Many would agree that “yes” is one of the most concise motivational words in the English language. And in the workplace, that’s no exception. You may find that this simple word can encourage job satisfaction and employee loyalty. Saying “yes” to a small idea may ultimately turn that idea into a business game changer.
That said, the word has been somewhat elusive in the office of late. In the 2017 American Express OPEN ‘Get Business Done’ survey, more than 3 in every 10 workers (31 percent) believe their ideas are shut down too quickly in the office. And more than half (52 percent) of those surveyed agree with the statement, “Our internal office culture creates a lot of barriers to executing good ideas.”
So why the disconnect? Why is it so easy to immediately default to “no” in the office? I recently shared my thoughts on this in an article for American Express OPEN Forum.
Simply stated, shutting down ideas is the path of least resistance. It’s less work to shoot down an idea and maintain the status quo, keeping things predictable and manageable.
Of course, not everything deserves a “yes” in the office, but when it comes to how we react to new ideas, there’s certainly much room for improvement.
10 Ways to Get to “Yes”
Here are 10 ways you can encourage better idea sharing for a happier and more productive workplace.
For more information, read How to Counter the World of “No” and Open a Floodgate of Ideas.