Many managers have doubts about the effectiveness of open door policies. Additionally, some may view the arrangement as an invitation for interruptions, which they fear will harm their productivity.
In reality, having an environment that helps employees thrive is essential for a company’s success. Since communication and transparency are often critical parts of that equation, having an open door policy can be vital. If you’re wondering why an open door policy matters, here’s what you need to know.
Eliminating Communication Obstacles
One of the main benefits of an open door policy is the elimination of communication obstacles. Employees know that they can speak with a member of management whenever the need arises. As a result, there are fewer incidental information silos. Plus, employees feel appropriately supported.
Even if an employee doesn’t take advantage of an open door policy personally, its presence still makes a difference to them. Since managers may be getting more information from their teams, they can distribute insights as required, which can benefit any part of the workforce who may otherwise be at risk of being ill-informed.
Better Conflict Management
With an open door policy, employees know they can reach company leaders when there’s a conflict they can’t solve on their own. They can speak with direct supervisors when there’s a disagreement on the team or – if higher-level managers also have an open door policy – have places to turn if their issue is with a manager.
Ultimately, this ensures the conflicts aren’t left to fester unaddressed. As a result, it’s far easier for the broader organization to manage these challenges, as they typically aren’t unaware of issues that may need handling.
Enhanced Innovation and Creativity
An open door policy can improve creativity and innovation. Employees know that they can quickly share their thoughts with a company leader. As a result, they’re less likely to forget about an idea because it sat on the backburner too long. Additionally, they’ll have more opportunities to brainstorm or develop the concept with a manager, which can lead to greater innovation.
Plus, this gives employees an alternative to speaking up in group settings, something that may make some team members uncomfortable. That means managers may learn about ideas from more employees, all because having a one-on-one discussion is always an option.
Increased Level of Trust
When there’s an open door policy that works in conjunction with a judgment-free culture, trust tends to improve. Employees know that they’re welcome to express themselves at any time. Plus, they know that doing so won’t lead to unintended ramifications, as they’ll always be treated with kindness and respect.
In many cases, this increased level of trust will turn into greater loyalty. Often, both recruitment and retention will also improve, as trust makes it far easier for a company to position itself as an employer of choice.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of an open door policy or would like more tips about how to improve your company’s culture, TempStaff can help. Contact us today.