Today’s guest post is written by Susan M Heathfield
The pitfalls of an ill-conceived employee suggestion program are multiple, legendary and most frequently – avoidable. A carefully constructed employee suggestion program that is launched with organizational commitment, clarity and ongoing communication can positively impact your bottom line and your employee motivation and enthusiasm. An ill-conceived, hastily launched, undefined employee suggestion program can turn people off and generate ill will, cynicism and misunderstanding.
#1 Does Your Company Need an Employee Suggestion Program?
Before launching an employee suggestion program, consider your corporate culture. Are you currently receiving fresh and thoughtful ideas? Are employee suggestions already percolating to the surface at staff meetings and in casual conversation? If so, maybe more informal methods for cultivating new ideas are warranted rather than a full-blown employee suggestion program. Continue reading →
When I talk to business leaders, I always ask about the most difficult challenges they face day in and day out. Increasingly, I’m hearing about how hard it is to innovate on a consistent basis.
This anecdotal evidence is now being supported by a recent McKinsey Global Survey that polled more than 2,200 senior executives around the globe on the challenges of managing innovation.
Eighty-four percent of the executives who responded said they consider innovation to be very or extremely important to their companies’ growth strategies. Yet, despite their emphasis on the importance of innovation, many of those executives feel that their companies are not doing a good job on following through on innovation as a strategic imperative. Continue reading →
To celebrate Bastille Day, France’s National Day commemorating the storming of the Bastille in 1789, we’d like to introduce you to our sister organisation in France: Innov’Acteurs.
Like ideasUK is it an association for the development of innovation engagement within organisations. It was founded in 2002 with companies like Renault, EDF and Accor as members. Today it comprises of approximately eighty companies, both in the public and private sector, who wish to share their experiences and best practices.
Innov’Acteurs sets out to support and encourage innovation at all levels of an organisation, using various methods: Continue reading →