- It’s easy to overlook great ideas when you’re caught up in your day-to-day work. Here’s how to create a workplace where great ideas can thrive.
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In the days before Apple, an engineer pitched the idea for a personal computer five times to his employer, Hewlett Packard. Each time, they rejected his idea. That engineer, Steve Wozniak, went on to found Apple with fellow innovator Steve Jobs.
Wozniak wasn’t the first person to have his brilliant idea rejected, and he certainly won’t be the last. The thing is, companies often lack the right infrastructure or approach to recognize the actual merits of their employees’ ideas.
There are, however, things you can do to create workplaces that reward your employees’ creative efforts. But first: what causes companies to overlook smart innovations in the first place?
WHY WE SOMETIMES OVERLOOK GREAT IDEAS
For starters, many organizations don’t have a system for employees to submit their proposals. A study by Accenture found that a whopping 72 percent of companies have no formalized process to review and evaluate their employees’ ideas.