We’ve posted several blogs that mention the importance of keeping a constant flow of communication with your team. Keeping an “open door” policy is one of the many ways you can keep this communication going. You’ll hear information first-hand along with being easily accessible to your employees. This policy is detrimental to your business and office culture. Here are four benefits of an open door policy:
Accessibility – As a manager, you should want your employees to feel comfortable coming to you with issues, situations and ideas. Keeping your door open will show them that you want to remove the barrier and be easily accessible for them.
Open Flow of Communication – Keeping an open door policy allows you to have immediate access to more informal conversations, which are often the types of discussions that lead to important insights about the business. Don’t expect your employees to come knocking when you’ve sent the message that you don’t want to be bothered.
Quick Access to Information – In fast-paced industries, quick access to information is the key to success. Keeping an open door policy encourages your employees to come by and share information, situations and creative ideas with you. You don’t want to be the last to find out about important client news just because your door was closed.
Tight-Knit Relationships – For work culture’s sake, an open door policy promotes friendly openness and builds the belief that their manager wants to be involved in their lives. Closed doors can generate feelings of secretiveness that will negatively impact your relationship with your team. Keep in mind, your team is working for your business and they believe in your vision. Treat them with the respect they deserve.
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