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10 reasons why procrastination in innovation is bad for employee satisfaction

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

procrastination in innovation

Image: Are you satisfied with your company's approach to innovation management?

Every company wants to be innovative or at least appear so nowadays. But what happens when necessary changes and innovations are downplayed, delayed, or even internally blocked? This not only affects the future market competitiveness of the company but also the satisfaction of employees as the most important resource. Whether it's about the value the company brings through products or services, or through more contemporary processes, flexible work (xWork) and current tools. Decreasing employee satisfaction is a leading indicator of expected customer dissatisfaction. From frustration and demotivation to the loss of talents - the impacts can be severe.

Here are 10 reasons why procrastination in innovation is bad for your employee satisfaction and employer branding:

1. Frustration: Engaged employees become frustrated. They want to use current tools and find innovative solutions to problems, constantly striving for improvement. If the company doesn't support this, employees can become disappointed and frustrated.

2. Demotivation: Blocking innovations can lead employees to feel that their ideas for the company's future are not important or relevant. This can result in lower motivation, as employees may feel that their work lacks significance.

3. Boredom: Without innovations, employees may feel stuck in their work and unable to progress in the long run. Lack of development...

4. Lower Job Satisfaction: Without innovations, employees may feel that their work is not meaningful or purposeful. Those who advocate for new or hybrid ways of working must also allow for this from a leadership perspective and provide the necessary infrastructure. This can lead to employee dissatisfaction and a search for other opportunities.

5. Reduced Creativity: Blocking innovations can cause employees' creativity to stagnate. Innovative solutions require creative ideas and approaches, and blocking innovations can lead to a decline in employees' creativity.

«Customers will never love a company until its employees love it first.» Simon Sinek

6. Decreased Job Security: If the company is not innovative enough, it can lead to reduced job security. New companies may enter the market and better fulfill customers' needs than existing companies, leading to a loss of importance for the company.

7. Lower Employer Rating: When employees feel that they work for a non-innovative company, it can result in a lower rating. Existing and new talents want to work for a future-oriented and progressive company.

8. Reduced Learning Opportunities: Innovations offer employees the chance to learn new skills and personal development. If the company blocks innovations, employees may feel they cannot acquire new skills and that their career opportunities are limited.

9. Lower Employee Retention: When employees feel that the company ignores innovations, it can lead to lower retention in the company. They want to work for a company that supports their career development and offers opportunities for growth.

10. Loss of Talents: Blocking innovations can cause talented employees to leave the company. Innovative employees want to work for a company that values and supports their ideas and innovations..


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