Here we are. It’s another fine day on T. Dench Patel’s blogs.
I thought this is a good topic to talk about be it in business or your personal life. If you have intentions set, then having transparency is good in order to simplify and better understand how to move your personal life or business forward in the intended direction.
If there’s one thing all my bosses have appreciated in every job I’ve had then I’d say it was transparency. Initially, I can imagine how it looked when I logged all the activities and the time I’ve completed certain tasks. I mean, did you notice all my work on my website especially the quotes in the news section. I have a habit to time things but when writing poems, lyrics or quotes I tend to write down the time it was born. Again, if you’re looking from a negative perspective of a person working with transparency you will find it, and if you’re looking at a person working transparently from a positive perspective you will find it. T. Dench Patel, 8 January 2020, 20:58
Transparency in your personal life can be seen as follows:
- Transparent in communication; being completely honest.
- Transparent with how and where you’re wasting time meaning you have a schedule you follow most of the time and are aware of the days where the schedule can’t be followed because the kids have fallen ill, you have to rush to school to pick up your kids, or there was an emergency etc. You can see clearly how the week has gone or the day has gone without blaming anyone.
- Being organised is a way of being transparent because that way you know which areas of your room or cupboards need decluttering.
- Being transparent in your relationships and dealings can open you up to becoming a target, but at the same time you have the possibility of meeting people who are aligned to you.
Now when it comes to transparency in business know one thing, if you’re the boss it will be a blessing in disguise to have employees who are productive majority of the time if you’re the boss who has set up things in a way where your personal and professional life is transparent (in a way that still protects you and your loved ones) you will be glad to have employees who work with transparency. One thing I’ve learnt from all the jobs I’ve had in my whole life. There are a handful of people who work transparently and not every business has at least one person who works transparently. If you’re the boss, then you’re the exception.
If you’re the only one who works with transparency, your job could be in danger, especially if you’re bringing in the sales. Ask me, I have chapters and chapters from years and years of experience in sales and quite a lot of times I’ve been the best sales lady on the platform and quite a lot of times because of that people are unhappy. Believe it or not, I was an ethical sales lady.
This is what business transparency looks like and here are some points to consider whether you’re a one-man-band, small or medium-sized business. This is what business transparency does when employees are pressured to change their work ethic to a transparent one.
- The business becomes more productive; business professionals can see exact statistics. Business professionals propel changes in the areas that are affected after looking at the analysis and take the business from the direction of a small/medium business to a medium/large business.
- In order to take a business from small/medium to medium/large business, you need the right staff in the right areas and if sales are bringing in a lot of work you need various specialists to be able to complete the work coming in. If the work cannot be carried out in the right timescale or because there are not specialists to do the job the sale is lost. One thing I’ve noticed is that when employees don’t want more work and there is a possibility of people wanting to quit because they’re not motivated (meaning they’ve been in the business for years) it’s likely that new and junior employees are tempered with/pressured so that they leave, or not given proper training, leaving very little growth for a company. This transition for small and medium-sized businesses is very challenging because it requires everyone to be motivated and on board with the changes.
- Transparency in business is proof of where the business is improving and what’s required in that area to excel even further. This point is pretty good; in one of my jobs, a really wise boss took advantage of transparency, saw a gap in this area, saw an opportunity and brought in the right professionals, retrained the transparent workers and oh boy! Did we sell ethically and hit it big. I have to say this was one of the best places I’ve worked in my entire life for someone. A job where the rewards were earned by the ones who worked the smartest, hardest and quickest.
- Transparency is proof of who’s doing the work and who’s not and those that are slacking will not like this transparency idea whatsoever.
- Initially, when I worked with transparency I was met with suspicion (like I’m backing myself up or something) but when an employer gets to know you over time and your work ethic (hopefully it’s a good one), that speaks volumes. From a contractor’s perspective or a freelancer’s perspective, this is a good thing to have so that you have proof of the work done in order to get paid.
To conclude, transparency is a great thing to have because it strengthens areas of the business where one could not have noticed especially with the changing market, but for transparency to do its work it requires a lot of employees with the right mindset working in a business in the first place.
Another way to look at transparency in your personal life is by you living your truth.
T. Dench Patel