If, however, your company needs to reduce costs now more than ever it’s my hope this short article may help you along the way.
And while the ideas I’ll list are not revolutionary or new… chances are your company is not practicing all of them in which case opportunity exists! Let’s get started.
1. Print on both sides of paper
Paper is not cheap… in fact if you work in a big company I bet you spend thousands and thousands on it. So, instead of printing on one side of the paper use both sides. In some cases this isn’t practical… but in many cases it is.
2. Stop printing all your emails in color!
Next, challenge your workforces to stop printing emails as if life will stop if they don’t. And please stop using the color printer! I once visited a plant that controlled this by placing the printer by the managing director’s desk to control this. This may be a bit more command and control for many… but it worked!
3. Re-fill ink cartridges
The ink cartridges in those printers you have are e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. So, instead of ordering new cartridges you may look into getting them re-filled. There are companies dedicated to this and from my experience the quality of their work is beyond excellent.
4. Try video conferencing
Instead of paying hundreds, maybe more, for an airplane ticket to that one day meeting why not utilize video or web conferencing instead? You can share files and collaborate very well these days with applications like Webex.
5. Use Skype
Skype is the bomb and will save your company lots of money on phone bills, especially if you make frequent long distance calls within your company.
6. Close the doors for a week
If things are really bad and it’s looking like layoffs are imminent you may try to close the doors for a week or more while asking employees to use vacation time. Sure this isn’t exactly fun for the employee… but it’s better than the alternative!
7. Frequent Flier Miles
OK, how about this heretical idea. If you fly a lot for your company and they pay for your plane tickets while you rack up the frequent flier miles… how about asking employees to use these miles for future business trips? Perhaps the employee creates a separate frequent flier program for all business trips.
Now, some will say their company “owes” them these miles for being away from their family, etc. Me, I don’t buy this. If you don’t like to travel you are always free to find another job that doesn’t require it.
You know, some place like Burger King where they do it your way!
What do you think?
What do you think of my list? Especially number 7? Can you think of any other ideas for how you can help your company save money in these difficult times?