Workers have ideas – bosses don’t care

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About 57 percent of employees surveyed in a LinkedIn and Right Management online poll say they regularly make suggestions about how to improve their workplaces.

But the ideas apparently fall on deaf ears.

“Our findings suggest a surprising number of employees go the extra mile by making suggestions in the workplace,” said Mark Schmitz, general manager at Right Management. “At the same time, however, in our experience, there is little evidence that companies really listen to employee suggestions – or more important, try to benefit from their perspective and enthusiasm.”

Companies who don’t pay attention lose out on an opportunity.

“For employers, the implications are pretty clear,” he said. “Research shows that the top two drivers of employee engagement are feeling valued by senior leaders and having employee opinions count.”

4 Responses to Workers have ideas – bosses don’t care

  1. This is why most employees hate their jobs, amongst other reasonshasidim.

    Brigitte
    March 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

  2. I used to work at T. Rowe Price in Colorado Springs (yes, I said the name). I had set up a tool for our team to make them more efficient in their jobs and the supervisor demanded that I delete the tool. The company had an issue in their IT infrastructure that was wasting about $60,000 a year in man hours. I brought them a solution that I had tested and proved worked, and got scolded for it.

    T Rowe goes by the initials TRP in internal communictions. Must mean Torture, Reprimand and Punish. I guess that’s why their turnover is high (100% within 2 years).

    I would have to agree with Briditte. TRP is the pinnacle of “Bosses don’t care.”

    Prefer to stay anon
    March 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

  3. I unfortunately was in the same situation as anon above. I worked at TRP and made several ideas based on my experience as a business owner before arriving there. I was rewarded with a comment from my supervisor that he didn’t feel I had any real management approved ideas and was chastised for trying to change the status quo. Needless to say I left at my first opportunity. I now work for a company that truly appreciates the idea of team. not just a slogan to beat you up with.

    protecting the innocent
    March 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm

  4. Maybe more employers/bosses should watch “Undercover Boss” and go into the trenches to see how things really work! People on the front lines and in the trenches know a lot more than many executives give them credit for.

    Linda
    March 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm