Openness and transparency at the workplace play an important role in the operational effectiveness and business growth of organizations. Employee recognition is a powerful tool that organizations can look towards to create a culture of openness and transparency through employee recognition.
In a survey conducted by TinyPulse, the culture of openness emerged as the top factor for employee happiness.
A culture of transparency and openness helps to build trust and commitment among employees.
Here are the key benefits of creating such a culture:
An open and transparent culture builds trust among employees which results in a more positive and productive work environment.
In such a culture, employees are likely to collaborate better with one another with fewer issues of distrust and miscommunication.
Such a culture is likely to drive employee engagement and happiness, which in turn can reduce the turnover rate.
Openness and transparency encourage better communication between employees and management, leading to a better understanding of business goals
Openness and transparency make employees feel more empowered and are more likely to share needed ideas and suggestions.
A well-developed employee recognition program can help organizations build a great culture of transparency and openness.
This is how it can work:
1. Timely Recognition by Managers
2. Peer-to-Peer Recognition
3. Teams Awards for Collective Achievements
4. Clear and Well-defined Recognition Policy
5. Digital Platform for Recognition
Recognition of employees by their managers and supervisors provides regular and positive feedback to them for their good performance and achievements.
This can be an effective way to create an atmosphere of openness and transparency where good work is recognized promptly.
Appreciation by peers and social recognition help develop a culture of recognition in the organization, where employees genuinely celebrate each other’s success.
This results in greater openness and transparency and dissolves professional rivalries and unhealthy competition.
Recognizing the collective achievements of a group of employees in the form of team awards encourages greater information sharing and collaboration with the team.
Teams are likely to more open and transparent with each other once they realize that they are likely to create a great impact and get rewarded if they work in tandem.
Having a well-defined and documented policy for employee rewards and recognition with clear eligibility criteria and guidelines ensures fairness and credibility of the entire system.
Employees are assured that they get an equal and fair chance of being recognized for their efforts and their contribution to business growth.
The use of a digital platform for employee recognition and integration with other internal platforms like Teams or Slack ensures transparency, fairness, and authenticity of the rewards system.
Employees have complete visibility to the list of award winners and their achievements.
This promotes an increased level of transparency and openness in the organizations, as other employees feel motivated to emulate the award winners as they perceive the system to be credible and genuine.
Organizations can build a culture of openness and transparency through employee recognition, which can in turn lead to higher productivity, innovation, and business growth.
Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. In the past, Sagar has worked with companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn
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