We talk a lot on this blog about the importance of letting your employees know that they matter. One way to really let your employees know that they make a difference is by giving them what we’d like to call “a slice of the decision-making-pie.”
Simply put, when someone knows their contributions are directly influencing the decision making process, then they actually feel like they are making an impact on the company. In turn, they realize their importance, which will most likely boost their productivity and drive.
It’s important to get your employees involved in the decision-making process, and here’s why:
Employees have great insight into your company
You don’t need to be the CEO to have good insight into what’s going on within the company—in fact, employees might actually have a lot more to say about a certain area than you do as the big boss.
We don’t want to turn this into an “us against them” battle—because it isn’t—but it’s very important to recognize that when your employees are working hard on a specific task every day, they’re likely to have insights that you wouldn’t about that subject.
These insights are great assets to have, but many employers don’t take advantage of them because they aren’t confident enough in what their employees have to say. In that case, your employees are much more likely to hold back, keeping you out of the loop and slowing down what could be high productivity.
To make the most of your employees’ insights, start by letting your employees know that their contributions matter, and that what they have to say actually does influence the decision-making process. Employees are the backbone of the company, so it should go without saying that they matter—but if they don’t know that, then good luck getting some of that great first-hand knowledge they possess.
Giving employees a say creates a seamless work environment
The last thing you want in your office is some kind of “class warfare”. As TLNT contributor Tim Sackett points out, “to be truly power-less, sucks.” If an employee feels like their opinion doesn’t matter, then they will more than likely feel like their work doesn’t matter. In turn, their drive will crash and burn, which won’t do much to help you or your company.
To help combat this, do your best to level the playing field. As we mentioned above, letting your employees know that their contributions matter is an important part of making them feel appreciated. Don’t make them feel like they’re second-rate and that they’re just another cog in the machine, otherwise you might see some serious burnout.
Giving your employees a say in the decision-making process can do wonders for the company. You already know how much your employees matter—so why not show them?