Transparency, Flexible Work Schedules Boost Employee Productivity and Ethical Behavior


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W hat could be the key to creating an ethical, productive and engaging workplace? According to a new survey, it’s transparency.

Transparency in the workplace, described in the survey as “an open and honest communication channel between employees and leadership regarding work/life issues,” greatly impacted overall workplace culture.

In its 2008 Ethics and Workplace survey, Deloitte found that a majority of employees thought openness by leadership contributed to a more ethical workplace (84%) and created a more values-based organization (68%).

Respondents also said the ability to balance work schedules and personal priorities produced a more productive and engaging work environment. But is this balance as easy to achieve if you’re working in a cubicle versus a C–suite office?

Maybe not. Half of the respondents felt their bosses set different standards for themselves when it comes to flexible work options, and 40% of employees in a higher salary bracket (income over $75,000 annually) had an easier time balancing work and personal priorities than those who made between $25,000 and $35,000 (29%).

Source: Deloitte 2008 Ethics & Workplace survey, www.deloitte.com .

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