09/26/2014 08:39 am ET Updated Sep 26, 2014

Why We Hide Some Of Our Best Work

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Your employer can track your every move, no matter where you sit in the organization. Often, the impulse is to scrutinize all behavior — through real-time performance data, for instance, and open workspaces — so that nothing unproductive or unethical can lurk in the shadows.

But that much transparency can have a dampening effect on performance. Creativity and productivity suffer because the desire for control is so great. And that’s not an acceptable tradeoff, even in an age of reputation management, because this also happens to be an age of innovation and complex problem solving.

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