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> I have been asked to post to the listserv responses I received on my
> question about rewarding employees for ways to cut costs.
>
> Alice E Hadley, MLS, AHIP responded:  The Department of Defense has a
> program called Beneficial Suggestions with a cute cartoon character
> called Bennie Suggs to advertise it.  The employee fills out a simple
> form and can receive up to 10% of the total amount saved the first year.
>
> Deborah Barker, IM-S, US Army Corps of Engineers responsed: The US Army has a program that offers monetary rewards for suggestions that save money, are more efficient.  Amounts vary depending upon the amount save, the scope of involvement, etc.
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> Marcy Horner of Kootenai Medical Center responded: Our hospital has a
> program we call "patient promise"... it rewards all employees at the end of the year if we, as an institution, improve our scores in the Picker survey, and meet set budget reduction goals... if we meet our targets, a portion of the savings is divided equally based on the number of paid hours each employee works (everyone gets the same amount per hour, whether they are management, nursing, housekeeping, etc)... we are a non-profit community hospital.
>
> Kathy Martin responded:  our hospital has a "Costbusters" program that
> does precisely that.

> Dalia Kleinmuntz of Webster Library responded: We have a program called "President's Awards.  The employee is written up by his supervisor or boss or someone else and it is sent in, reviewed and if deemed worthy the employee is presented with a $1000 check ($650 after taxes)) Groups can be awarded & the award split.
>
> Rochelle Schmalz responded:  Her previous employer tried a program like this. It was moderately successful, but too many times someone would submit an idea and get a reply from the department manager saying the idea was already in progress.  Employees became discouraged and stopped submitting ideas. She warned "If you do go ahead with the program, make certain that some acutal rewards are distributed."
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> Margery Keppel responded: I used to work at Harrison Hospital,
> Bremerton, WA.  They had some kind of reward for managers that saved
> over $300.

> Pamela Sieving from U. of Mich responsded:  University of Michigan
> hospital started something like ths.  My recollection was they embarked on a big 3-year costcutting effort and promised to share the wealth.  It worked and everyone was surprised.  The first year all hospital employees received $2800 (I did not goof on the decimals!) The next two years were lower, and it finally phased out after awhile.  It think it came back at perhaps the $200-$300 range a year or so ago.
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> Thats it so far!  I don't think I missed anyone.
>
> Kerry Hodgson
> Prince William Hospital
> Manassas, VA
> (703)369-8475
> f: (703)369-8155
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