Only 1 Out Of 4 Leaders Encourage Suggestions From Their Employees. Leaders who listen to ‘Suggestions’ radically improve engagement

  in Staff Ideas & Suggestions - October 24, 2017

Very few leaders encourage, or are open to hearing, suggestions for improvement from their employees.Only 24% of people say that their leader encourages or recognizes staff suggestions for improvement, while 16% say their leader Never does so.


As you might imagine, smart people with great suggestions really want their leaders to solicit and hear those ideas. And that’s why this issue has such a large effect on employee engagement.

When we asked employees whether they would recommend their company as a great organisation to work for, we found…

62% of employees who say their leader always encourages and recognizes suggestions for improvement will strongly recommend it as a great organization to work for.

By contrast, only 5% of employees who say their leader never encourages and recognizes suggestions for improvement will strongly recommend it as a great organization to work for.

In essence, if someone thinks their leader always encourages and recognizes suggestions for improvement, they’re about 12 times more likely to recommend it as a great employer.

Just ponder that statistic for a moment.For all the money that gets spent trying to engage, inspire and retain employees, wouldn’t some off those resources be better spent teaching managers how to encourage and listen to staff suggestions?

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