Are you looking for ideas from staff or just information?

Employees don’t contribute ideas when their boss is not interested. There is often a mismatch in goals between givers and recipients of advice. Though we usually have experience both with seeking and giving advice, when we put our advice seeker’s hat on, we seem to forget our perspective when we are giving advice. Advice seekers often view the purpose of the interaction to be more information-focused, while advisors view it as more guidance-focused. This disconnect can lead advisors to overestimate the likelihood that their advice will be taken. As a result, advice seekers risk facing unanticipated costs if they don’t take the advice, such as offending the advice giver and reducing their interest in giving more advice in the future. A recent Employee Innovation Survey considered why employees don’t contribute ideas. The purpose of the survey was to determine if employees have a voice in helping their organisations succeed. The main reason given was that the boss is not interested. Employees want more power to implement ideas they suggest. They also want management to be more supportive in testing ideas. 23% said nothing happened with their ideas and many were annoyed when time was spent developing an idea and either they weren’t empowered to test it, or they received no feedback on why it wouldn’t be accepted. Feedback was shown to be important in building employee engagement. The survey shows that 84% of leaders are talking about the need for innovation, however only 69% of employees believe the culture of their organisation actually welcomes new ideas. This result indicates there is a significant gap in organisations ‘walking the talk’ on innovation. Organisations that offer a tool for employees to contribute ideas have much better scores. Frustration was expressed when leaders said they wanted innovation but were not resourcing it. Management often give the illusion of wanting ideas, but then lack the skills to capture ideas in a simple way, give feedback and implement good ideas. In progressive organisations, innovation is part of the culture- a continuous process where employees are encouraged to suggest ideas. The Employee Innovation Survey was sent to about 2,000 employees, with 18% responding and volunteering extensive comments- see below. A full report on the results with charts and comments is now being prepared. Please contact me if you’d like to receive it. Lynn Wood IdeaSpies Enterprise, ph 0418 966 625 lynn.wood@IdeaSpies.com

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Do you want to be the internal champion for innovation?

The best source of innovation is employees If you want to be an internal champion for innovation look around you. You can encourage useful ideas from your colleagues. Recent research has shown that over 90% of employees believe they are the best source of innovation with 57% strongly agreeing and 34% agreeing The purpose of the survey was to determine if employees have a voice in helping their organisations succeed. Innovation was defined simply in the survey as “implementation of ideas that add value”. When asked what would make it easier for them to contribute ideas the top response was 45% wanting a software tool/digital platform that’s easy to use. David Thodey AO, Chair of CSIRO and Jobs for NSW, said “I really like the IdeaSpies Enterprise solution. I have a strong view that the best source of innovation is your staff. They know the business and how to improve it better than consultants. The issue has always been how do you provide an open forum for those ideas?” The Employee Innovation Survey was sent to about 2,000 employees, with 18% responding and volunteering extensive comments. A full report on the results with charts and comments is now being prepared. Please contact me if you’d like to receive it. Lynn Wood IdeaSpies Enterprise, ph 0418 966 625 lynn.wood@IdeaSpies.com

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A safe way to escape a skyscraper- from Russia

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Are you concerned about people resigning?

Employees would be more likely to stay if they could contribute more ideas  IdeaSpies Enterprise, a platform for ideas that will improve business performance, has revealed the results of an Employee Innovation Survey. A key finding is that over 90% of employees would be more likely to stay with their organisations if they could contribute more ideas. Significantly, 98% of lower management would be more likely to stay. Losing employees who want to contribute more would be a significant cost to these organisations. The purpose of the survey was to determine if employees have a voice in helping their organisations succeed. Innovation was defined simply in the survey as “implementation of ideas that add value”. There are many employee engagement surveys but not employee innovation surveys. The survey results also show that employees want more power to implement ideas they suggest. They want management to be more supportive in testing ideas. 23% said nothing happened with their ideas and many were annoyed when time was spent developing an idea and either they weren’t empowered to test it, or they received no feedback on why it wouldn’t be accepted. Feedback was shown to be important in building employee engagement. Frustration was expressed when organisations said they wanted innovation but were not resourcing it. Management often give the illusion of wanting ideas, but then lack the skills to capture ideas in a simple way, give feedback and implement good ideas. Tony Nimac Partner in charge of KPMG Enterprise NSW said “We trialled IdeaSpies Enterprise last year and have continued to use it. It was very well received by staff. It’s thought provoking, fun and easy to use, with no training needed. People see the tool as an opportunity to suggest ideas that could improve the way they work. In addition to specific ideas, we’ve seen themes coming from the ideas that have led to improvements. We give selected staff the opportunity to implement ideas they suggest and have benefited from improving staff engagement.” The Employee Innovation Survey was sent to about 2,000 employees, with 18% responding and volunteering extensive comments. A full report on the results with charts and comments is now being prepared. Please contact me if you’d like to receive it. Lynn Wood Chief Idea Spy IdeaSpies Enterprise  

