In the workplace, transparency can be defined differently depending on a company’s policies or business practices. In most cases, transparency means a level of trust and open communication between an employee and an employer.
Some employers may consider information about business practices or future plans to be on a “need-to-know” basis. However, this attitude can create a divide among employees and employers that could break down communication and actually make employees less productive or motivated in the long run.
For employers wondering why transparency is important to employees, keep reading.
Employers who do not allow employees to know what is going on behind closed doors create an environment of distrust and gossip. By being transparent and allowing employees to know what big-picture topics are being discussed, employers show that they respect their employees. Most employees want to be valued and trusted, and having a level of transparency surrounding their communication with their bosses will help them know that that’s the case.
If employees know what is going on at the highest level of the workplace, they will be more likely to go all in on the efforts they make at work. An employee who is in a transparent work environment will be able to feel that he or she is a valuable member of the team, and will be more likely to collaborate with others and work to achieve results. Employees who feel that they are part of a team contribute more.
Perhaps the most valuable reason to consider embracing a more transparent workplace is the possibility of less employee turnover. Studies have shown that employees are really quitting their bosses more often than their actual jobs. Employees are more likely to trust a boss who maintains transparency in the workplace, meaning that they will likely stay in the role longer.
Considering how many resources can be saved by retaining one employee instead of going through a hiring and training process for a replacement, every employer may want to consider establishing a transparent workplace. Employees will notice, and will likely stay with the company longer as a result.
Whether employees value transparency because it makes them feel like valued and contributing members of the team, or because it means they have a higher level of trust for their bosses, there’s no denying that transparency in the workplace can only benefit both employers and employees.