Through the Unknown, Comes Transparency

In our September 17, 2015 blog post, we posed the question of “Is It Possible to Embrace Change?” We shared that Jason Clarke, the founder of Minds at Work in Australia, gave a great Tedx talk and explained how we can embrace change in the workplace, even when there may be resistance to it.

This week, we received an email from Vice Chancellor Harry Le Grande about the budget process for our division, including details about how we are awaiting our specific budget targets and guidelines for how we budget our funds.

Naturally, there may be feelings of uncertainty among ALL staff members at this time. Many of us may have unanswered questions; however, at this time, there are not yet answers to all of the questions. This is when communicating with transparency can help in the process of change and uncertainty.

Transparency is critical to staff engagement and trust. Being willing to share openly and authentically–even the difficult or limited information–demonstrates to staff that the team trusts one another, input is valued, and all staff are viewed as true strategic partners in driving the success of the Division forward. As Harry said, “Your creative thinking, resourcefulness, and resiliency has led us to be seen as leaders not just here on campus but across our industry. If we can apply that same talent and skill to the challenges before us, I know we’ll be well served.”

Transparency can also pave the way for greater effectiveness as a team. Forbes lists five powerful things that happen when a leader is transparent:

  • Problems are solved faster because the team knows the true variables you’re trying to solve for.
  • Teams are built more easily because employees can more openly share their perspectives, allowing supervisors to better match employees to the right assignments, teams, and opportunities.
  • Relationships grow authentically because colleagues share their true selves and are open with each other, helping to avoid misunderstandings and unproductive conflicts.
  • People begin to promote trust in their leader. They not only trust the leader more themselves, they’re more likely to push others toward trust and generosity of spirit toward that leader.
  • Higher levels of performance emerge because of all of the above.

For further information, please attend the February 12th, 2016 SA Roundtable that will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Unit 1 All Purpose Room.

To learn more on the importance of transparency and addressing change in the workplace, check out these articles:

4 Reasons You Need to Embrace Transparency in the Workplace

Jason Clarke’s Ted Talk on “Embracing Change”

10 Tips for Handling Change in the Workplace

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