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Open dialogue: The bedrock of authentic company culture

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Payal Vasudeva, executive sponsor of human capital and diversify at Accenture, explains why dialogue is the building-block of an authentic culture, and good for business.

As businesses continually strive to engage their workforces and figure out what drives employee satisfaction, people often talk about the importance of an ‘authentic workplace’, but what does this really mean? Why should businesses try to create it? And where’s the best place to start?

In my experience, the single most important attribute that breeds an authentic workplace culture is open and transparent dialogue. This enables everyone to bring their true selves to work and say what they really think without feeling the need to self-edit. If all the conversations in your workplace add up to an honest ongoing discussion about what matters most to people then you are well on your way to achieving authenticity....