I'm rewriting a guideline of professional conduct for my small company. One of the points mentioned requires managers to
Tell it like it is: don't argue that a routine (but necessary) task is beneficial to your team's professional knowledge/ value to convince them of doing it. Instead, publicly acknowledge that there're more important tasks yet these routine ones are necessary.
I realize that "Tell it like it is" is a bit informal. Is there an alternate word/ phrase to it?