By Frank Kenna
I love my iPhone and must admit to having a few games on there. One of my favorites is “Wurdle,” a sort-of crossword puzzle game. The game starts with a layout of letters, and you have two minutes to see how many words you can find. It’s fun, and harder than it looks.
What drives me crazy – and keeps me coming back – is that I’ll usually find about 10-15 words. Then, at game end, you can have it show you all the words you didn’t find. A typical puzzle has about 200. I look at them, especially the common ones, and think, “How could I have missed that one? I can’t believe it didn’t see it.” That happens on every single game.
Thinking about my company, I started wondering about the same thing. How many opportunities are right THERE, but I can’t see them? This happens to every manager and every employee on a regular basis. We miss obvious ideas and solutions. We may be looking for the wrong things, be over stressed… or just not looking.
Ever had a new employee come in and almost instantly question a procedure that’s in place, and you realize that it can be eliminated? Or that there’s a faster, more efficient way to do something? Cross training, and inter-department task teams and employee suggestion programs are some of the ways to identify opportunities like these.
What are you missing?
Encourage your workers with our Direct Line™ Employee Suggestion program.