Top 10 Ways To Kill Your Idea Program


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Top 10 Ways To Kill Your Idea Program

  1. 1. Top 10 ! Ways to kill employee ideas !!!
  2. 2. Tip # 1! Call it a Suggestion Program! “Suggestions” implies that !quot; someone else needs to act.! An effective idea program !quot; enables the Supervisor and employee to work together to implement improvements.! The “Cycle of Respect” is !quot; established as Supervisors and employees solve problems together.!
  3. 3. Tip # 2! Form a Blue Ribbon committee! Using a committee to evaluate !quot; and approve every idea is a sure way to slow your idea program to a standstill.! Those closest to the work are !quot; usually best suited to evaluate, approve and implement an idea.! Well designed guidelines can !quot; prevent inappropriate ideas from being implemented.!
  4. 4. Tip # 3 ! Focus only on big “home run” ideas! A well designed idea program is !quot; focused on training every employee to see improvements both big and small in every aspect of their work! Home run ideas often require major !quot; changes that consume your organizations time and effort to analyze, approve and implement.! The thousands of “base hit” ideas !quot; that exist in every job are usually easy to understand and quickly implement - adding up to big overall improvements.!
  5. 5. Tip # 4! Motivate by Cash Only! Studies have shown that !quot; employees are eager to offer ideas - they don’t need to be bribed. ! Employees are motivated by both !quot; extrinsic (cash) and intrinsic motivation (recognition, self- actualization, feeling fulfilled)!
  6. 6. Tip # 5! Link Rewards to Savings! Linking financial rewards to an !quot; idea’s savings almost always leads to disputes and discouragement.! Linking an idea’s savings to the !quot; reward involves the added overhead of detailed tracking, auditing, verifying and approvals.! Recognition and small rewards for !quot; participation and effort are enough to keep your program going.!
  7. 7. Tip # 6! Allow anonymous ideas! An idea program’s greatest !quot; value is in creating an environment where employees and supervisors work together to achieve success. ! Anonymous ideas defeat the !quot; the purpose of using an idea system to coach and develop people.!
  8. 8. Tip # 7! Allow ideas to backlog! Ironically, asking for a larger !quot; number of small ideas (base hits) over fewer big ideas usually allows for easier and quicker implementation. A “just do it” ethic begins to take hold.! Having a system that reminds !quot; supervisors and managers that there are open ideas is a great way to keep ideas moving.!
  9. 9. Tip # 8! Fail to promote and support your idea program! An idea system should be a !quot; key component of your continuous improvement and employee engagement initiatives.! Supervisors and managers !quot; need support and training in how to become “idea coaches”.! Having key measurements of !quot; participation and impact help to fine tune your program.!
  10. 10. Tip # 9! Jump in without clear guidelines! An idea program needs to !quot; focus on correcting process problems and implementing improvement ideas! Guidelines are needed to !quot; encourage employees to focus on the work they know best - their own.! Proper guidelines help to !quot; eliminate inappropriate ideas or comments!
  11. 11. Tip # 10! Make submitting and evaluating ideas tedious! Complex or “tax return” type !quot; idea forms discourage employees from participation! Supervisors and managers need !quot; a consistent and straightforward way to evaluate ideas and coach employees! The proper documentation and !quot; control of ideas, attachments, evaluations and rewards shouldn’t become an added burden.!