“If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.”
~ Anita Roddick, Businesswoman
In the ever-changing face of the workplace, the power of diverse thinking that can be expressed in employee think thanks may positively impact many types of businesses. Implementing an employee think tank creates a system where all ideas are welcome and considered as part of an organized system of meetings and may help foster a better more cohesive work place. Providing ideas can be part of every employees’ job and receiving ideas should be every manager’s job.
Starting with the implementation of small ideas instead of with big, aggressive and dramatic ideas will get more positive attention since these ideas may be carried out immediately. Small ideas are the steppingstones to bigger ideas and, taken together, small ideas can grow into a large competitive advantage for your brand. Create a structure of rounding up ideas through meetings and regular discussion groups, growing those ideas are the next step. No matter how small, ask every employee to share ideas and discuss which ideas should be refined and delegate responsibilities for them.
To make employees feel part of the team and valuable to the daily operation, recognize the results of ideas and solutions that work. Giving public recognition in a newsletter or on the office bulletin board provides a level of satisfaction that can be combined with small rewards of recognition such as gift cards or other tokens of merit.
With an open mind and a good system of exchanging ideas and recognizing results, your business will grow, your employees will be happier and a better bottom line may result.
Kelly D. Scott
better leaders ● decisions ● results