Motivating Employees’ Ideas through Rejection

Posted 6 years ago

According to a recent study conducted by the Rotterdam School of Manage at Erasmus University, employees who have their proposals rejected are more likely to come back with more ideas.

The research included 1,800 suggestions left in employers’ online suggestion boxes across 12 years. Those workers who had their ideas rejected were motivated to submit further suggestions and the pattern continued until they were able to submit an average of 27 ideas.

Assistant professor Dirk Deichmann of Erasmus University said that giving focused feedback encourages workers with unsuccessful ideas to offer more successful suggestion in the future.

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