Any and all organizations thrive on feedback, not just from their customers but their employees as well. Giving employees the chance to provide feedback on your managerial style or the overall workplace environment may seem like a can of worms you don’t want to open, but with some preparation and basic rules, it can be the best thing that ever happened to your staff.

Talk openly and often. A key part of encouraging feedback from employees is making it a common occurrence. Don’t just wait until something goes wrong; make time for open conversation often so everyone feels more comfortable with the idea of sharing personal opinions.

Establish appropriate boundaries. Once your staff gets more comfortable communicating with each other, it can be very easy for things to turn way too casual way too quickly. As you gather feedback take care to guide conversations in a workplace-appropriate direction. This will be essential in avoiding any conversations or statements you, or an employee, might regret later.

Keep it clear. Last and certainly not least, when it comes to effectively communicating with employees, straight talk is your best option. This doesn’t mean you should be brutally honest all the time but rather avoid being too vague or relying on broad statements. Clear and to the point is how everyone on your staff should be talking to each other.

Incorporating feedback into your workplace routine can lead to an atmosphere where employees know their voice is heard. So what are you waiting for? Start up that dialogue today!