When you receive ideas from your employees try to evaluate the feedback in a fair way. By setting up an ideas evaluation process you will add transparency for staff and build their confidence to submit ideas in the future.
Establishing the ideas evaluation process
The ideas evaluation process you need will depend on the size of your business and the amount of feedback you receive from staff. If volumes of feedback are relatively small you might be able to manage the evaluation process personally.
If you have a larger business you may need a scheme administrator, who will manage the ideas evaluation process - including communications - and an evaluation team made up of representatives from across your business.
Evaluation criteria for staff feedback
Some evaluation criteria you could use to help you assess employee ideas includes:
- cost reduction
- generating business income
- increasing market share
- improving customer service or relations
- improving the working environment or work/life balance
- enhancing the reputation of the business
- improving decision making or reducing risk
- improving the efficiency of working practices/processes
It's important that you define what these broad criteria mean to your specific business and that you brief your evaluation team accordingly.
If you ask for ideas on a particular area then you may need more specific evaluation criteria.
It's also important to make sure employees understand that suggestions for small changes are as welcome as big ideas. Sometimes small changes can have a major impact on the way the business operates.
Acknowledge staff feedback
Communicate your evaluation of ideas and show the difference the ideas have made to your business.
If you implement any ideas on the back of staff feedback make sure that you recognise and reward employees whose suggestion it was. This will help generate a positive business culture of engagement and encourage other staff to provide valuable feedback.