“More than 85% of US employees admit to having concerns about their company’s direction but fail to speak up for fear of creating conflict.”
Does this sound familiar?
A manager has been nagging his team about a stretch goal for weeks. It has taken its toll, the oppressive environment now creating an unspoken, underlying sense of fatigue, trepidation and discontent. Not wanting to rattle his cage (in the interest of protecting themselves and their jobs), his team continues along uninspired, punching the clock and sleepwalking through meetings—the desire to collaborate smothered.
Environments like this are as common as they are costly—to leadership, to employees and to the company. Afraid of creating conflict, employees neglect to speak up, protecting their jobs instead of taking the risks that will better serve the company.
The more that conflict avoidance takes hold, the less that employees feel they can make an impact, and the fewer ideas are brought to the table. The results can be catastrophic, as innovation and profits falter
How the Pink Elephant Can Help
Whether you are a CEO, a manager or an associate, you can transform your company by creating new channels of communication. Executives need honest, impassioned employees to speak up and contribute to their companies’ success. Employees need to feel that their ideas can make a positive impact on both their careers and the company. Start with this:
Download the Pink Elephant Promise
Present it to your team or company, and explain how it aligns with core values.
Encourage employees to keep a copy at their desk, and to invoke it with each other. We have put rose quartz elephants on the desk of every executive reminding them of the “Courage and Commitment to Communicate”
By creating a company culture in which new ideas are rewarded, you can drive retention, satisfaction, innovation and financial success.