How To Make Suggestions Count at Work

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Suggestions Good/Suggestions Unwanted
It's up to the employee to determine whether or not their immediate supervisor is flexible enough to accept suggestions. Making unwanted suggestions to an inflexible supervisor can be a mine field from which there is no return. Once this determination has been confirmed, there are ways to make suggestions count at work. The key is efficiency and productivity. That's what gets most employees noticed. Employees with a natural bent for efficiency and productivity never announce their strengths; they are immediately apparent. The operative word is "strengths" when making suggestions at work. An employee who demonstrates these strengths is more likely to have credibility than one who creates a script for suggestions.

Suggestions At Work
Experience is the best teacher and also the best operative for better performance among a team of employees. When employees gain the needed experience in the performance of their duties, it's inevitable that eventually they will realize newer, more improved methods to complete tasks. This is where suggestions come into play. It's at the stage of experience where the job becomes their craft that suggestions can be offered if acceptable to management. Good management encourages suggestions rather than discouraging them. Suggestions often save time, money and materials needed to produce the product or service of the business. The key word is to "share" rather than "suggest". This is always more palatable and avoids prickly situations that certain members of management may not appreciate.

Suggest/Share, Be Brief and Be Appreciative
If you've discovered a way to build a better mouse trap that is more effective, marketable and appealing, share it with those you feel would most appreciate your ideas. Build upon the mouse trap of the present by sharing enhancements rather than total overhauls. Make the suggestions as brief as possible. Long-winded oratories of grandiose ideas only detract from your suggestions. Don't forget to thank those with whom you are sharing your suggestions at work. Being appreciative of their attention can only be a positive conclusion to your shared experience.

The Finale of Making Suggestions
The finale of making a suggestion should be that you can produce the ideas effectually as well as visually. It's more likely that a suggestion that has already been rehearsed will receive approval more quickly than one that goes untested and therefore, not approved for use. Don't make suggestions at work too frequently. This can detract from the best made suggestions and will be viewed by supervisors and managers as disproving of workflow management. It's always better to come up one or two terrific suggestions than a dozen that will most likely be ignored. Remind yourself your suggestions were offered with the best intentions. If they are not approved, it is not a personal reflection of your ideas.


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