Value Employees Who Speak Up

The incredible value of employees who speak up!

Are your employees willing to speak up, or are they afraid to upset ‘the boss’? Or, just as bad, do they think that nobody cares what they think?

Have you created a listening culture that values ‘respectful debate’? Or is it a little more like ‘my way or the highway’ in your business?

Research shows that 90% of projects undertaken in business don’t meet their commitments to completion dates, budget or outcomes to be delivered. The people involved in these projects know that things have gone off the rails, but they’re reluctant or afraid to speak up.

This is not a new problem

In the early 1600s, Sweden’s King Gustav II commissioned a great warship, the Vesa, to be built. During construction, he ordered that it be made longer and taller than originally planned.

All the workers knew that the ship would not sail, but no one would speak up. No one was brave enough to challenge the King.

When launched, the Vasa immediately tipped over and sank, with 30 lives lost.

It takes courage to invite your team to challenge you and speak up…but it will make a huge difference in your business.

Your front-line people know stuff…and they hate it when you don’t listen. The good ones leave in frustration and the bad ones stay and take ‘I don’t give a damn pills’.

So, what will you do to let your team know that you need and value their input? How will you create a culture that respects and encourages respectful debate and advice from those around you? And how will you react (respond openly) when you receive it?

Whenever you’re ready, here are a few ways we can help:

1. We believe work is family. And it should be a place where an employee can feel supported when times get tough.
Read about a value we take seriously at Innovator: Family First. Click here.

2. Safety is a game that many workers and contractors don’t know how to win. 
Learn how tracking safety data keeps employees safe. Click here.

3. BJ Fogg, one of my coaches, teaches on how to develop life improving habits that are easy to implement.
Discover a summary of the formula he invented and gain full control of your habits. Click here.

4. Get your free book and blueprint for running a turnaround with 50% less crew while achieving zero injuries.
Check out the Turnaround Optimizer Process. Click here.

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