Capture Hundreds of Cost Cutting Ideas and Performance Improvement Ideas from Your Workforce
The Employee Suggestion Campaign Implementation Kit Includes the Following:
The Facilitator Guide is the heart and soul of how to run a successful Bright Ideas Campaign. We provide a complete day-by-day, step-by-step plan of action. The Guide shows how to organize the Campaign and how to get the support and cooperation of everyone needed to make it a success. The entire Campaign can be coordinated by a member of your staff. The Facilitator Guide includes instructions for planning and launching a three-week, intensive Campaign to involve all your employees. Once the Campaign is over, it can revert to an ongoing employee suggestion program.
See first hand how it generated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cost savings ideas in one organization and totally transformed the morale and motivation of its workforce. You will hear from the HR manager, Idea Leader, project manager and the Director of Continuous Improvement.
We provide you both a CD and downloadable files containing three different sets of PowerPoint slides that outline the BIC process. The slides make it simple and easy to train your Idea Team, Implementation Team and your employees. We also include MS Word documents making your Campaign easy and simple.
Coaching and Employee Suggestion Program Management
We will provide you and your team an orientation and planning conference call on how to initiate, customize and manage your Campaign for the best possible results.
Use Our Bright Ideas Campaign to:
- Initiate a highly effective, high energy and motivating suggestion program
- Drive employee engagement
- Give your current suggestion program a shot-in-the-arm
- Target specific aspects of your business such as process improvement, safety, employee retention, cost reduction, or customer satisfaction
- Identify ways to cut costs
- Improve communication
- Increase worker motivation and employee engagement
- Get 100% participation from the bottom of the organization to the top
- Support your Kaizen and/or CIP program
I Created the Bright Ideas Campaign for Three Important Reasons
First — I wanted to create an effective and fail-safe way for businesses to identify ways to cut costs, waste and to improve organizational productivity. Many of the Campaigns we have run have saved employers thousands, if not millions of dollars in cost saving ideas. Each person at work has tremendous potential. They all have good ideas about improving their job and the organization as a whole.
Second — I wanted to create a powerful employee suggestion program to allow employees to feel they had a sense of ownership and pride. There is no better way to drive employee engagement and motivate people than to ask for their ideas and suggestions. I used to work for the Federal government and I still remember how frustrating it was fighting the bureaucracy. Trying to get a new idea implemented was frustrating –like pulling teeth. After fighting that experience, I knew there had to be an easier and more effective way to get ideas implemented.
That experience was the genesis of the “Campaign” process. The Campaign is designed to cut through the typical bureaucracy, sign-off, turfdoms and inertia present in businesses and organizations.
Third — I wanted a program that generated powerful results at an affordable cost. We can also custom design a Campaign to meet your specific needs, but I am finding many organizations only need the kit, so they can run the Campaign themselves. The secret of success is the step-by-step process I have developed over the past 30 years. I have developed a guaranteed process to capture hundreds of valuable employee suggestions and cost-cutting ideas from your workforce.
Validated and Proven to Work
During the past 30 years, I have worked with hundreds of organizations in designing employee suggestion programs and employee engagement programs. Years ago, I was responsible for creating an employee suggestion program for an organization of 72,000 people. As a Board Member of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, I had the opportunity to examine and evaluate how leading organizations use their Employee Suggestion Systems (ESS) to produce results. I trained managers at Yamaha and learned how they drive continuous improvement with their Kaizen process. Because of our experience and success, Japan sent a delegation to the U.S. to learn about innovation and employee suggestion programs so they could apply it to their businesses in Japan. As a result, I have taken what I have learned and created the most effective way to boost innovation and capture thousands of valuable ideas and suggestions from your workforce.
The Ideas Campaign is a Dynamic Improvement Over Typical Employee Suggestion Program
Studies Show Most Suggestion Systems Fail to Work. Why?
Employees have learned most suggestions just sit in the box and go unanswered. Then, there is this situation that occurred recently. A company president sent an email to all his employees asking them to send him their ideas.
Employees responded and sent in dozens of ideas and suggestions. The president was impressed, but overwhelmed. Because there was no infrastructure and process in place to evaluate and implement the ideas, most of the suggestions withered and died along with the attitudes and trust of his employees.
The Idea Campaign is Powerful and Fast
The Bright Ideas Campaign is a streamlined and powerful variant to typical suggestion programs. With many suggestion box programs, results are sporadic and slow. Many good ideas get screened out, lay dormant, or are overlooked and ignored by management. On the other hand, this high intensity Campaign generates hundreds of ideas in three weeks or less.
The Bright Ideas Campaign is designed to focus on specific improvement opportunities. Employees are asked to submit ideas on one or more of these areas:
1. Cost reduction
2. Continuous improvement
3. Problem identification
4. Customer retention and satisfaction
5. New product and service generation
6. Safety improvement
The goal is to get one idea from each person during each week of the Campaign. Supervisors cannot say “no” to any idea. Each one is evaluated and every participant receives instant recognition for the idea they submit. After the initial three-week period, employees continue to provide ideas and suggestions for continuous improvement.
