Core values are traits or qualities you consider not just worthwhile, they represent an individual’s or an organization’s highest priorities, deeply held beliefs, and core fundamental driving forces. They are the heart of what your organization and its employees stand for in the world.
Many companies have a set of core values to consult when decisions need to be made. This ensures that decisions are aligned with their core values. Transparency is one of the four values adopted by Ripple Effect Leadership because transparency builds trust when developing relationships with clients and teams. Working with Ripple Effect Leadership, you will know and understand the goals, direction, decisions, successes and challenges your team may experience.
Transparency can mean different things for different companies. At its core, however, it consists of how we communicate information to each other internally as well as to external stakeholders who have an interest in the company’s performance. Ultimately, transparency can – and should – be practiced by every member of an organization. Working with Ripple Effect Leadership means focusing on creating and fostering a collaborative environment where everyone is a valuable contributor regardless of title.
Here are three examples of how to create a culture of transparency:
- Hire people aligned with your company’s mission and values
Early in the interview process, have some dialogue around the mission and values of your organization and how the candidate aligns with your company philosophy. Building a team aligned with the organizational values is a great foundation to build a culture of transparency and collaboration and you will see it positively ripple through to your external stakeholders.
- Create clear communication channels
Be authentic and straightforward; I also like to call this “straight talk.” Ensure that all team members in your organization know where to find information when needed. Sharing little and big, positive or negative announcements with employees across all departments helps to build trust across the board.
- Build a team of engaged employees
A culture that values transparency in the workplace breeds engaged employees. Building and maintaining a supportive healthy workplace environment enhances and sustains engaged employees.
By living and breathing the essence of your company mission and engaging employees through your organization’s values, employees will naturally align. Sometimes transparency is difficult, yet being open with each other will help to create a supportive culture. The answer to greater transparency may lie in your core values.
What are some results you have experienced from workplace transparency?