Business Guidance

Transparency is KEY for Employee Engagement

Transparency is one of those buzzwords you constantly hear in regards to the workplace, but does your company really have a transparency culture? Does the leadership walk the walk or is it just talk?

Transparency is a particularly hot topic right now because of the changes in society and the trends in human behavior. Transparency = real people, real leaders and real companies (ones we want to work for and do business with).

A lack of transparency in the workplace can have many negative effects including employees who don’t trust their employer and disgruntled workers who continuously question the company’s decisions. When companies do not share information, employees often jump to negative assumptions creating rumors that can hurt the company’s reputation and employee relations. Without transparency it is very difficult to build trust between employees and management.

This is why more and more companies have found that fostering transparency leadership is the key to improving their culture. Employees who feel they are being kept in the loop with daily workplace news and information are more likely to trust their leadership. This has been proven to result in higher employee production, morale, happiness, and it can also decrease employee turnover.

Transparency leadership and culture begin at the top with management and a focus on open communication and accountability. Developing a transparency culture establishes honesty, credibility, open communication and collaboration within the team.

Here are ten tips for managing transparency in your workplace:

  1. Start by being transparent with your team
  2. Treat your employees like adults
  3. Align your team with your vision and goals
  4. Know when to keep something to yourself
  5. Empower employees to make decisions and take ownership
  6. Encourage open communication between teams and management
  7. Hire the right people – employees who are honest
  8. Give kudos to employees when due
  9. Own up to your mistakes
  10. Proactively share bad news

While transparency is great for any company, management still must be careful to not openly discuss topics that would cause a negative workplace morale. In some instances, too much transparency could cause unnecessary alarm and even panic.

Transparency in the workplace is not an easy undertaking, but in today’s world it is necessary. Companies that proactively make the change have the potential to make a dramatic impact not only on their employees, but also on their clients and the bottom line. Does your business need assistance with implementing transparency leadership or other HR challenges? To learn more about how Univest HR Consulting can help, please feel free to contact me at (267) 646-4467 or

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