A gallup poll recently published these statistics.
Ignore an employees’ idea and they become disengaged.
This disengagement costs U.S. companies $450 to 550 billion a year.
Ignore an employees’ idea and they quit offering their ideas.
70% will not bother speaking up again. (That’s a big deal because they are closer to your products, services and customers and more likely to have money saving, customer loyalty building ideas)
Bottom line: It’s cheaper to listen.
Give it a try. When an employee pops by your office or cube today, stop what you are doing and give them your full attention.