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Adopt ‘open meeting’ policy

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Invite all employees to attend brainstorming or problem-solving meetings. Reason: By allowing anyone to attend, you broaden the level of contribution.

Hal Rosenbluth, who runs a Philadelphia-based travel company, posts all meetings ahead of time, including discussions on benefits, new software and sales strategy. Exception: confidential personnel matters.

“I’ve found there are as many employees outside of the room who know about the topic as there are inside,” he says. “Plus, this gets rid of the cynicism of people saying, ‘Hey, had I been there, I would’ve spoken up.’ And it helps with career planning as people get exposed to new areas.”

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