Nan's brutal resignation highlights value of workplace honesty

Nan's brutal resignation highlights value of workplace honesty

Honesty is the best policy.

Earlier this month honesty about pay led to increased working output and a significant increase in performance.

David Burkus, Associate Professor of Management at Oral Roberts University and author of ‘Under New Management: How Leading Organizations are Upending Business as Usual’ told Business Insider: “When it's out in the open, people might still disagree with certain parts of the pay scale, but they have recourse.

“You can actually be mad at the system, and then use that disagreement to make a positive change in how the pay for the company is structured. Which is a much more productive use of your angst than just sitting and seething at co-workers for thinking that they're overpaid.”

“When employees are armed with data about their pay and the pay of their co-workers, it provides the opportunity to bring inequities to the attention of management.

“Openness remains the best way to ensure fairness.”

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HR leaders, too, always espouse the benefits of being honest and transparent to staff. It’s the only way to make real, tangible progress. Keeping staff in the dark, or not being prepared to listen to how the workplace is, warts and all, normally results in high turnover and low productivity.

Surely then, by extension, staff should be honest with their employers too? Especially when resigning.

This is exactly what one grandmother did when she decided her cleaning job, based in Glasgow, Scotland, was no longer for her. The departing employee displayed honesty in a succinct manner with a few expletives littered within her letter too.

Click next to see her resignation letter.

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