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With the advent of the Internet and big data, business leaders are slowly changing their mentality from a “need to know” basis to complete transparency. Companies that have become more transparent have seen a huge boost in morale.

It’s not surprising then that many leaders are now looking for easy ways to increase data transparency in their organizations. One of the most efficient and popular methods is implementing business dashboards. A dashboard displays key metrics and data on the state of a business without bias so everyone can see areas that are performing well and where they can make improvements.

So why do dashboards and data transparency increase employee morale? There are several reasons:

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Improves team cohesion

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For companies to reach their goals, all team members need to be on the same page. In order to do this, everyone needs to have access to their key metrics so they can all see what works and what doesn’t in real-time. This enables everyone to be informed and make better, quicker decisions.

When team members feel more informed and involved, studies suggest they put increased effort into work and deliver more productive results. As employees begin to understand their transparent organization’s target metrics, they are able to generate better ideas, test solutions, and solve issues together throughout their departments and the entire organization. More importantly, data transparency promotes open communication as everyone has access to the same information.

Identifies problem areas quickly

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It might be tempting to hide some metrics from employees, especially when things aren’t going so well. However, one benefit of being completely transparent is that your team will immediately know where they need to focus their efforts. Instead of working in silos, the team can come together and work together to fix the problem using real-time data.

Whether these metrics are shared on a minute-by-minute, daily, or weekly basis, they can improve performance for both short and long-term goals.

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Showcases victories

Start with the finish line in mind

By using business dashboards, employees can check in on key metrics to immediately identify any changes or problems. Organizations can even use LCD monitors to display dashboards throughout the office. When the metrics show that you are meeting and exceeding goals, transparency dashboards can serve as a huge morale booster, proving that your team’s hard work and time paid off. It can help bring the team closer together through a shared feeling of achievement. This ultimately leads to a greater sense of community and dedication to the company. Showing your team the results of their hard work provides a very strong incentive to keep pushing forward.

Ultimately, data transparency not only helps you improve your key metrics and overall business performance, but it also helps with employee happiness and retention.

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Interested in learning more about data transparency dashboards? Check out this guide.

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Matt Gentry Support Manager @iDashboards

Matt Gentry is the Support Manager at iDashboards and has eighteen years of experience in the field of IT working as a systems engineer, analyst, consultant and manager. Most of his career has been spent in data, database technologies, and infrastructure.

Comments

  1. We have found that when we went live with several of our dashboards it keeps the departments who enter the data keeps them on their toes to make sure they are doing it correctly. This is good for us and them!

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