Let’s face it. Not every day is a good day in today’s typical workplace. The demand on businesses to produce more in less time with better results has long been a topic of discussion around company water coolers, and a solid bone of contention between employers and employees.
When stress abounds, it can be easy to complain and place blame instead of coming together as a team to find workable solutions and smoothly implement them.
How Transparency Benefits Leaders
Leaders cannot afford to overlook the benefits of transparency in the workplace. By recognizing and owning your own weaknesses and strengths, you encourage others to do the same. As members of your team begin to reveal themselves, you’ll be able to identify traits and skills that may have been overlooked or underutilized in the past.
Realize the importance of getting to know each employee and the value of building solid workplace relationships so that you can know:
- Who you are dealing with
- What that person brings to the table
- How to best approach the person and the situation
While some coworkers can be easier to get to know than others, transparency in the workplace can (and should) be encouraged and developed. Business owners, executives, and managers who practice transparency are usually effective in creating an environment where others are comfortable in doing the same.
What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do
One way to practice transparency is to admit that you don’t always have the answer. Rather than a sign of weakness, your strength of character shows when you’re willing to be honest with team members.
Ben McClure, a contributor to Investopedia.com, puts it this way: “Transparency Is Assurance”.
Effective teamwork occurs when members have the assurance that they can trust one another – including those in leadership. After all, no one likes a “know-it-all” but we all appreciate someone who is able to admit when he or she is unsure about the next step, or wrong about a decision made.
Sure, there will be days when you don’t quite know which direction to go. But the wonderful thing about fostering transparency in the workplace is that someone else on your team just might – and they will have the assurance needed to offer you their input!
Three Benefits of Transparency in the Workplace
- Transparency provides opportunities for personal growth.
- Transparency increases assurance, boosts corporate confidence levels.
- Transparency encourages problem-solving. Problems solved are no longer problems.
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