Two weeks ago, Buffer’s co-founder Leo Widrich gave an interview to TechCrunch about the transparent culture embraced by his company. Buffer is going to great lengths to make information about the company easily accessible to everyone: from salaries to revenue and churn, everything is public. When asked about the results of this policy, Leo was unambiguous: “It’s been incredible”. In the last few months, these kinds of stories about transparency at work have flourished, and the conclusion is almost always the same: transparency is beneficial to the organization. However, very little effort has been dedicated to explain why is this transparency so beneficial. It is often suggested that a transparent culture seems more humane and as such, allows the company to stand out and attract better talent.

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