The need to know everything
Han Kar Kay | 21 Apr 2017 00:00
Companies should be more open with employees.

Transparency is not only feared in government administration, it is also not favoured at the workplace.

Great strides have been made in technological advancements and access to information in the past decade and this has led to widening demand for greater transparency. However, few realise the true implications of such openness.

To fully achieve transparency at the workplace, two elements are essential – open communication and honesty.

Full transparency at the workplace requires regular feedback between the management and the rank and file as well as the courage to admit and take full responsibility when something goes wrong, says Teik LC, general manager at a human resource management consulting and software firm.

But while everyone agrees that transparency at the workplace is the way to go in the future and many businesses even claim that they practise it, the reality is that most employees remain sceptical that their organisations are open when dealing with them.

According to a 2014 report released by the American Psychological Association, up to 25% of 1,500 US workers surveyed don’t trust their employer, while only half of the respondents truly believe their employer is upfront with them.

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