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Open Door Policy

Policy brief & purpose

Our Open Door company policy was developed due to the company’s desire to establish transparent and flexible bottom-up communication paths. The company feels that its employees should be free and encouraged to speak openly to their supervisors or other managers and directors about significant matters. This policy is essential for dealing with concerns or issues and gaining insight into potential problems.


This policy applies to all prospective or current employees of the company who either wish to communicate with a higher-ranking official or receive such communication from subordinates or other employees.

Policy elements

This policy dictates that managers are obliged to have the door of their offices open so the employees can feel that their voices can be heard. The employees might seek managers for the following:

  • To ask for counsel or feedback

  • To ask questions about a subject

  • To express a complaint or concern

  • To raise awareness for a problematic situation

  • To ask for a resolution to an inside dispute or conflict

  • To make suggestions for change

  • Other individual reasons


The benefits of the open-door policy are manifold and include the following:

  • Dealing with concerns in time before adverse effects become apparent

  • The clarification of essential points or matters

  • The resolving of disputes between employees that could have remained undisclosed

  • The reduction of gossip in the workplace

  • The support for a discrimination-free environment

  • The access to immediate insight about what is happening in the company instead of waiting for formal surveys and evaluations

  • The opportunity for improvements or preventive action to similar problems

  • The fostering of a culture of mutual trust and collaboration


The policy primarily refers to the ability of an employee to talk freely to managers without fear of getting in trouble or becoming victimized. It does not, however, imply that there are no points that the employee must observe:

  • Some managers may be busy at specific times, so employees might have to arrange an appointment sometime in advance.

  • Problems should, if possible, be communicated to the immediate supervisor first instead of bypassing them to reach a higher-ranking manager. If that is not possible for any reason, the employee will find other managers and officials willing to listen.

  • Some disputes between employees can be resolved with the cooperation of the parties involved. Employees are not encouraged to complain about their colleagues for trivial matters promiscuously.


Generally, managers of all ranks are responsible for encouraging employee input and avoiding appearing disinterested or disengaged in their concerns. Possible constant and willful violations of the open door policy can be reported to Human Resources or the supervisor of the person who is responsible for the violation.

Open Door Policy
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