Open Door Policy
Have you ever worked at a company where you really felt that your company has your back? What I mean by this is, do you feel as if your job would be secure if something were to happen and you had to take a couple of weeks off for a family emergency? Every employee should feel that their company would have their back in the event that something was to happen.
Creating an open door policy where employees can feel comfortable talking to their employers about things that are usually a little more private, such as a struggle with an ailment, or a family members issue where time off may be needed for the employee. I have always found that being upfront about things like this helps the employer-employee relationship and can help set reasonable expectations to and from the employer.
This open door policy can also lead to advancement opportunities if the employer understands that the employee is not trying to get out of work, but that he or she truly has some personal struggles that need to be tended to. Without this open relationship, the employee may feel additional stress with the family obligations and work obligations tearing him or her away from each other. Feeling that the company has his or her back is a great way to help reduce stress, help motivate the employee to continue producing high quality work, and help reduce employee turnover, even if there are family issues that arise.