Equal access to relevant information is helpful to create equal influence in decisions. You are likely thinking, “yes, but not _____ information.” Four levels you may choose to explore/adopt:
- Access is restricted, yet available if the group/person responsible signs off on it
- Access is restricted to certain documents, e.g., budget, salaries, etc.
- Combo of 1 and 2, e.g., salaries are not available, but a performance review could be with appropriate consent/process.
- Access is unrestricted
Lack of information or secrecy can degrade trust and make equal input difficult. Keeping salaries secret, for example, may make consensus impractical for any budget decisions.