April 24, 2023

Transparency at work

Transparency at work

Transparency at work : a realistic utopia?

Spoiler alert : YES it’s realistic, but with a lot of work 🙆‍♂️

Who does what? What's going on at the very moment? Where are we going? How company’s resources are allocated? Why did we make this decision? Why did we prioritise this feature?

Any co-worker is legit to ask those questions and today, it’s more and more understood in companies culture that it is “healthy” to provide clear answers 🧐

At Stockly, transparency is more than an objective, it’s a cornerstone of our culture.

📌 This essential value can only be supported by an everyday pro-active work. It requires the involvement of everyone.

Obvious fact : it’s a way easier to have visibility on “who does what” when we are 5 in the team compared to 100 or 1000.

“Trust the process” 💡 From day one, processes & routines were implemented to start building transparency, always imagining we were 10 times bigger:

  • Measurable, public and challengeable objectives: OKRs method is very efficient (I recommend the book  “Measure what matters” by John Doerr 📖).
  • Regular team meetings (team dailies, weeklies with everyone, …) with feedbacks about successes, failures and announcements.
  • Always document what we do and store each piece of information in a shared and accessible place (the right Notion page, the right Gdrive folder,…)
  • Clean documentation of each team’s role and contribution.

Following a recipe isn’t enough to build transparency.

We need to adapt, think & implement processes that fit our specific business, vision, culture… ⚙

Even more: the templates, timelines, meeting formats, preparation guidelines must all evolve A LOT to adapt as we grow.

Coming back to the question 👉 transparency at work is realistic and it’s definitely an everyday work!