Employee Engagement

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A central element of many innovation efforts is giving employees throughout the organization a way to participate. That can involve: Idea challenges or competitions; training programs; innovation “champion” networks; Hackathons or regular “demo days” for employee projects; or promoting innovation techniques or initiatives through various communication channels.

At the outset, the objective is often to drum up enthusiasm around innovation, or “change the culture” at an organization. But to endure over time, they must be seen as developing a new generation of leadership at the company, building useful skills, or helping to cultivate cost-saving or revenue-generating ideas.