For the most part, company’s have some system of hierarchy. From the intern to the president, everyone has their own tasks and responsibilities. For the workplace to be a place of harmonious success there needs to be multiple channels of communication.
One of the most important of these channels is the relationship between a higher-up and the rest of the workers in the office. CEO, President, or “boss”– whatever the title, this person steers the culture of the company. This person sets the values, tone, and mood for everyone else.
“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.”
-Paul J. Meyer
Having experience at previous companies as an intern, it was sometimes hard to track down or talk to the organization’s leader. It wasn’t always their fault — leaders are busy people, after all — but an “Open Door” policy can be instrumental in successful communication. Having an “Open Door” system means that everyone in the office feels like they can talk with their company leader. This flow of communication can break down walls between everyone in the workplace.
Employees can also work to create this “Open Door” communication between themselves and their supervisor as a great benefit to both parties. Talking face-to-face with your boss, instead of email only, allows you to more openly voice your thoughts, create a happier mindset, and re-establish your sense of value at the company.
As a leader of your company, you might not always be aware of all the different lines of communication that are going on in the office. Establishing a better system of communication can lead to an increase in productiveness, make your employees feel more valued, and create a stronger sense of trust.
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Justin Zuniga is CareerPlug’s sales and marketing intern.