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Speak Up: 5 Things Your Boss Wants to Hear You Say

Speak Up: 5 Things Your Boss Wants to Hear You Say
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Though you may think otherwise, your boss wants to hear your ideas.

Although only three-quarters of employees think their employers value their opinions, their bosses tell a different story, according to new research from Randstad US.

Nearly all of the bosses surveyed said they value the thoughts and ideas of their staff, with 73 percent believing their company would be more successful if it listened even more to employee feedback.

Jim Link, chief human resources officer for Randstad North America, said a healthy boss-employee relationship is essential to not only career happiness, but also the company's bottom line. [7 Fictional TV Bosses We Wish Were Real ]

"Our study found that employers truly believe their company would be more successful if they listened to employees' ideas and feedback more often," Link said in a statement. "After all, communication is key to discovering what drives employees, enhances morale and improves employee retention."

Randstad has uncovered five things bosses wish their employees would be more open to saying to them:

  • "I want to demonstrate that I'm capable of doing more." In order to better understand their employees' goals, managers want their staff members to feel comfortable discussing their career aspirations. This will allow companies to develop better career paths for their workers.When employees speak up about their goals, their managers should create benchmarks for success and hold employees accountable for taking the steps to meet those expectations.
  • "I have a solution to a problem we have." Becausesome of the best ideas to boost performance, innovation and company culture come from the employees themselves, company leaders need to create an environment where workers feel free to share their ideas on how to solve workplace problems.
  • "I'm looking to strengthen my skill set." To grow professionally, employees should speak up about their desire for more opportunities to attend conferences and workshops, or pursue degree programs that complement their skill sets. In addition to giving those opportunities when they ask for them, managers can also aid their employees' growth bykeeping an eye out for projects in which they think their employees would thrive and excel.
  • "I'm ready to move my career forward, and I'm considering other opportunities." Although employees may be hesitant to tell their boss they are thinking of leaving, it's beneficial when they do. When employees say they are considering a change, managers have the chance to show them any growth opportunities that exist within the company. This helps retain valuable workers that can boost the company's bottom line, and helps earn loyalty from employees who feel their boss truly cares about their success.
  • "I have some ideas on how to improve staff morale." Because even well-intentioned managers can overlook some workplace problems, it's up to employees to bring forward any issues or suggest solutions for improvements. Randstad says employees should encourage their bosses to create more engagement surveys for the staff or to facilitate more discussions with their team.

The study was based on surveys of more than 2,000 employees and 500 employers in the United States.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.