Expect 100% Employee Participation!
The Bright Ideas Campaign emphasizes one principle — focus on your job and look for as many improvements as possible.
By doing this, you accomplish three things:
1. You allow everyone to get involved and thereby create a receptive atmosphere for change, innovation and continuous improvement.
2. You open communication channels, build trust and identify opportunities for changes for the better
3. The ideas motivate and energize larger ideas with greater impact.
Build Teamwork and Employee Engagement
It is this receptive atmosphere that allows ideas to become improvement realities. The same people who last month may have ignored requests for co-operation are now enthusiastic and team oriented. Things get done faster than ever before. Communication on all levels improves and bottlenecks are unplugged.
The goal is to get people to look at their jobs, work together, and communicate in a collaborative manner. Employees are asked to suggest cost saving ideas and ideas to improve quality and customer satisfaction. It is important to get people to consider even the smallest ideas that can improve the overall organization.
Over 30 years of research and experience in suggestion and employee involvement programs went into creating this system.
Boost Employee Motivation and Employee Engagement
Do you remember the last time someone thanked you for your ideas? How did it make you feel? Just imagine if you could multiply that powerful feeling to all of your workforce?
This Campaign has a proven track record in hundreds of companies. If you follow the guide carefully, you can insure a tremendous result, both in the quality and quantity of ideas and the subsequent motivation of your workforce.
Innovate Your Organization
There are many reasons to run a Bright Ideas Campaign. Whether you are trying to cut costs or improve job satisfaction, this Campaign will bring in hundreds of new ideas and innovation.
Your workforce has good ideas–they want to be engaged and involved. This Campaign is one of the most effective ways to capture their ideas and suggestions.
Idea Campaigns have many uses. Companies use this Campaign to kick off a new program or a new way of doing business. The Campaign drives involvement and commitment from the lowest parts of the business to the top. The ideas your front-line workers submit will not only be worth millions of dollars in cost savings, but also generate a positive change in attitude toward your company.
Nine Important Reasons to Implement a Bright Ideas Campaign
1) Become an Employee Engagement Hero!
The results generated from this Campaign are so powerfully successful you will gain the admiration and respect from those in your business.
2) Revitalize Your Current Employee Suggestion Program
The Campaign can be used to complement your current Kaizen process, other suggestion program or used as a stand-a-lone program.
3) Build Teamwork and Enhance Communication
Many organizations say this is more like a motivation program than anything else. It helps to tear down barriers between departments, stimulates creativity, and improves communication. One person told me, “I now know my company cares. They asked me for my ideas!”
4) Improve Collaboration — Tear Down Walls and Barriers
Do you ever get frustrated because departments/sections don’t work with each other? This program is designed to work cross-functionally. It helps you identify barriers and conflicts that inhibit productivity and communication. It does it in a non-threatening, non “finger pointing” way.
5) Cost Savings
Organizations with active employee suggestion programs report the average savings from employee ideas is more than $1,000 per year, per employee. An effectively run Campaign can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost savings ideas from your employees.
6) Easy to Implement
Our proven process, detailed instructions and guidelines provide a foolproof system for you to launch a successful suggestion and employee involvement program.
7) Capture High Levels of Employee Participation
No other program available will get people as excited and engaged as this one. If you follow the directions and guidelines we can guarantee you will get ideas from every employee in your organization.
8) Boost Employee Morale
When you encourage employees to share their ideas…and when the employees participate in implementing their ideas…their morale goes up. This improves productivity and lowers costly employee turnover.
9) Self-Contained Program
Everything you need to start a high-powered suggestion and employee Campaign is provided. The only things you may add are the prizes and awards to give out to your employees.
Idea Tracking Software System: Our optional online suggestion software provides your organization a complete digital platform to submit, track, evaluate, manage and reward idea/suggestion submitters. The platform is a one stop solution allowing easy participation. Click here for more information.
Coaching and Campaign Management: We will provide you and your team an orientation and planning conference call on how to initiate, customize and manage your Campaign for the best possible results.
Proven Track Record With Significant Results
- Improve customer satisfaction
- Creates a feeling of empowerment
- Improves job satisfaction and employee engagement
- Creates ownership and trust
- Captures hundreds of new ideas in 3-4 weeks
- 30-40% of the ideas generated can be implemented immediately by front-line supervisors
- Improves motivation and morale
- Reduces costs
- Improves internal communication
- Creates a positive attitude
- Improves profitability
- Results pay for the cost of the program
- Low risk, high payoff
- The Hartford Hospital received 495 ideas from 168 employees
- The U.S. Army got 530 ideas in 3 weeks from 200 people
- Eaton Corporation gained 944 ideas from 113 people reaching 100% participation
- Parker Hannifin Corporation got 499 ideas from 103 employees
- National Semiconductor saved $3,600,000 using idea Campaigns
- The U.S. Park Service made over 12,000 suggestions with an approval rate of 75 percent
- WIKA captured over 1600 ideas from 600 employees in 3 weeks. One suggestion was worth over $125,000 in cost savings.
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