‘National Ideas Day’ is being expanded to encompass a whole week of brainstorming and talent tapping in 2008.
Ideas UK – the national association of suggestion schemes – is behind the week, scheduled to take place in the second week of March, to coincide with the anniversary of Einstein’s birth. Brainstorming breakfasts will be held across the UK and employers are encouraged to create office think tanks and open ideas banks.
The annual members’ survey by the not-for-profit organisation found that over £32 million was saved by businesses in 2007 through suggestions schemes.
Over 60,000 ideas sent in by Ideas UK members and over 35 per cent of all ideas received were implemented to bring both tangible and intangible benefits to business. The association will use National Ideas Week to highlight the business benefits of staff participation in everything from strategic planning to greening the office.
Anthony Denatale, operations manager for Ideas UK, said: “National Ideas Week is a chance for employers to explore practical ways of turning bright ideas into better business.”
The company boasts over 20 years’ experience of successful staff suggestion schemes, and provids guidance, training and set-up support for organisations developing their own reward and recognition programmes.