According to Alan G. Robinson, a professor in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the
average U.S. worker sees his or her input implemented only once every six years. This is despite the having the opportunity to contribute ideas.
The most innovative companies do not merely comb the executive ranks for ideas on how to cut costs and create new products and services.. More companies have begun to realize the value of their workers’ ideas as a result of the emergence of innovation-management programs such as BrainBank, InnoCentive and Spigit, which help firms set up innovation systems for employees to enter contests, submit ideas and vote on the input of co-workers.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, which launched an idea-management website called iPlace two years ago, has received more than 3,300 new ideas, and has implemented 140;
Bruce Power in Ontario, Canada, which uses special kiosks in its plant, says some of the 11,000 ideas submitted over the past three years have led to millions of dollars in cost-savings.
A monetary reward might not be an effective way to encourage submissions because most people will be driven by a real desire to make their work easier or cut through hassle, adds Robinson.
Troyer Foods wants to make submitting ideas so ingrained at the Goshen, Ind., wholesale food distributor that it becomes “part of the job expectation and part of the performance review,” says CEO Becky Ball-Miller.
Great ideas can
come from unexpected places.
Would like help getting more ideas from your employees or some strategies to boost to your performance contact Mary Hladio, (513) 984-9333 for a 30-minute complimentary consultation to discuss a success plan.
Wall Street Journal (10/17/11) Silverman, Rachel Emma