Everyone should have the opportunity to speak their minds and have their ideas (click to tweet), people want to be able to have their own ideas, opinions and feelings heard.
The improvements in technology and communications is making this desire much stronger, just take a look at Twitter, Facebook and the many other mediums people use to have their own voice.
Bringing this into the work setting, people want to be able to share and have their views and opinions… they want their voice respected by their colleagues and management.
Therefore it’s super important that companies create an environment and culture where employees are comfortable to speak up, share their ideas and opinions, and get their feelings known.
I’ve seen many companies ignore the voice of their workers, instead believing the executive team has all the answers.
How very wrong this thinking is…
Idea’s and improvements should come from everyone within the organisation (click to tweet), right from the bottom to the top.
All idea’s should be considered regardless of how small they appear, and feedback given to the idea giver relating to whether the idea will be implemented… and if not, why not.
All too often companies are focusing on the one big change that will change their futures.
Yes it’s good to keep a look out for the big changes, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t lose sight of the small changes that we can implement.
Remember, many small improvements lead to large improvements!
Encourage your employees to regularly give their ideas and opinions, this can be done in performance reviews, team meetings, or even through having an idea box in reception.
Create a team that includes employees from all different levels within the organisation, and come together at least once per month to run through the ideas.
Openly communicate and champion the ideas that are implemented and reward the idea givers.
Hold quarterly conferences where your employees come together and discuss idea generation… how can we improve our company.
Encourage the use of outside facilitators to ensure there are no biases.
Remember, there’s no such thing as a bad idea.
Be thankful for every new idea you have, and show appreciation.
Give you employees the voice they want, let them actively play a part in your organisations future.
Listen, Analyse, Implement… Improve your firm by giving your employees a voice (click to tweet).