Submission #1: Employees Drive Significant Cost Savings

We can all acknowledge this is the most difficult economy any of us have ever encountered.  In order to continue to grow we needed to become as efficient as possible. Recognizing that cost savings opportunities exist everywhere, we’ve reached out to our employees and asked them to contribute their ideas and suggestions for how to improve. And all it requires is a simple method to capture everyone’s suggestions.

In early 2010, during a company-wide meeting, we announced that we had created a new email address where employees could send their “just do it” suggestions to drive cost savings. Within an hour of the announcement we were receiving emails with a number of great ideas for cost reductions.

The ideas submitted ranged from significant changes in business processes to cut waste, suggestions for lower-cost alternatives for vendors we used, to suggesting that the cleaning crew only run the dishwasher every other day and canceling the weekend delivery of the newspaper.  In one year the net result of these suggestions has been over 300 emails containing a sustainable annual cost savings of over $100,000! We’ve found that it is true what they say: “good employees are your most valuable assets”.

Eric Heining
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
PHONE: 763.412.3080 | FAX: 763.412.3180
MOBILE: 952.807.7529 | eheining@motivaction.com

MotivAction, LLC
16355 36th Avenue North, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN, 55446
www.MotivAction.com

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About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
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