“Innovative, idealistic thinking has no business in the workplace. Right? Wrong!”
Too often companies speak to the importance of the customer and then fail to listen to their employees’ ideas for innovation, growth, or change. The staff lives in the trenches on the front lines and yet management often puts up impenetrable walls to resist recommended change preferring to keep their employees as subordinate followers. This kills morale, passion, and is counter-productive to gaining invested employees who aim to do better for themselves and their place of business. If you are a manager, listen to your employees. Give them authority and power to be independent thinkers and decision-makers. Help them become leaders and grow into their unique potentials. If you fear they’ll leave after blooming, take the risk. It’s better than having passionless drones humming around contributing nothing for the greater good of the company.