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October 13, 2016 by
aliereadvisors
A hot-button issue as of late when it comes to the workforce is the movement towards transparency in the workplace. Whereas, historically, it may have been more common for leaders to keep the happenings of a company more “hush-hush”, it is now not uncommon for there to be an abundance of openness around organizational changes, policies and procedures, or big moves within a company among all employees. There are certainly a number of pros as well as cons to this idea, which we will share with you here.

The Pros of Transparency

There are a number of reasons to embrace transparency in the workplace as a common practice.

First, it can enable teams to be built quicker and have a stronger bond. When people feel that everything is out on the table, it allows them to feel mutual trust among their teammates.

A recent Forbes article notes that transparency inspires people to promote trust in their managers and leaders among others, as well as have full trust in them personally. That can help unify them and make it easier to work together. This prompts the growth of genuine relationships among teammates as well as a hearty sense of community.

An additional benefit of transparency in the workplace is that it allows for a quicker resolution of problems. When the culture of a business demands openness and honesty, people are bound to be more outright about issues and obstacles they are facing.

Opening up the lines of communication allows employees to receive the help they need quicker and more efficiently. This openness allows people to collaborate as needed and find creative and effective ways to combat issues that arise.

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The Cons of Transparency

While transparency in the workplace certainly has its benefits, there are also cons that need to be considered when determining just how open your culture will be. The first is that too much transparency can actually act as a distraction for your employees.

Allowing them to be privy to information that does not necessarily apply to them could just open up leaders and management to questions and conversations that are not particularly useful to the operations or success of the business.

Another potential con to an abundance of transparency is that it may cater to certain personality types while seeming intimidating or overbearing towards others. Employees whose personalities lean more towards structure and stability are more likely to dislike an extremely open culture, as they base their routines off of predictability and security. Oversharing and a constant stream of transparency could disrupt that, and in turn result in the loss of employees prone to those qualities.

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The Verdict on Openness

So what does all of this mean for your company? Well, there has to be a happy medium – and that balance will be different for each individual company. Our free competitive analysis can help you to decipher which PEO would best facilitate the level of transparency that is right for your company and employees, since it is a sensitive line.

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