Why is Transparency in the Workplace Important?
Transparency in the workplace has been debated among leaders for decades. Some say transparency is essential to fostering a culture of trust. Others say transparency in the workplace creates unnecessary headaches.
How Transparency in the Workplace Impacts Behavior
When there’s no place to hide and you know others are watching, you are likely to behave the way you should. The only time many are likely to act in a shameful way is when they think they can get away with it.
This is not just about a little kid raiding the cookie jar or a teenager sneaking out after curfew. This is about the way so-called adults behave as well.
What Workplace Transparency Can Learn From Police Body Cameras
Consider a hot topic in the news recently…the idea of having all law enforcement officers wear body cameras on the beat.
People Want More Workplace Transparency
Ever since Ferguson and other recent killings of unarmed black men by white officers, there has been a huge outcry for these cameras…to protect both police and citizens in these confrontations. There is no doubt that the transparency these cameras afford has an impact on behavior. The Oakland police chief commented that “it’s not just the police that are behaving better when they know the camera is on, but people interacting with us know we’re filming, so they behave better too.”
Why Not Apply These Workplace Transparency Lessons to Companies?
If you truly want to drive behavior or culture change in your organization, consider how powerful an impact accountability and transparency could have. We don’t recommend body cameras, but we do recommend a way of tracking, making public, and rewarding the behaviors you want to embed in the company.
We also recommend having clear, fair and consistent consequences for employees who do not meet performance or culture standards.
The Bottom Line
Only with the cultural drivers of accountability and transparency can you hope to achieve the major shifts required to execute your new strategies.
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