Transforming Corporate Culture: Fueling Employee Engagement and Innovation

Fueling Innovation and Employee Engagement


In today’s competitive landscape, fostering a strong corporate culture is crucial. This culture should encourage innovation and drive employee engagement. However, voicing ideas in a corporate workspace can be stressful, especially when cultural norms work against you.

A Harvard Business Review article reveals that 55% of executives, in India, prioritize consensus over critical evaluation of ideas(The Informed Sheep), stumping innovation. Furthermore, India’s high score of 77 on Hofstede’s cultural dimension​ (GraduateWay), reflects a hierarchical society where open dissent from subordinates is less common, impacting employee engagement.

The result? A stifled flow of ideas and a disengaged workforce. But there’s a solution! By building a speak-up culture, you can empower employees, unleash innovation, and drive employee engagement to new heights.

The Fallout

  • Low Employee Engagement: Gallup reports that only 33% of Indian employees feel engaged at work, suggesting a reluctance to voice their opinions.
  • Hindered Innovation: A survey by EY reveals that 48% of Indian employees believe hierarchical structures impede effective decision-making and innovation.
  • Psychological Safety: Only 40% of Indian employees feel psychologically safe at work, a critical factor for high performance.

One effective way to address these challenges is by initiating a speak-up culture.

What is Speak-Up Culture?

A “speak-up culture” is a workplace environment where employees feel comfortable speaking their minds, sharing their ideas, and raising concerns without fear of negative consequences​ (GraduateWay). The benefits of having a speak-up culture include:

  • Increased Innovation: Employees in a speak-up culture are 3.5 times more likely to contribute their full innovative potential​ (The Informed Sheep).
  • Higher Engagement: Organizations with a speak-up culture see improved engagement and lower turnover, with employees being 92% more likely to want to stay​ (The Informed Sheep).
  • Enhanced Communication: Despite its importance, only 13.6% of employees consistently share their thoughts and opinions about work issues with their managers​ (The Informed Sheep).

The following are some ways you can enable a speak-up culture in your team/ organization.

Leveraging Breakthrough’s Training Programs

At Breakthrough, we offer customized programs tailored to your team’s needs. Our training methods, including outbound training, are more impactful than traditional sessions. By simulating real workplace scenarios, our programs help teams break down their experiences and connect them to their professional lives during debrief sessions.

Our Focus Areas

  • Enhancing Team Dynamics: Through experiential learning and engaging activities.
  • Promoting Open Dialogue: Encouraging employees to voice their opinions and engage in healthy debates.
  • Building Psychological Safety: Creating an environment where employees feel safe to express their ideas.


Building a speak-up culture is essential for fostering innovation and engagement in the workplace. Outbound training can be a powerful tool in your corporate training strategy, helping to develop leadership skills and break down cultural barriers in a less daunting manner. Breakthrough’s outbound training programs can help your team overcome these challenges, enhance communication, and create a more dynamic and inclusive work environment.

The following testimonial illustrates how Eureka, a new hire, was able to form a unique bond with her managers through Breakthrough’s training program. This experience not only facilitated her transition into her new role but also created a safe space for her to express herself and feel secure in her workplace.

“Within the second day of joining my job, I was here at Breakthrough and saw a very different face of my managers. I played shuttle with them, and basketball with them. It was a whole different experience for me. You don’t get that opportunity every day and I hold that memory very close to my heart.”