The Open Door Management Policy

It can be heard often in business “I have an open door policy”. But what does it really mean and what are the implications of having this “rule”?

The “open door policy” can become quite frustrating with the amount of daily interruptions and you might find yourself really without any work/life balance as you start to come in earlier or stay back later to take advantage of the quiet time.

How do you get into a productive state of “flow” when you are continuously being interrupted by what is going on around you?

To be successful at work, you’ll need to incorporate both of these policies.

Becoming a more effective leader by looking at blocking out two hour blocks where you can go behind closed doors and get the important things done without any interruptions. You need to train yourself to block out a specific time in your calendar and not be distracted by your phone or emails.

Get into the flow and stay focused.

Open the door for the rest of the time.

Now that you’ve set aside your two hours, you can also set aside some open door windows of time. “Drop in” times when your team can come to discuss any key issues with you. You need to train your team to know that you are not always available. It will also help them to think about their issues and maybe they will be able to solve it themselves.

Open plan offices can be great for building camaraderie, collaboration and for discussing and planning the work. When it comes to actually doing the work though, you also need some spaces available to your team that will allow for no interruptions and minimal noise.

Ideally, you want to create a workspace where both types of work environments can be accommodated: Open spaces for collaborative discussion, and private spaces for getting things done without interruption.

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