Everyone wants to be heard! If you want to keep employees engaged at work, offer them open communication with access to leaders at every level in the organization.
The Benefits of an Open-Door Policy for Employees
Creating an open-door policy can be a simple and effective way to not only enhance communication but build stronger relationships at work. Such a policy, empowers employees to pursue access to leaders without following the chain of command. Organizations who offer this, carefully stipulate their definition of an open-door policy so both leaders and employees clearly understand the parameters and value of this communication tool.
Important Options for Offering an Open-Door Policy
Regardless of how the policy is developed and shared, it's imperative that it's built in such a way that everyone has communication options including:
- Providing suggestions on ways to better the organization
- Seeking answers to work related questions
- Sharing feedback on everyday work matters
- Voicing concerns when there is frustrations or disagreement
Why Employees Become Disengaged at Work
When consulting with team members, I frequently hear how frustrated employees feel when they recognize an approach to solve a problem or enhance a situation but never have a communication vehicle to share it. Over time, this type of frustration can negatively affect employee morale, work ethic, and relationships creating employee engagement issues. Providing employees’ communication accessibility to leaders can positively change this and enhance overall relationship development.