NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- There's an idea that the Great American Worker is content to plow through a nine-to-five day, keep his or her head down and serve more as an instrument than as an idea generator in the workplace, since the really great ideas come from the executive suites, the so-called "C-Level" offices.
Workers don't see things that way.
Instead, employees today see themselves as "idea people" -- as entrepreneurs in the workplace, ready to step up and handle project initiatives from start to finish (especially on projects stemming from their own ideas and input.)
But those cubicle creators believe corporate America doesn't want to hear their ideas and doesn't see workforce members as entrepreneurs.
New York-based Accenture did a study called Corporate Innovation Is Within Reach: Nurturing and Enabling An Entrepreneurial Culture in which it reports that 52% of U.S. employees say they have brought a good idea to the table inside their companies, but only 20% said there was enough support from management to develop that idea.
In reality, it's a Catch-22 for entrepreneurial-minded staffers, with 77% of employees saying the only way they can get an in idea executed is to prove it works -- but management won't let ideas proceed until they work.
That conundrum keeps a lot of good initiatives in the lockbox, workers believe, with few incentives to fight the system and get good ideas off the ground.
There are other roadblocks, as well, as 36% of U.S. workers say there is a built-in obstacle to staff-generated projects: Management keeps them "too busy" to take the thought time needed to develop a really great idea.