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Hey, What's the Big Idea?

THINK about a time you had a great idea at work—one you were really excited about. What happened when you shared it? If it was embraced and implemented, you probably felt pretty good. There's an incredible sense of satisfaction in not just being heard, but actually having your suggestions and feedback acted on. That's just the beginning, though. The really big payoff to that moment of brilliance is being acknowledged and recognized for your contribution. You know, getting credit when credit is due. But that's when things sometimes get sketchy, too. If you're all sitting around in a meeting or if you're chatting with someone in passing, the idea might get lost in the commotion or even attributed to the wrong person by mistake. Now suddenly that shining moment gets a little tarnished.

At your workplace, you can offer a way for employees to present their suggestions and recommendations that also connects the ideator with the idea. You can start by providing a resource for sharing ideas, whether it's a physical suggestion box or a virtual one online. Then, create a channel for broadcasting those ideas.

And, finally, make sure to reward any winning ideas that will make a positive impact on your business.

Having this kind of communication forum allows the leadership in your organization to see who's interested and participating in the process—and who might be the next up-and-comer in the organization. It also gives everyone an opportunity to engage with the company so that they feel more involved and even more accountable.

And then there's the recognition—that's a really good idea, too!

In the Real World...

At Baudville, we have an online suggestion box called LaunchPad. Employees submit ideas, and anyone with access to it can comment and vote on those ideas. The ones that are popular, practical, and feasible are implemented. And, during our all-staff meetings, we announce and award the LaunchPad winners for that quarter. Works for us!


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