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What Is Idea Management?
Idea management is the process by which a team keeps track of ideas that employees have about a particular project, whether the result of brainstorming and collaboration, or just offhand thoughts. Having a specific area designated for ideas improves project outcomes by ensuring that everyone has an easy way to contribute, and creating a tangible mechanism by which new concepts can be fleshed out and incorporated into the work being done.
Problem: Keeping Ideas Coordinated
In most companies, projects are implemented through in-person meetings and coordinated over email, which makes it easy for ideas to be lost in the shuffle, and can limit participation in projects to people who are in the same office or department.
This approach limits project input to a narrow scope of perspectives, and can mean that teams are losing out on the inspiration that fresh eyes can bring. Furthermore, even when a team manages to have a great brainstorming session and come up with a new set of plans, those plans might wind up ultimately being lost because they weren’t recorded in an actionable way.
Let’s say I’ve got a strategy idea, and I’m not sure if it’s the right way to go. I’ll start a document, invite people to collaborate on it, we’ll share ideas, we’ll see the edits and revisions, and then at the end we’ll have a fantastic document because it’s not just me doing it, it’s a whole team with their expertise.
-Phil Ward, Market Manager for Data Centers, HUBER+SUHNER
Solution: Bring Ideas To Life Digitally
The MangoApps ideas management module is designed around finding, organizing, and supporting outstanding ideas. Employees can submit ideas into predesignated campaign areas that focus on a specific project, goal, or task at hand. Keeping things organized this way improves the product delivery process and helps focus resources on the right projects, as well as delivering visibility to stakeholders.
Orderly idea management means employees have a specific space to share ideas and are encouraged to do so, as well as seeing and supporting thoughts from coworkers. Users can upvote and add feedback to each other’s ideas, and ultimately, projects wind up stronger through the spirit of collaboration that this mindset fosters.
How To Share Ideas:
To share a new idea, or start a new idea campaign, make sure the Ideas Module section is enabled in your platform. Next, select the ideas icon from the left-hand navigation bar.
To start a new campaign, select the 'New Campaign' button and then fill in the accompanying details.
To start a new idea, select the 'Post An Idea' button. You’ll want to give your idea a title, assign it to a specific team, and then outline whatever it is you have in mind.
After an idea is posted, users can add comments, view changes, or show support by upvoting their favorite ideas.