Ever had a great idea on how to better your company, but felt unheard?
Well, you’re not alone.
According to new research released today by the idea management company, Sideways 6, more than a third of employees across the globe believe that their company wouldn’t listen to their ideas for improving the business.
This shocked me a little. How can anyone expect to improve the business without starting from within?
For companies to grow, it takes extreme patience and good leadership. It also takes strong ideas.
So, when it comes to listening to ideas, why aren’t managers listening to their employees?
Most staff spend 5 days a week working in the company’s offices. These people put their lives and time into making sure the company succeeds. These people know the business, inside and out.
So as a manager of a company, how can you make sure you get the best out of your employees’ ideas and turn them into the driving force behind your business's growth?
Sam Harrison from ‘Fast Company’ has some useful tips on how to utilise receiving great ideas from employees and believes employers should ‘Be Accessible’:
‘Fresh ideas have short shelf lives. If people feel they have to take a number and wait in line to see you, budding ideas will wither and creativity will die.
‘To keep ideas growing and flowing, block times in your day to be available to anyone who wants to air a new concept. And make sure your mind is also available–focused, in the moment and open to new directions.’
Interact-Intranet also have some good ideas on how to promote good ideas from employees here.
Sometimes, this isn’t enough. Strong leadership needs experience and expert knowledge behind it to get the best out of a manager.
In this case, an ILM qualification could be right for you. To find the right programme for you and see the Toolkits available, take a look at the DPG Website and see how you can Develop Yourself.