Why Employee Opinions Count at Work
Finding top talent is not easy. Even though companies count on new hires to make their growth plans happen, there never seems to be a deep enough or wide enough talent pipeline. The disconnect between the supply and demand of top talent puts the engagement and retention of high performers to the top of the priority list for high growth companies.
Employee Opinions — A Key Factor of Engagement and Retention
When we assess organizational culture, we find that an essential ingredient of employee engagement is a sense of being heard, seen, and valued. When employees feel that their opinions count at work and believe that their voice is welcome, they are more likely to have higher levels of discretionary effort, loyalty, and advocacy. They are also more likely to share their thoughts and opinions to create even higher levels of performance — for the people and for the business.
According to Gallup, only 1-in-4 employees strongly agree that their opinions count at work. That creates a wonderful opportunity for organizations and new managers looking to create more employee involvement, ownership, engagement. When only 2-in-4 employees feel that their opinions count at work:
The Benefits of Employee Feedback When Employee Opinions Matter
What can you learn from timely and honest feedback from employees? Here are just a few problems you can uncover and address when employees feel that their opinions count at work:
If your executive team is not firing on all cylinders, your company is probably not performing at its peak. Take advantage of what your employees see, feel, and know. Not only will it help you and your company, but your employees will feel valued and part of making things better.
Not only can frequent feedback help uncover problems with team performance, but you can also learn who is at risk of leaving — either because they don’t feel appreciated or because they don’t feel they have sufficient career development.
Three Steps to Make Employee Opinions Count
If you have a good and trusting relationship with your employees, ask them what is working, what is not working, and what they recommend to make things better.
The Bottom Line
So how do you make employee feedback count? You visibly act upon engagement feedback. Your request for feedback should not be intended simply to satisfy your curiosity; it should provide the foundation for change and an action plan for improving the environment so employees feel heard and valued.
To learn more about how to make employee opinions count, download Top Tips to Increase Employee Engagement through Communication
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