Perhaps you are familiar with Heinrich’s Law and the safety pyramid:
Conceived in 1931, the idea linked near-misses to serious injuries, demonstrating that you can reduce serious injuries by addressing the risk of small accidents. It revolutionized how people think about safety.
There is a similar pyramid for ideas. The number at the base varies for each person but my pyramid looks like this:
In other words, I need about 10 bad ideas before I have a really good one.
Do your employees feel safe to have bad ideas?
For employers, both pyramids argue in favor of safety — one physical, the other psychological.