Yesterday, we gave you 4 reasons why you should have a transparent work environment. As we mentioned, whether through enhancing your company culture, building up trust, or preventing any big disruptions, a transparent work environment can do wonders for your company’s productivity and creativity.
If you’re looking to go that route, then take a look below at a few ways to help you on the road towards a more transparent work environment:
Transparency should start from the top.
As always, when implementing a sweeping change like trying to create a transparent work environment, the leadership needs to make the first move.
We talk about this a lot, but as a leader, it’s important to set a good example for the rest of your team. Whether you are the CEO and your team is the whole organization, or you are a team manager and your team is a staff of 10, you need to show them some initiative if you want these changes to get up off the ground.
Start instilling a transparent culture early on.
If you want transparency to stick with your employees then you should start instilling it early on–we’re talking about as soon as a passive candidate clicks on your website. Be up front with everyone who crosses paths with you company.
Not only will this help gain likeminded individuals who value transparency–it will also help foster a sense of transparency in those who aren’t familiar with this type of work ethic.
Level the playing field.
One very important way to create a transparent work environment is by making sure that everyone feels like they have some sort of ownership of the company. That means that everyone is held accountable for their actions and that their opinions, actions, and values all contribute to the company and its core values/mission.
Be open to criticism.
If you expect to have a transparent work environment that cultivates trust and honesty, then you need to take all opinions into consideration. That means taking in the good and the bad. Seeing these opinions can do a lot to help you gauge how your company operates, and what can be improved.
Transitioning into a transparent work environment can be difficult, especially if your company has really valued its secrecy in the past. But by sticking with it and following these simple tips, you’ll be seeing results in no time.