Trust, clarity in workplace good for firms in times of uncertainty

March 3rd, 2011 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): A new study has suggested that it is essential for companies to create an atmosphere of trust, clarity and openness in workplace to survive the economic strife.

Employers should engage more openly with their staff and drop the jargon to improve communication and allow feedback, according to D. Keith Denton of the Department of Management, at Missouri State University, in Springfield.

“Companies with high-trust levels give employees unvarnished information about company’s performance and explain the rationale behind management decisions. They are also unafraid of sharing bad news and admitting mistakes,” he said.

“However, companies must also take note of employee input for improving the work climate. Lack of good communication leads to distrust, dissatisfaction, cynicism and turnover,” he added.

A previous study had reported that communication between employees and senior management was among the top five most important indicators of job satisfaction.

Denton said the employers should be able to spot the signs.

“If there is a high level of engagement, the leader can expect that members of the group will express their feelings, concerns, opinions and thoughts more openly,” he said.

“Conversely, if trust is low, members are more likely to be evasive, competitive, devious, defensive or uncertain in their actions with one another,” he added.

Senior management must communicate directly with employees so that they understand business goals, policies and the company’s vision and, most importantly, the company’s status.

But, when communication breaks down, through conscious or subconscious misunderstandings disorganization ensues, a lack of clear goals becomes apparent and employee commitment wanes.

Denton suggested that though numerous effective channels like bulletin boards, intranets, newsletters and email are available, ‘face-to-face communication’ stands out above all others.

“One-on-one conversations and small group meetings take time, but are well worth the investment. It is the only place where true dialogue can and does occur,” he concluded.

The study appears in this month’s International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management. (ANI)

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