How to Ensure Your Team’s Voice is Heard

Activism
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Employees are focusing more on making the world a better place, whether starting in their own backyard, or even their workplace. Experts define this trend of raising awareness as the arrival of the age of purpose, one in which employees want and will make themselves be heard.

Activism can be perceived as a taboo concept by those who feel the need to stay in control and worry about a disruption to the status quo. However, giving employees the right platform to stand up for their rights is an empowering opportunity for those who want a bold change for the better.

The Rise of Employee-Led Activism

Employees not only care more about feeling good, but they also want to do good and share it with their peers. Corporate activism allows employees to share their goals and develop leadership capabilities, regardless of any hierarchical structure implemented.

A company is an intricate machine in which all the links are connected and the disruption of its balance affects it as a whole. Hence the importance of creating the proper channels for your team to voice their thoughts and concerns in order to develop employee sustainability and wellness at the workplace.

The Perfect Setup

Henry Albrecht, CEO at Limeade Inc, is of the opinion that the goal here is to create a platform and the conditions in which employees can be heard “regularly, intentionally and with empathy” by their leaders and HR teams. The result is a quicker approach to identifying areas that require improvement, but can also enhance employee engagement strategies from the core.

Here are some essential ideas that every HR team needs to keep in mind in order to manage corporate activism successfully and leverage from its individual approach:
Embrace and encourage activism: Constructive criticism will broaden your perspective and give you a clearer vision of what your company needs to grow to its full potential.
Be clear and open about goals: Keeping open communication channels with your workforce will make them feel acknowledged and more accountable for their work. Make your team part of the solution to your problems and the strategy to your success.
Cultivate an open-door policy: Find out what matters to your workers and be proactive and open to improving those areas that need some revision.
Be prepared: Stay on your toes and be ready to act if the situation calls for it. Being aware of how your employees are feeling and what goals they aim to achieve will put you on higher ground and allow you to react more quickly and effectively.

Final Thoughts

Having a balanced system where employees’ voices can be heard, should be encouraged. However, as our very own HR expert Evelyne Lafond says, a simple suggestion box is not enough, employees need effective channels to convey their concerns and see results.

Make sure you keep the conversation going and your mind open. The goal of activism should not be to interfere with workflow. On the contrary, it should aim to improve and promote organizational goals and still consider your workforce’s feedback and well-being.

Grace Cattini
Content Editor & Copywriter