Just this morning I had a chat in the office kitchen about transparency, and how wasteful it is to invest energy for maintaining two or more realities. That, among others, is the reason I am keeping things very transparent to my team at Sitrion. I even wrote about the power of transparency.
But there is another level that comes with lack of transparency: stress. Not just for the manager but even more so for the employee. Good communication has a lot in common with a healthy life style, we all know it, we all like it but we often fail at it.
While I am not a medical expert, I know firsthand that communication has role in my team’s health. We’ve experienced two waves of organizational changes in the last three years. During the first one, I failed to communicate properly, and many people suffered; some left the company. At the second, I was brutally honest and upfront about the situation. Some people still opted out, but at least everyone understood the context, which I believe helped mitigate the stress as a result.
Knowing too much can also be stress, but not knowing enough is a real issue. I recently published about the ills of ineffective internal communication. Especially when employees wonder what is going on in an organization, like when take-over rumors spread or somebody is asked to leave the company. Anytime lack of communication leaves somebody worried and unhealthy thoughts creep in, stress rises and people could get sick.
We all know that healthy people are more productive than those who are not. We should always keep in mind that our communication is for real people with real feelings. I know this is a sensitive topic for many of you but employee well-being is vital to any business. It’s a complex matter, but we can all start with the basics of good communication.
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How Effective Communication Can Improve Your Team’s Health
SmartBlog on Leadership - by Daniel Kraft – April 8, 2016