Original Date: 05/19/1992
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Communication and Work Improvement/Suggestion Program
Recognizing that communication is a critical element in successfully involving employees in improving processes, and enhancing product quality and reliability, CONAX Florida Corporation implemented several tools to foster communication and promote development of innovative ideas.
One means of communicating with the employees is through the quarterly Conoline Newsletter which is used by CONAX Florida Corporation management to introduce new company initiatives. Employees are encouraged to write and submit articles on any subject for publication. Another means of communication is the quarterly company-wide employee meetings. These meetings are structured to mix hourly and salaried employees. At the meeting, the president of CONAX Florida Corporation discusses the state of the company as well as financial matters. Guest speakers are invited to speak on topics of interest to the employees, and training is also provided. These methods encourage employees to understand that they are an important part of the company. In addition to the company's open door policy for employees to discuss concerns with management, these forums give employees the freedom and desire to express their ideas in constructive ways.
CONAX Florida Corporation implemented its Great Ideas program as a way to support employees assuming a more active work role. Work improvements or suggestions are formally presented through this program. An employee first identifies a problem, then develops a possible solution, The employee must form a team from outside the department to work on the implementation strategy. A paper defining the problem, the solution, and the implementation is developed. A team of judges comprised of company employees and employees of companies in the area then approve or disapprove the idea with awards presented for all implemented ideas. The three outstanding ideas of the year are recognized with cash awards of $1,000, $750, and $500 which are based on the cost savings, team selection, solution implementation, and the final presentation.
These communication and work enhancement programs provide an excellent example of CONAX Florida Corporation's commitment to quality in the product through integrity and dedication in its work force.
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