Why Every Company Needs An Open Door Policy

February 20th, 2015

You’ve probably heard the phrase “open-door policy” before, but does your company actually have one? What is an open-door policy and why does your business need one? Let’s take a closer look at what this really means and the impact that it will have on your employees’ motivation and engagement. How can you establish a successful open door policy at your company?

Employee Accessibility

More than anything else you want to build trust among your staff. The best way to do that is to be available to them as they need you. That isn’t to say you let them steer the ship, they still need strong leadership. But it does mean that you remain accessible to them. To do this you can quite literally leave your door open when you’re not in another meeting. Let them know they can also ask to schedule a time to talk with you.

Strong Communications

An open-door policy also fosters communications which is a cornerstone of good business procedures. Communication in a corporate setting should be a give and take. When an employee brings feedback to the table, listen to them carefully before deciding what to do. If they have a problem, don’t dismiss them. Be a problem solver. Better yet, be a person who can facilitate their ability to solve their own problems.

Flow of Information

Employees who work for companies where the business information is kept secret are usually unsatisfied in their jobs. An open-door policy allows a consistent flow of information. When a new policy is implemented, the employees have known about it ahead of time, had an opportunity to prepare, and feel comfortable asking questions. Management is also kept aware of situations happening on the floor that can impact business.

Close Working Relationships

Different companies handle this aspect very differently. Some prefer their management staff doesn’t have a friendly, personal relationship with the employees and others encourage it. In any case, employees who feel a sense of connection with their management team are more likely to respond to requests and requirements.

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