We assume so much in life, both personally and at work. Our assumptions and reality aren’t always the same. An occasional “reality check” can be very valuable. I wonder what expensive assumptions our organisations might harbour?
One of our clients, a medium size organisation somewhere in Australia, discovered in a very easy way that they were unnecessarily using $50,000 extra electricity each year.
It only took an overnight audit to discover this fantastic wastage. It was done by their staff as participants in our Greenhouse Gossip program
Most staff would shut down their computers when leaving work. No one was there to see that many of the computers were turning themselves back on around 8pm! Really, who would expect that?
After their audit, the staff came back the next day, to speak to the staff members whose computers were on. They discussed this and discovered the problem. By speaking to staff in other buildings in their organisation, and the ICT people, they discovered it was across the organisation.
The problem is now solved and they have an additional $50,000 to use each year from that one building (plus other savings identified and implemented in the program).
This is the kind of benefit that a structured, inquiring program can deliver.