5 Resources for a More Transparent Company Culture


Are you meeting the needs of your knowledge workers? With a growing economy of knowledge workers, it is crucial for companies to start operating with more transparency.

A transparent company culture means that honest and open communication is continually appreciated, valued, and encouraged.

It can be a very challenging initiative because it requires everyone’s participation, but results like faster problem solving and decision making will create a lasting competitive advantage. And what company doesn’t want that?



1. Forbes – How Transparent Is Too Transparent In Business

Some companies are going above and beyond to maintain operational transparency.

The mobile payment company Square will email meeting notes and 200+ page reports from executive board meetings to the entire company.

And, Buffer goes even further than Square to maintain transparency, by tracking their employees’ physical activity and sleep patterns.

Newer companies especially, are implementing more than just open office floor plans to reach superior workplace transparency.



2. The Globe and Mail – The Holy Grail of Workplace Motivation: Autonomy and Transparency

This article explains how a combination of autonomy and transparency can effectively drive employee motivation.

People want the freedom to get their job done however they chose without micromanagement or strict rules. And, people want to feel trusted by leadership so they can clearly understand how their job affects the company’s bottom line.

The overall point is that employees are the most motivated when they are treated like adults. When they are given control over their professional life and they feel empowered by leadership.



3. Talent Culture – How Transparency Positively Impacts Your Workplace

Talent Culture shares some ideas for how to create more transparency.

They suggest sharing more information. “[G]reater information about the way the company is running and what its goals are can empower employees to do their jobs better, and this capability leads to better products, higher-quality service and engaged workers.”

Welcome employee ideas and feedback by collecting surveys and share the results with everyone. This will make people feel more included in the entire feedback gathering process.



4. Fast Company – Why Your Office Needs More Transparency 

This Fast Company article contains a fun and detailed infographic, which is designed as a roadmap to help you reach greater company transparency.

It is loaded with interesting statistics, like: “14% of companies have workers who understand company strategy, goals, and direction” and “60% of employees say they don’t get enough feedback from upper management on their work”.


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5. Software Advice – Job Seekers Want an Honest Company Culture

According to a study by Software Advice, a resource for HR technology, most job seekers prefer a company culture which is described as honest and transparent. One-third of the candidates from their study chose transparency over cultural attributes like casual, friendly, family-oriented, and even fun.