#8 Seek Suggestions

Earlier this year, Positive Alternative Radio (PAR) proudly announced that it had been certified as a
Best Christian Workplace by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI). It is a high honor,
which is bestowed—or denied, based on the results of BCWI’s Engagement Survey.
Survey results are compiled from anonymous feedback submitted by the registered organization’s team members.

Here, we will look at the eighth highest ranking result—My organization seeks the suggestions of staff/employees—and
show you how to reflect those same positive values within your own organization.


Dear Christian Radio,

Seeking suggestions from team members is a positive value seen in healthy Christian organizations. These organizations know that it takes the collective team to produce the best ideas and solutions—improving their own ability to fulfill the shared mission and vision of the organization. As more organizations have discovered the value of true teamwork, many have shed the traditional, and often impersonal, use of terms like staff or employee. Instead, the moniker of “team member” has grown in popularity. This is a smart designation as it redefines the faceless individual employee into someone who is part of something much larger. We’ve learned firsthand that teams that work together toward a common goal are much stronger than individuals working separately toward a singular task. Teamwork matters; and when it allows for candid dialog, it can be remarkably effective.

The comment box was one of the earliest suggestion seeking tools implemented by businesses. A team member could write a suggestion on a piece of paper and it would be read at a later time by leadership. Today, the comment box comes in various forms—many of which are digital—but the results are the same. When an organization is genuine and sincere about listening to the suggestions of its team members, it becomes more open to new ideas and thus, begins to operate in a more effective way.

Seeking the suggestions of team members is a more personal and authentic way to create critical dialog from within an organization. However, it must be hard-coded into the organization’s culture to prove effective. The discipline of actively seeking suggestions should become standard operating procedure. Doing so does not require a physical comment box or even an online platform…it does, however, require a committed culture. Creating a culture that rewards candor and transparency will encourage innovation and promote equal ownership of your organization’s purpose, dreams, and goals. Do this, and you’ll start winning.

Dear Christian Radio…

  1. Create a culture that encourages a team mentality.
  2. Actively seek out the suggestions of all team members.
  3. Be authentic in your desire to listen to those suggestions.

 

ENCW –

David Hodges
Director of Engineering
Positive Alternative Radio

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