According to conventional wisdom, the open-door policy is the ultimate symbol of leadership commitment. When a manager says his or her door is always open, it sends the message that the manager values and welcomes team members' opinions and ideas—always.
It's an admirable concept. In reality, however, the open-door policy can make it difficult for managers to maintain any semblance of productivity.
That's why manufacturing consultant Lee Schwartz recommends setting specific hours for visits from team members.
"Doing so removes the constant interruptions but maybe more importantly helps others in the company better determine what's really important," Schwartz asserts.
"This practice also leads to people finding the answers on their own."
For more, read "Three Tips on Becoming Time Savvy" in sister publication IndustryWeek.