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What Is an Open Door Policy?
Agh! You've been trying to get your manager's signature all day, but every time you've walked by his office, the door is closed. You hate to knock in case you're interrupting something important, so you just continue checking.
Now? No. Still closed.
This is getting really frustrating. All you need is a few seconds of your boss's time, but that door is in your way. What's even more annoying is that other employees at your company seem to have great relationships with their bosses. You wish your boss was more open and concerned about you, like other department heads. Instead, you dread talking to him because he makes you feel like you're a bother.
An open door policy is more than making sure a physical door isn't closed. It's a management style that makes the manager accessible, more interactive with his or her team, and available for staff members. This style of leadership means a manager's door is open to help with problems, discuss ideas, and simply connect with employees.
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By nature, a manager can be intimidating to his team members because of his position of power. This makes it even more important that managers encourage their employees to ask for input or get clarification without feeling uncomfortable or unimportant. Having an open door policy encourages communication, collaboration, and teamwork.
There are several key advantages of managing with an open door. It encourages communication and feedback. It's amazing how much employees will tell a manager whom they feel comfortable with. If you're managing a team and you're available to them, they'll keep you posted about personnel problems and inappropriate behavior. They'll also share ideas, suggestions, and solutions. Having an open door helps facility the flow of information (and gossip).
It ensures you'll be involved. Managers can often feel left out or not involved because events and discussions happen within the team that they're not included in. As a result, they might not have all the information they need or feel involved with their team, and they might be excluded from casual team gatherings, such as lunch or drinks after work. Having an open door policy can increase your level of involvement with your employees.
It strengthens loyalty, commitment, and confidence between employees and their manager. If your employees know that you value them and encourage interaction, it can strengthen the relationship between you and your team.
An open door policy is a method of managing employees that creates a productive, supportive, and collaborative work environment. When a manager sets the tone that he or she is accessible to his or her own team on a regular basis, the trust and comfort level between manager and employees can grow tremendously. There are many advantages to an open door policy, including encouraging communication and feedback, ensuring involvement with your team, and strengthening loyalty and commitment between employee and manager.
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Open Door Policy: Meaning & Advantages
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