5 Tips to Get More Ideas for Your Suggestion Box System

More IdeasA suggestion box system is a great way for you to tap into your employees’ ideas and improve your organization. But without a steady flow of employee suggestions, your suggestion box system won’t be successful.

So how do you get more ideas from your employees? These four tips can help:

1. Publicize Your Suggestion Box System

It is important that your employees know about your suggestion box system, what it is, and how to use it. To achieve this, make sure to publicize your suggestion box system. Also, tell your employees why their ideas matter and why you want to hear their ideas. Make them excited about your suggestion box system to encourage more ideas.

2. Encourage All Ideas

Don’t limit the number of suggestions by putting too many constraints. Let your employees know that you’re interested in any suggestions that they think will help the organization. As the Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling said…

“The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.” [Click to Tweet!]

3. Show Active Interest in Employee Suggestions

Most employees wouldn’t continue to submit suggestions if their manager didn’t show interest in the suggestions. Showing active interest in their suggestions can encourage your employees to submit more suggestions that can benefit your organization.

4. Include Everyone From All Departments

Let everyone in on the game. Employees in each department bring a different perspective, and new ideas to improve processes and products.

5. Give Helpful Feedback

Giving feedback to your employees not only shows your employees that you’re actually paying attention to their suggestions, but you’re also guiding them toward submitting more valuable suggestions.

Start Receiving More Ideas

With these five simple tips, you can start getting more ideas from your employees. You may also want to check out the 7 characteristics seen in the best performing suggestion box systems.

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Leila Durmaz

Hello, I'm your author, Leila Durmaz. I spend a lot of my time researching the best practices for Employee Suggestion Programs, and writing articles to share them. I hope you find them helpful! I work at Accompa - one of our products is IdeaGlow Employee Suggestion Program Software.

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