Why is it that companies are so reluctant to communicate to their employees? Undoubtedly there are many good reasons to have company secrets. Publishing pay rates is never a good idea. Disclosures during merger talks or prior to buying property can backfire. Legal matters must often be confidential on a need to know basis. But that does not excuse the larger reluctance to broadly communicate to employees.
There is a direct relationship to the ratio of shareable information that is openly shared to the trust employees have in the leader and their company. The more sharing the more the workplace will experience a healthy workplace culture.
Good news, bad news, sales figures, individual employee accomplishments, departmental accomplishments, company awards, large sales orders and contract awards are just some of the items that employees will learn about at some point in time so why not let them hear it directly from their leader as soon as possible?
Communication goes two ways. Healthy workplace cultures also provide ways for employees to communicate to their leadership. They should be free to communicate their challenges and successes openly in a spirit of teamwork. They also need to be able to share problems without fear of retribution.
Do not underestimate the extent to which open and honest communication will impact the healthy workplace culture of any organization or leader.
© Max Impact, used with permission.
Complimentary resources about cultures
- What makes up the contents one’s character? More than 20 different categories of culture are available on Cultural bridges website.
- Marketing mistakes are often humorous. Cultural faux pas is a webpage with a group of marketing mistakes made by others.
- Increase your cultural awareness with a series of culture quizzes test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Recommended books about workplace cultures
- True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results
- The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why It Matters
- Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results
- “Life’s Leadership Lessons”: 53 anecdotal leadership lessons ideal for building leadership during staff meetings. Paperback, Kindle, Apple or Nook.