His idea was later developed into the Prime program. Want to Discuss This With Me? One, big creative vision that results in a revolutionary new product that turns your company into a legend is worth far more than 1000s of ideas sitting in a database and 100% participation in your suggestion scheme. Develop a launch plan to create that initial buzz. A Boardroom employee came up with the idea to slightly reduce the size of books so they could be posted at a lower rate. Provide clear instructions Be upfront with employees and post clear instructions on how they should go about submitting their suggestions, as well as what is going to be done with every submission that you receive. Some that are likely to be included are ideas that produce savings, increased productivity, revenue and morale.
This is because some of these employees still want to be credited for an idea that may just help the company head toward success. There are three crucial factors in managing a successful scheme — plan, listen and action. Two types of teams usually exist in a successful organization Pascal, 2007. This is why it is best to know the name of the employee who suggested the idea, but give that same employee the option to either remain anonymous or publicly announce that he or she was the person behind the idea. However, those ideas will be all over the place, you will see numerous duplicate ideas and a high percentage of ideas will be irrelevant to current business needs. One unusual idea was to. Indeed, the amount of administrative time required to process ideas is probably the number one killer of suggestion schemes.
Keep the channel open and flowing Designate an administrator for employee suggestions, who will ensure the process moves at a steady pace. Inform everyone that their experiences and ideas for improving the system will be solicited during the testing period. Employee Concern Suggestion Form Tips for setting up a successful employee suggestion program Adding an employee suggestion form to your suggestion program is a great way for you to get new ideas that will help your company. Allow everyone to take naps in the gliding chair in the lactation room. No matter how well thought out, the incentive and reinforcement matrix will need to be improved as the system evolves.
Worse, they will be right. The faster you can respond to them, the better. Other users, seeing all those votes, are likely to feel that submitting similar ideas will win them votes too. Use a standard form that asks a few basic questions about the idea. Focus Creative Thinking on Goals If you just set up a software to capture ideas and promote it, you may succeed in capturing a lot of ideas. Van Dijk, Christian and Jan van de Ende.
Moreover, even if you ask people privately so that they cannot see how others have responded what they believe to be the best ideas, most people will chose incremental improvement ideas over truly creative ideas. What makes this Campaign so successful is the the step-by-step process I have developed. A dynamic structure is necessary for a suggestion system to be effective. An annual celebration is organized to recognize outstanding employees and sites. During the three-week Campaign we captured: -140 ideas from 59 people during the first week -140 ideas from 49 people during the second week and -189 ideas from 49 people during the third week. Fortunately, I have also learned some other things that I believe you will find more useful.
They needed to spread the word about a new scheme. But offering substantial cash rewards for great ideas will result in worse ideas than offering smaller, empowering rewards. Decision of first reviewer ¥1,000 or less Mark only one award amount. You can set aside one morning for a breakfast meeting, where every employee is asked to submit at least one of their own ideas. Make your intentions known Right from the very beginning, you have to stress that you want these employees to provide constructive and results-oriented suggestions.
Define success factors for sustaining a suggestion system Copyrights of all the pictures used in this presentation are held by their respective owners. Quite a lot, it seems. If employees are already cultivating new ideas in meetings, dealing with them directly will be the most beneficial. A suggestion tree describes potential suggestion sources and how they would be submitted. Temporary teams are created to address a particular challenge or opportunity. I used to make and market an idea management software called , which I have since sold in order to focus on writing, speaking and doing workshops.
What Toyota is doing is counter to the inclinations of a traditional company. Then it is probably best that you provide a brief justification of the kind of ideas they should write in the form. Examples of Ideas for Improvement 12. Known as a staff suggestion scheme, it is a great way to make sure knowledge flows up and down the chain of command. List out the type of ideas that you would like the employees to submit, with a couple of examples that can serve as a reference for each idea.
A suggestion system only works if it is part of an integrated effort to create a continuous improvement culture. Asking for complex information will just end up reducing the number of ideas that the employee could have submitted. Liker, Jeffry and James Franz. Otherwise, people will not stick their necks out by offering any more suggestions that could be implemented. They can rally the troops to get involved, help with securing budget and influence others when it comes to pushing chosen ideas through. Do the same with your employees.