Most Employees Claim To Make Workplace Suggestions

PHILADELPHIA, PA — February 16, 2011 – Employees say they frequently offer suggestions in the workplace, according to a Right Management online survey. In fact, a majority of the 388 surveyed claim to make 20 or more suggestions each year, and another quarter between 10 and 20. Right Management is the talent and career management expert within Manpower, the global leader in innovative workforce solutions.

The findings are consistent with past research by the firm and are an indication that most employees want to be helpful, said Douglas Matthews, President and Chief Operating Officer at Right Management. “There is a prevailing concern amongst senior leadership about disengaged employees during these turbulent times. This quick poll shows employees seem to believe they are overflowing with good ideas, and employers would be wise to leverage such enthusiasm.”

How often do you offer suggestions at work?

More than 20 suggestions each year 54%
Between 10 and 20 each year 25%
Fewer than 10 each year 15%
I don’t offer suggestions at work 6%

“Employees really want to be heard,” said Matthews. “In practice, they may not offer nearly so many actual suggestions, but they genuinely want to contribute over and beyond the job requirements. We’ve found that it’s to an employer’s advantage to channel this enthusiasm and cultivate contributions from all levels of the organization that can make a real difference to the business.”

Right Management’s research on employee contribution has found that women are more likely to make suggestions than men, and older employees more likely than younger ones.
Sales people and human resources professionals are the most pro-active functions when it comes to proposing solutions.

Right Management analyzed responses from 388 individuals via an online poll conducted in December 2010 and January 2011.

About Right Management

Right Management ( is the talent and career management expert within Manpower, the global leader in innovative workforce solutions. Right Management helps clients win in the changing world of work by designing and executing workforce solutions that align talent strategy with business strategy. Our expertise spans Talent Assessment, Leader Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Employee Engagement, and Workforce Transition and Outplacement. With offices in over 50 countries, Right Management partners with companies of all sizes. More than 80% of Fortune 500 companies are currently working with us to help them grow talent, reduce costs and accelerate performance.

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