The Solution to Out of Control Government Spending
Billion dollar profit improvement expert Daniel W. Hansen provides ideas that could reduce government spending without cutting services.
Hansen's solution is to incentivize all government employees to find ways to reduce spending and help programs operate more efficiently. For instance "If Sally bought 100 cases of widgets for her office last year for $20,000 and she buys the same quantity this year but negotiates the price down to $18,000, she should be recognized for saving taxpayers $2,000! That is a job well done and the type of behavior that should be encouraged and rewarded so that it continues."
And Hansen knows the formula for success because his profit improvement program has saved $1.1 billion over the last decade and shows no sign of letting up. "It's been amazing to see how employees just continue to find new and innovative ways to reduce expenses year after year. It's a fact that awards are effective, contagious and will absolutely change and improve an organization's culture."
Incentives can range from cash to European vacations,
but Hansen prefers tangible and memorable awards. "Everyone likes
to receive cash, but it's so easy for it to go towards credit card bills.
I would much rather reward someone with furniture or a big screen television,
something that can benefit the whole family. Plus it's a subtle reminder
of the program every time they turn on the TV."
But could such success be transferred to the public sector? Hansen believes so and is confident that the idea would appeal to both sides of the aisle. "I could absolutely see the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Bill Maher, Governor Chris Christie, Michael Moore, and the American taxpayers embracing the idea because everyone wins. Ultimately we need to change the mindset of every government employee so they are constantly thinking 'How can I save money and get a reward?' The only caveat is that they can't just randomly cut expenses, and they must adhere to the program's guidelines. The goal is to create an expense savings culture within Washington that would change the way our government does business forever."
Incentive payouts are one aspect of the program, but it doesn't end there. "Incentives are the one ingredient that everyone sees and tastes, but there are other administrative elements necessary for the program to be successful. You don't just pay out awards; you must implement controls, create accountability, and weave the program into other aspects of the organization. "
If you support Mr. Hansen's idea for reducing government expenses by creating an expense savings incentive program for local, state or federal governments, please visit his website and send in your comments. (Names and email addresses will not be sold or shared with any third party.) Supporters are also encouraged to help spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets.
About Daniel W. Hansen:
Daniel W. Hansen is an international profit improvement
and expense control expert whose expense savings program has saved companies
across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia Pacific almost $1.1 billion
over the last decade. He is a leading authority on employee-based incentive
programs and can be reached through his website at www.DanielWHansen.com
or email at [email protected]