Why It’s Good To Have An “Open Door” Policy
We get it. Sometimes coworkers can be noisy, sometimes your boss can be irritating, and sometimes shutting your door can be best for your sanity. You may feel the need to (quite literally) shut out the chaos of your workplace and focus on work and that can be a good idea at times BUT having an ‘open door’ policy can actually be incredibly beneficial in the workplace.
For one, an ‘open door’ policy makes each member of your office more accessible. If you’re a manager being accessible to your employees is so important. They should be able to come to you with any comments, questions, or concerns and leaving your door open makes you seem that much more inviting. If you’re an employee your managers and coworkers may want to suggest new ideas or even compliment you on the work you’ve been doing. Having an open door policy leaves you open to both ~constructive~ criticism and also compliments.
Another great argument for the open door policy at work is the fact it creates an open flow of communication. Having an open door gives you access to more informal discussions which can often lead to great business ideas! Employees of a company should be on the same page and having an open door policy helps with that.
Fast access to information is another great reason to have an open door policy. The workplace is constantly changing and it’s important for managers and employees to keep up with the changes. The easiest way to do that is to simply leave your door open so you’re able to hear about other things that are happening. You’ll never feel out of the loop and will look like you’re on top of all the things that are going on in the office.
One more great argument for the ‘open door’ policy is that is helps to create closer working relationships. As mentioned previously, leaving your door open can lead to a lot more informal conversations which leads to getting to know your coworkers or more than just a working level. It helps create stronger bonds between coworkers which will enhance the company’s over culture.
Sometimes it may seem like a good idea to close your door, shut out the background noise, and get to work. Trust me, sometimes that’s a GREAT idea. But don’t shut out the ‘open door’ policy either. Open door policies create easier accessibility to managers and employees, an open flow of communication, fast access to new information, and closer working relationships. All in all open door policies are instrumental in improving company productivity and culture. 10/10 would recommend.