Employee Suggestion Box: Definition and Benefits

Employee Suggestion BoxWant to know one of the best ways to motivate employees?

Employee suggestion boxes give employees opportunities to participate in decision making at work. As a result, they feel empowered and assume more ownership of their work.

It may sound self-explanatory, but let’s define what an employee suggestion box is:

An employee suggestion box is a device for obtaining employee input – comments and suggestions – in hopes of improving internal processes and/or products. Employee suggestion boxes form the foundation of successful employee suggestion programs

Your employees’ suggestions can provide you with ideas & suggestions – big and small – to improve your organization via higher revenues, cost savings, better customer service, and more benefits.

Below are a few ways an employee suggestion box can help your organization…

Benefits of an Employee Suggestion Box:

  1. Deliver More Value for Customers. An employee suggestion program helps you know what customers want and how you can best deliver it to them.Winnebago Industries improved customer happiness by implementing an employee’s suggestion about speakers in their vehicles.
  2. Boost Employee Morale & Motivation. Effective employee suggestion programs can increase motivation, encourage teamwork among employees, and promote loyalty within the workplace. This can lead to a spike in employee morale and overall satisfaction.
  3. Increase Revenue. Employee ideas can help you find ways to increase company revenues. An employee at 3M came up with the idea of Post-It Notes – which has led to a lion’s share of $3.47 billion revenues posted by 3M’s business unit.
  4. Reduce Costs. Employees can generate ideas for your organization that can lead to great cost-savings. A Boardroom Inc.  employee came up with the idea to reduce the size of books so they could be posted at a lower rate. This saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

An employee suggestion box can be either a physical box (as shown in the picture above), or an online suggestion box. Online suggestion boxes can offer additional benefits over physical boxes.

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Leila Durmaz

Hello, I’m your author, Leila Durmaz. I spend a lot of my time researching the best practices for innovation management, and writing articles to share them. I hope you find them helpful! I work at Accompa – one of our products is IdeaGlow innovation management software.

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