If you’re the boss of a business and welcome ideas and suggestions from any member of your staff then Vetter could be a helpful app.
Get rid of the cardboard box that sits in the staff room with a slit in the top and the words "Suggestion Box" written in marker pen across the side. The box that usually has one anonymous scrap of paper inside it per month from the same contributor suggesting that productivity might increase if salary levels headed north first.
Vetter takes the idea of the suggestion box and gets it online and by doing so involves everyone in the operation. As the boss you can set the account up and then invite all staff to join, just like other social networking sites, and then sit back and wait for the ideas to start flowing.
Staff with ideas can enter them in a message box, hit submit and they will be posted anonymously for all to see and rate using a 1-5 star system. All ideas gaining at least two stars will be bundled together and submitted to you, the boss, at your pre-set intervals which can be daily, weekly or monthly. Only at this stage is the identity of the contributor revealed.
As a boss, Vetter can provide a useful service on a number of levels. For a start it won’t take long to see who is and who isn’t engaging in the team ethic and will also reveal potential creative talent you might otherwise have missed. As a boss you can also publish details of new projects in the pipeline and call for suggestions relevant to it.
All in all, just by installing this app, you’ll be sending a strong message to your team that you’re serious about getting their input and that you value their ideas. Common sense and some filtering might be required though because the guy that constantly suggests an increase in salary levels will probably get a 5-star rating on a regular basis!
I think this app will introduce some fun to what is actually a serious issue, that of involving everyone in a business’s aims and goals. Let’s face it too; there have been instances in the corporate world where a seemingly insignificant idea has had a seriously positive effect on the bottom line.