be time to talk to IES. We work with top employers to find them the best job candidates. We also work on behalf of the job seeker to help them find the right environment to excel. If you’re looking for the right career fit, don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can help.