BT calls for employees’ ideas

first_img Previous Article Next Article BT calls for employees’ ideasOn 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. BT is upgrading a scheme that hassaved the firm nearly £100m over the past four years by harnessing itsemployees’ ideas.BT Ideas provides aformal framework for encouraging staff to be creative and rewards them for anyideas that it uses.Suggestions policy andstrategy manager Arthur Wright said the project is being developed over thenext year to try to increase the proportion of ideas implemented from 10 to 15per cent.The scheme uses theInternet and intranet to promote the initiative, but an incubator website is tobe introduced to allow people to get in touch with other staff for help ondeveloping their ideas.Wright said,”People are immensely creative and want to contribute to the business –whether it’s with little changes that make the job more satisfying or bigchanges than can have a dramatic effect.”Rewards can besignificant – the company paid out £400,000 to employees last year.Wright said, “Ideasdon’t come for free. If we have a good idea that saves us money or generatessignificant income, then we are delighted to reward the originator with 10 percent of the savings or additional income up to a maximum of £30,000.”last_img