Here at ideasUK, we are often asked the question ‘How do I start a suggestion scheme in my organisation?’
Over the next few posts, we will look at the steps needed to start and maintain a successful scheme within your organisation.
It is crucial to the success and growth of any business to proactively encourage employees to generate ideas for innovation and improvement. A continuous supply of new ideas, if properly managed, will lead to increased productivity, reduced costs, waste reduction, improved customer service and satisfaction, and improved employee morale, all contributing to a more competitive business.
How will it work? Senior management commitment and involvement is vital. Planning is crucial. It is important to have effective business planning in place. The business plan for the suggestion scheme should link closely with the overall strategy and business plan for the organisation. The programme must be managed and driven in the same way as any other business improvement initiative. With effective planning, measuring, reviewing and reporting of outcomes the programme will generate momentum and become an integral part of business improvement.
Why it will fail. A suggestion scheme will not run itself. Management at all levels must actively support the programme. The main reason for programmes failing is due to lack of proper planning and reviewing to ensure that the momentum is maintained. If ideas, when submitted are not reviewed and actioned quickly this has a detrimental effect on future participation and also on the benefits to business.
To overcome these initial issues, contact ideasUK for more information, we have a wide range of experience in launching programmes in organisations like yours!
How to start a Suggestion Scheme: