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The MarvinHR De-Brief – Episode 5

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From Silos to Synergy, Breaking Down Barriers for Employee Voice

This episode delves into the critical concept of employee voice and its impact on engagement and retention. Employees who feel heard are more likely to be invested in their work, leading to a more prosperous and positive work environment.

The Importance of Input and Open Communication:

The podcast highlights the desire of high-voice employees to participate actively. They crave opportunities to provide input, speak up in meetings, and challenge the status quo with fresh ideas. This open communication translates to increased engagement, a critical factor in reducing employee turnover. Statistics show a dramatic 43% decrease in turnover for companies prioritising employee voice.

Feeling Heard Leads to Engaged Employees:

The podcast emphasises the strong correlation between employee voice and engagement. Engaged employees are three times more likely to report feeling heard than their disengaged counterparts. Even if voice isn’t the top priority for every employee, fostering a culture where everyone feels heard is crucial. Note that only 1 in 4 employees think honestly heard at work, underscoring the need for change.

The Dangers of Silencing Voices:

The podcast also explores the negative consequences of stifling employee voice. A previous role with a top-down management style serves as a cautionary tale. When a concern about employee mistreatment was raised, the owner attempted to silence the voice, leading to fear and low morale.

Catering to Different Needs:

The podcast acknowledges junior staff might prioritise learning and development over actively voicing opinions. However, it emphasises that everyone must feel heard, regardless of career stage, especially when safety concerns them.

Empowering Your Workforce:

By concluding with the importance of employee voice in safety situations, the podcast encourages listeners to create a workplace where everyone feels comfortable speaking up. This fosters a culture of trust, innovation, and a thriving workplace.

Your Hosts

Saarrah Mathinthiran

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Mathinthiran

Nick Marvin

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Marvin

Ella Barwood

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