Transparency: Increase Employee Loyalty During Covid-19 and Beyond

One of the timeless leadership behaviors is transparency and it’s an action that can gain you both customers and high performing employees.

Given how the world of work has shifted in the past month, leaders and companies will need to up their transparency to build trust and increase performance.

3 Practices for Transparency

There are many companies practicing transparency externally: Patagonia is open about their supply chain and Southwest Airlines flipped the script with fare transparency, or “transfarency.” But, compared to the amount of companies being transparent with their customers, there are few companies practicing internal transparency with their employees.

Like many of my clients, you may be asking yourself, “How?!”  Here are three ways companies can leverage this time of change to practice transparency with their employees:

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Anxiety at Work: COVID and Beyond

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With all the chaos and recent changes influencing our lives, organizations and teams are experiencing unprecedented challenges to their efficiency, synergy, and overall well-being. There are so many things currently out of our control.  This can make existing anxiety worse or cause new anxiety to surface. Anxiety at work is a real possibility.

How can you take ownership of your mental health and ensure your work remains productive and successful? How can you manage your anxiety in this scary time?

It can be a lot, I know. We’ve got you. I sat down in a recent episode of the Build High Performing Teams Podcast to talk with Richie Burke. He’s a business owner, podcast host and like me, has anxiety. These are the highlights from our time together.

Leveraging these four strategies can help you minimize anxiety and maximize your impact during times of change. We’ve linked to some great resources for each of the strategies and if you want more, click...

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Is Your Fear Fake?

I heard a cool acronym for “fear” recently and I love and hate it at the same time.  

False

Evidence

Appearing

Real

Fear can be exaggerated, sure.  But I don’t want you to dismiss its messages, as we always have something to learn.  By listening and shifting, we can begin to reclaim our voice, leverage our power and make an impact!

The Skinny On Fear

Fear is a daily occurrence for us.  On a large scale, if we’re in unhealthy relationships or environments.  But micro-occurrences can also cause us to react from a place of fear in the moment.   What irks me about all this is that it alters how we feel, quiets our strength and voice, and ultimately affects the impact we have on our career and life.   

That state of fight, flight or freeze is real.  It’s what our ancestors had to do when they were on constant alert of being eaten by a tiger.  It’s highly unlikely that we’ll be involved in a...

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Reclaim Your Voice at Work

Companies are diligent about sharing their values, big goals and often even the rules of engagement.  These are typically pretty straightforward. What can be confusing are the unspoken rules at work. The underlying messages that exist, but aren’t shared, can jam us up in both our work and in our work relationships.

Over time, we tire of the confusion and we get discouraged.  We stop speaking up. We accept the status quo and bite our tongue.  But who is that serving? It’s time to reclaim your voice using two simple strategies for confidence and impact.

Keep A Thought Journal

Are you new in your role and don’t feel comfortable sharing ideas just yet?  Perhaps you work for a leader or company who you don’t feel welcomes your ideas?  Maybe you don’t feel confident in your own abilities? (Imposter syndrome, anyone?!?!)  

Let’s start here.  

  • As you go throughout your day, write down ideas, thoughts and feelings that...
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Feeling Stuck? 7 Ways to Get Alignment at Work

I work with clients every day and being “out of alignment” is a huge symptom that many articulate.  Chances are you feel like this some of the time too.  Here are 7 ways you can achieve alignment at work.  (These work at home too) 

ALIGNMENT WITH SELF

  1. Take Ownership
    How might your values, view of the world and perspectives of others be shaping the situation or outcome?  If you are behaving in a way that isn’t in line with your own personal beliefs or values, stop now.  I know what it’s like to be under-appreciated, not seen, etc. at work.  You have a part in this too.  Audit your behaviors – what you say, do, how you react – to ensure they align with who you want to be.
  2. Know your own talents.
    What’s your natural state of awesomeness?  What talents do you have, that when invested in will become strengths to be maximized?  Be that.  Do those.
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