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Gaining the endorsement of senior leaders is critical when running an employee ideas programme. Senior leadership support signifies to your business that they care, that it’s important, and that employees' opinions matter. With this comes resources. Resource for the team, resource for programme funding and, importantly, resource for implementing ideas.
But how do you ensure leadership buy in? In this post we explore the importance of engaging senior executives in idea management, and provide practical steps on the how.
In this post, we explore the importance of engaging senior executives in idea management and provide practical steps to secure their support.
The context: Leaders unable to leverage the expertise of their biggest asset, their people, are missing the opportunity to do more with less.
The result? Quiet quitting. Where you actually get much less, with less.
Business leaders can reverse this trend by not only inviting their employees on the journey, but asking them for help steering the ship. Just ask Balfour Beatty, the UK's largest construction company, whose senior leadership harnessed the power of employee ideas to engage their workforce and drive significant improvements.
They gained £58m and saved 441k hours of work from ideas submitted by employees.
💡 Did you know?
Employee ideas campaigns with leadership endorsement garner 30% more engagement on average.
(Source: The State of Employee Ideas 2018)
Ultimately senior leaders have control of the purse strings. And decision making power on where resource flows. In todays age, with competing priorities and resource being funnelled to the highest priority initiatives, how do you engage your senior leadership team to make things happen?
Fully aligning ideas campaigns to strategic initiatives and business goals provides clarity on purpose, which makes it easier for leaders to channel their resources to help make change happen and create impact.
When top leadership participates, it sends a clear message to all tiers of the company about the value and importance of the campaign, this sets a great example for employees at all levels to follow.
With executives onboard, the decision-making process can be streamlined, and blockers can be removed, ensuring that the best ideas don't get stuck in bureaucratic bottlenecks.
The role of a leader is not to come up with all the ideas, but to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.
(Source: Simon Sinek)
At Sideways 6, our robust idea management solutions are designed to seamlessly integrate with the flow of work, ensuring a minimal learning curve and guaranteeing maximum adoption. Through our platform, businesses can not only harness the collective intelligence of their employees but also align it with the strategic vision of their top leadership. Our customers' success stories stand as a testament to the transformative power of executive involvement. In our experience, strong leadership support is the biggest determinant of an ideas programme that delivers the value your business wants.
Over to you.
If you'd like to speak to our team about how to make the case for an idea management solution and how it can help your business to do more with less, don't hesitate to get in touch.
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