Making a Case for Workplace Candor

The truth may hurt, but when it’s delivered with compassion, everyone from employees to managers benefit.

Making a Case for Workplace Candor

Most people are told at an early age that if they have nothing nice to say, they should say nothing at all. But managers who adhere to this advice run the risk of deflating employee morale and increasing turnover — and in worst-case scenarios, perhaps even getting fired.

Here’s the thing: When managers don’t candidly give employees the critical intel they need to improve, they essentially send a message that underperformance is OK. That then places an unfair burden on...

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