From dissertation through to director, everyone is qualified to influence change.  One of the biggest influences on a company is the people that work there.

So why do so many management teams ignore the ideas of someone who may be more junior than them?

Every worker in a business has value and should have the opportunity to make the business better.

That’s why an encouraging workplace environment is key.

Employees must not feel afraid to offer suggestions and influence change.  Some of the best decisions and suggestions are made by those on the front-line, the ones who truly live and breathe the business and you can sit anywhere in the hierarchy to make that judgement.

It can be easy for MD’s, CEO’s and Board Directors to lose sight of what’s really happening on the ground.  Employees of all levels can provide the eyes and ears; after all, they know the customers, products, services and the rest of the team better than anyone else.

Employers must encourage them to influence a change that we know will make a positive difference and spend time fostering a culture that empowers their team.

But it is important to always explain to employees why a no is a no sometimes.  Whether it might not be the right time for a change, cost, or other changes already taking place, it’s important they aren’t left feeling disheartened by a no decision.

If businesses can learn to empower their staff with free speech, the ability to share and drive ideas then the entire business will know that any employee, regardless of job title, is qualified to truly influence a change.