Corporate transparency is a hot topic right now, but there’s still a long way to go. A December 2016 Betterworks survey of 1,000 employees found that 64 percent of respondents continued to feel that their company’s leadership wasn’t transparent in communicating top goals. So, what are business leaders doing wrong?
By seeing how others have missed the mark, other leaders can be on the lookout for similar problems in their own companies.
Here are some mistakes workplace and HR experts have reported seeing firsthand when it comes to transparent leadership:
1. Believing in the ‘that’s-above-your-pay-grade’ mentality
Many leaders decide to keep things from their employees because they believe certain information is “need-to-know.” Information about how the company is performing or why decisions are made are deemed topics employees either aren’t interested in or have no right to know.
However, leaving employees in the dark breeds distrust. “Employees start to ask ‘What is leadership hiding?’” Carl Seidman, a Chicago-based executive coach and consultant,…