Stupid Is As Stupid Does
It’s customary for companies to solicit ideas from their employees, especially in these troubling times. Anything that will improve processes and add to the bottom line are always welcome. And to encourage participation, monetary rewards are usually given.
If you think it would be easy to get that extra dough, however, you’d be in for a big surprise. In the past, I tried to come up with big ideas, but all I got were several ‘Thank You’ notes and a tape measure with the company logo on it. A tape measure for measuring what? Up to now, I don’t have a clue. I got it when I proposed that a manager’s performance should be evaluated by his/her employees.
My friend and his teammates had an excellent idea – centralized printing. They thought that the company would save money if remote printers were placed in one location. Management concurred. The suggestion was implemented and he and his teammates were awarded $20K. Aoon thereafter, management thought the company could save more money by laying most of them off. Boy, what a way to get their just rewards.
I used to know a guy who bestowed to himself the title of Chief Architect. He once proposed changes to the current system configuration. Everything looked good on paper. The flowcharts were in color. He spent many hours making presentations to the big bosses. Finally, they gave their blessings. They thought it was so good that they gave him a bonus as an incentive to push it through.
The only hitch was, implementing the changes one fateful weekend didn’t work as advertised. It caused the system to crash. To their credit, he and his team didn’t give up so easily. They tried their best to make it work, but no dice. Finally, they had to give up and undo what they had done. Instead of getting fired, he was hailed as a hero for restoring the system back to its original state. By doing so, he prevented production from being negatively impacted. He received another bonus for succeeding in this almost impossible task.
Sometimes i wonder if this ‘Ideas in Action’ thing really works. I guess it all depends on how management look at it.