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Why 50% of Orgs Don’t Reward Employees for Ideas (And Why You Should)

At Ideawake, one of the most common questions we get from customers and leads is whether to include incentives for participation in their employee idea programs.  Although our response is always a resounding “yes,” from a best practice perspective, only ~50% of the organizations we work with elect to include incentives. This is for a variety of reasons, but they normally fall into one of three categories:  Although these are

Coby Skonord|
June 26, 2024
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Innovative Collaboration Unveiled: Healthcare Company Joins Forces with Ideawake to Spearhead Revolutionary Advances in Healthcare Innovation

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Who is Edge? Edge began inside of Gundersen Health System as the catalyst for transformation; investing in pioneering startups and gathering transformative concepts from employees and community members, building ideas into healthcare breakthroughs that benefit us all. Now, as of December 2022, Gundersen Health and Bellin Health merged. Edge is excited to target the unified Bellin and Gundersen Health System strategic plan. This plan is targeted at the delivery of

Hanna Paul|
January 5, 2024
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New Partnership: Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance (FAMI) Partners with Ideawake to Promote Innovation

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Who is FAMI and what do you do for them? Natalie Collins: Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance (FAMI) is a property and casualty insurance company that provides insurance for farms, homes, autos, and businesses.  Our home office is based in Kansas and our insurance products primarily focus on the rural markets in the Midwest region covering 8 states. I serve as the Vice President of the Enterprise Project Management Office and

Hanna Paul|
June 16, 2023
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Jason’s Deli Partners with Ideawake to Collect Employee Ideas

Jason's Deli Partners with Ideawake to Collect Employee Ideas

Who is Jason’s Deli and what do you do for them? Amy Schuster: Jason’s deli is a family-owned deli restaurant chain, founded in Beaumont, Texas, in 1976 by Joe Tortorice Jr. As we approach our 46th anniversary, we now operate 240+ locations in 28 states. In 2005, Jason’s Deli was the first major restaurant concept to ban artificial trans fats in the U.S. and later became the first to eliminate

Hanna Paul|
October 26, 2022
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Flamin Hot Cheetos: A Janitor’s Idea That Changed Chips Forever

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The best ideas come from the places you least expect, and the story of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is no exception. Richard Montañez came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos while working as a janitor for Frito-Lay back in the 1980’s. Today, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is one of Frito-Lay’s top selling products, and Montañez is an Executive for PepsiCo leading multicultural sales and community promotions across their North American

Coby Skonord|
February 19, 2021
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The ROI of Costco’s Employee Suggestion Program

Since its founding, Costco has always had a focus of putting their employees first. A data point that proves this isn’t just a leadership talking point can be seen in Costco’s turnover rates.  For employees who have worked at the company for more than one year, the annual turnover rate is below 6% compared to the retail industry average of over 60% in 2021.  According to their CEO, one reason that Costco

Coby Skonord|
January 19, 2021
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Amazon Prime – An Employee Idea that Produced 5 Billion in Revenue in Q3 2019

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I, along with most of the people reading this article have a subscription to Amazon Prime. It’s transformed the way that we shop, purchase, and receive everything from computers to toothpaste. It has truly redefined what “on demand convenience” means. But, did you know that Amazon Prime was actually an idea submitted by an Amazon employee? Amazon’s goal was to find a new type of customer loyalty program that would

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