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Here are four of the best ways to create an open communication type of work environment:
Be transparent. Sharing information allows people to ask questions, make suggestions and contributions and to work together. Many government agencies use a pay with step increases and everyone knows what everyone else makes financially. ABC Supply is a company that posts all of its financial information weekly in a place for the employees to see it.
Create a team instead of dividing into managers, workers, owners, etc. This allows people to equally share responsibility and to feel a part of the organization.
Ask for, and expect to receive, feedback from people. This helps to foster buy-in.
Be approachable. Many managers become standoffish to discourage people from communicating with them. Everyone should be able to approach everyone with in a company at any reasonable time.