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Employees Have a Lot to Say, According to Survey

PHILADELPHIA – February 21, 2012 – Most employees say they regularly propose ideas to their boss, according to a survey by Right Management. Half of the survey respondents claim to make 20 or more suggestions each year and another quarter between 10 and 20. Right Management is the talent and career management experts within ManpowerGroup.

The survey was conducted in January and February, and 497 North American workers responded to the question:


How often do you offer suggestions to your boss at work?

  • 54% More than 20 suggestions each year
  • 24% Between 10 and 20 each year 
  • 15% Fewer than 10 each year 
  • 7% I don’t offer suggestions at work

“Despite research that indicates workers are disengaged, on the whole they want to be helpful and have their say on issues or problems that arise in the workplace” said Monika Morrow, Senior Vice President of Career Management for Right Management, which provides talent, career and outplacement services to Fortune 500 companies. “We find again and again that employees want to contribute. By making suggestions they demonstrate that they’re thinking about getting the job done, and done well.”

Morrow advises employers to take advantage of workers’ ideas. “Of course, the boss has to judge which suggestions are worthwhile, but employee concern or enthusiasm should be encouraged and their willingness to participate in problem solving is the sign of a healthy workplace.”

At a time when many employees feel stifled in their job, Morrow said, it is even more important that employers show that they are listening. “Make sure employees know they have a voice and a say in what happens at work. Be proactive in seeking their input and sharing ideas. It should be more than a gesture, but a genuine effort to reach out. Tap them for fresh ideas that could improve productivity or customer service.”

The best employers know how to unleash the potential in people, observed Morrow. “This is a crucial management skill when talent so often is what provides a company with its competitive advantage.”

About Right Management

Right Management is the global leader in talent and career management workforce solutions. As the workforce consulting experts within ManpowerGroup, the firm designs and delivers solutions to align talent strategy with business strategy. Expertise spans Talent Assessment, Leader Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Employee Engagement, and Workforce Transition and Outplacement. With offices in over 50 countries, Right Management partners with companies of all sizes – including more than 80% of the Fortune 500 – to help grow and engage their talent, increase productivity and optimize business performance.

Media Contact: Shari Fryer, Shari Fryer & Associates, shari@fryerassociates.com, 970-846-6607.

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