Encouraging your team to speak up helps strengthen relationships, allows the exchange of ideas, and supports the organisation in overcoming barriers.
A shocking study from VitalSmarts showed that only 1% of employees felt confident enough to voice their concerns at critical moments. One third of the employees said they felt their organisation didn’t promote or support holding pivotal conversations.
Here are 3 solutions to help you and your team overcome this issue:
1. Get to the root of the problem
First of all, identify why people are not raising their hands. You could do this through a survey, team chats or even individual chats. But find out what it is holding them from voicing their opinions, that way you can figure out a way to solve the problem.
2. Reward people for speaking up
You don’t need to throw a party or give anyone a medal. A simple ‘thank you’ or ‘well done for raising that point’ can go a long way! Show them that you appreciate their contribution.
3. Stop talking and start listening
This is my number 1 rule to solve almost any problem.
The truth is, if you constantly dominate conversations, others won’t bother involving themselves. Why would they when they know they will not be part of a discussion? While there’ll be times when you need to speak, practice talking less and listening more.
These are three of the most straightforward strategies to get your team to speak up more often. I encourage you to give it a try as speaking up is an important part of any organisations culture and process of growth!
Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson