Our Staff Ideas Scheme opens up for entries on Monday 23rd September and we are looking forward to it!
We have prepared an exhibition with some of the ideas from the previous two years of the scheme on Walkway 2, Second Floor, Civic Offices. The exhibit will be on display for a month. It is in celebration of the 500 ideas that staff members have proposed over the last two years to improve the organisation and the city. The exhibit is open from Monday 23rd September so come in and have a look.
The Studio would like to thank all of our home grown Council innovators who have turned their ideas into action, resulting in real cost savings and better public services.
Ideas for the city include an original patented product to clean city drains, which has generated considerable savings to date, and the promotion of new greenway walks along our rivers. There were ideas about engaging communities in the management of their green spaces and asking people to suggest ‘Beta Projects’ to trial on our city streets.
Ideas for the council include integrating photocopying on our staff ID card and putting procurement contracts information up on Dubnet, our intranet, so everybody could access them easily. Other ideas about developing the potential of staff include the skillshare pilot on Dubnet, the local ideas scheme in the Drainage division and using First Post to keep in touch with retired friends and colleagues.
Small ideas can have big impact, for example energy saving light bulbs in homeless hostels have resulted in big cost and energy savings and a new pathfinder system for Darndale has helped to improve emergency response time for the Fire Brigade. At the other end of the scale there were ideas with big ambition to generate renewable energy at water treatment plants.