Benefits of Having an Open-Door Policy
When a company endorses an open-door policy, employees feel welcome to talk with managers and executives at any time. Employees feel comfortable addressing their concerns and fostering two-way communication and, ultimately, that means your company is better equipped to overcome obstacles and grow. Here are six benefits of having an open-door policy.
With doors open, communication is encouraged and rewarded. Employees meet with their direct managers before escalating issues to more senior executives, so individuals directly involved with the issue being discussed are able to provide input and more efficiently resolve the situation.
Employees know exactly who to turn to when issues arise. Knowing that their needs are being met and conflicts are being resolved helps employees feel greater job security. This can also foster feelings of increased satisfaction and help employees to envision a strong future with the organization.
Trust is more easily developed among co-workers at all levels when an open-door policy is promoted. Knowing an employee can talk with their manager to resolve work concerns demonstrates that managers are focused on their employees’ best interests. In turn, employees who have their needs met grow happier and become more engaged in their tasks, creating a positive work environment.
Employees at all levels can utilize constructive feedback to improve their work performance. By facilitating more open communication, managers can utilize information to increase efficiency in company operations. In stride, employees can express their ideas and provide their input for moving the company forward.
When employees can talk with managers at any time, it improves everyone’s overall perception of the company. This becomes an important recruiting factor as well, as job seekers look for companies who will value their opinions and promote transparency within the organization.
When employees feel secure talking with their managers about issues needing clarification or disagreements on completing a team project, they receive the guidance needed to effectively make decisions.
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