This article was written by Polly Wardrop, Senior Analyst, FSCB Insights Using data from our annual Employee Survey, we have spoken previously about the challenge of improving the experiences of employees with a...Read more
Year on year, approximately one quarter of surveyed employees report fearing negative consequences if they raised concerns about the way they work.
When we asked employees who had raised a concern at work about their experience, less than half reported feeling that they were listened to and taken seriously. A positive voice climate, when there is a widespread belief that speaking up is both effective and safe, is central to a culture of continuous improvement.In a firm where different views are encouraged, respected and listened to, such views will be offered, and the organisation as a whole will be better placed to learn more quickly, catch problems earlier and enhance both its competitiveness and its appeal as an employer. Speaking Up and Listening is a critical focus for the BSB and through our Assessment, Insights and Policy work, we work to generate novel insights in this area and share good practice on how to encourage these behaviours and embed them in the workplace.