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Breaking the spiral of Silence in organizations – Results from our April 3 Think Tank

How to enable a culture in which employees feel free to speak up


Following earlier Think Tank that identified the need to break the circle of silence, we focused on “How to enable a culture in which employees feel free to speak up”

So what did we find out?

Company culture/management style plays a leading role. Respondents talked about a culture of trust, respect, transparency and empowerment. The absence of fear, blame and gossip is a must.

Also important is the development of skills and competencies: learning to address issues in a non-confrontational way, adopting open (non-defensive) attitudes and developing interpersonal skills that support teamwork and collaboration.

A third enabler concerns roles and responsibilities. Management has to ‘walk-the-talk’ by encouraging feedback and using it positively. Employees need to take responsibility for speaking up.

Interestingly, only 50% of the respondents claimed to be (very) comfortable with speaking up at work, There is still significant room for improvement.

Download the full report.

NEXT THINK TANK Wednesday 12 June 2019, 17-17.45 CEST (GMT+2)

The subject will be “How to contain the elements that can kill a ‘speak-up culture’ such as fear, blame and gossip”.