We appreciate Ethan Bernstein’s report in the Wall Street Journal, 2/23/15, regarding unintended consequences of too much workplace transparency in open offices, monitored with sensing technology and tracked through digital activity. The goal behind this current way of working is to increase accountability, collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation. But Bernstein says leaders need to adopt a transparency strategy that strikes a balance between openness and privacy, that tears some walls down while leaving others in place. Open but -not-so-open offices, feedback but not constant evaluation and practice that needs privacy are three principles Bernstein suggests companies should follow. Read “Unintended Consequences” of how too much workplace transparency can backfire in this well-researched article by this assistant professor of leadership and organizational behavior at Harvard Business School.
On June 17, 2015