“Transparency” is perhaps one of the more popular buzzwords when it comes to talking about workplace practices. It really is a simple and alluring concept. Employees from different departments and geographical locations are able to work together on projects, share information, and break down silos. Companies that implement transparent working techniques make great strides in increasing collaboration and cooperation across the business. After all, talking and sharing more with colleagues can spark valuable insights.
It sounds so great that it’s hard to argue why all businesses wouldn’t want to be more transparent.
In practice, however, transparency can come with a number of challenges. While transparency is intended to facilitate quicker, easier interactions between colleagues, it can also bring an increased potential for interruptions, as employees quickly become overwhelmed by a wealth of new information. More collaboration inevitably leads to more multitasking, which not only reduces the quality of work but also drags it out.
However, this is only true if collaboration is not handled well. More collaboration in business is great, as long as it’s done well. There are many practices for purposeful collaboration that can actually deliver on all the benefits that transparency promises.
Join our webinar – Solving the Challenges of Work Overload – How Structured Collaboration Can End the Chaos on Thursday, December 8th to learn how you can best organize information sharing and avoid overloading employees with work. Myself and Alan Lepofsky, VP and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research will share some best practices for purposeful collaboration and give you a glimpse into the future of collaborative work and social task management.