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Innovation isn’t just a word. You need to do something.

A software tool/digital platform that’s easy to use would make it easier for your staff to contribute ideas. A recent Employee Innovation Survey asked employees what would make it easier for them to contribute ideas. The top response was 45% wanting a software tool/digital platform that’s easy to use, with lower management particularly in favour at 59% as well as organisations with 5,000 plus employees at 64%. Only 26% of employees said that their organisations offer a software tool/digital platform to contribute ideas, including 41% of organisations with 5,000 plus employees. When an innovation tool is provided, 75% of employees use it, males 81% and females 68%. David Thodey AO, Chair of CSIRO and Jobs for NSW, said “I really like the IdeaSpies Enterprise solution. I have a strong view that the best source of innovation is your staff. They know the business and how to improve it better than consultants. The issue has always been how do you provide an open forum for those ideas?” The purpose of the survey was to determine if employees have a voice in helping their organisations succeed. Innovation was defined simply in the survey as “implementation of ideas that add value”. The Employee Innovation Survey was sent to about 2,000 employees, with 18% responding and volunteering extensive comments. A full report on the results with charts and comments is now being prepared. Please contact me if you’d like to receive it and/or would like information about IdeaSpies Enterprise. Lynn Wood ph +61 418 966 625 lynn.wood@IdeaSpies.com IdeaSpies Enterprise

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Robotic surgery demonstrated on a grape

The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic surgical system made by the American company Intuitive Surgical. It’s designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach, and is controlled by a surgeon from a console. The system is commonly used for prostatectomies, and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures According to the manufacturer, the da Vinci System is called “da Vinci” in part because Leonardo da Vinci’s “study of human anatomy eventually led to the design of the first known robot in history”. https://youtu.be/KNHgeykDXFw

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Idea capture tools encourage useful ideas from staff

A software tool/digital platform that’s easy to use would make it easier for your staff to contribute ideas. A recent Employee Innovation Survey asked employees what would make it easier for them to contribute ideas. The top response was 45% wanting a software tool/digital platform that’s easy to use, with lower management particularly in favour at 59% as well as organisations with 5,000 plus employees at 64%. Only 26% of employees said that their organisations offer a software tool/digital platform to contribute ideas, including 41% of organisations with 5,000 plus employees. When an innovation tool is provided, 75% of employees use it, males 81% and females 68%. David Thodey AO, Chair of CSIRO and Jobs for NSW, said “I really like the IdeaSpies Enterprise solution. I have a strong view that the best source of innovation is your staff. They know the business and how to improve it better than consultants. The issue has always been how do you provide an open forum for those ideas?” The purpose of the survey was to determine if employees have a voice in helping their organisations succeed. Innovation was defined simply in the survey as “implementation of ideas that add value”. The Employee Innovation Survey was sent to about 2,000 employees, with 18% responding and volunteering extensive comments. A full report on the results with charts and comments is now being prepared. Please contact me if you’d like to receive it and/or would like information about IdeaSpies Enterprise. Lynn Wood ph +61 418 966 625 lynn.wood@IdeaSpies.com IdeaSpies Enterprise  

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Mandatory childcare in disadvantaged areas

Parents in some parts of Denmark who do not send their children to daycare will lose family benefits. Denmark has adopted legislation making daycare mandatory for all children over the age of one in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and parents who do not comply will lose their family allowances. This idea could be helpful in other disadvantaged communities around the world, including in indigenous areas. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/denmark-makes-childcare-mandatory-in-disadvantaged-areas

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