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Board Meeting - December 12, 2000
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Meeting Summary - Employee Suggestion Board
December 12, 2000
10:30 am - 11:30 am
DER, 345 West Washington Avenue, Madison, WI

PRESENT:

Board Members:    James Behrend, Chairman; Roger Cross*, Member; Ken Berg*, Member
(*voted by mail)

DER Staff:   Robert Toomey, Statewide SESP Coordinator

NEW SUGGESTIONS:

The Board reviewed and decided on the following employee suggestions:

ESP Number Name & Agency Suggestion Description & Benefits Board Decision
FY01-13 James Pierce, DOT/DMV Revise motorcycle skills test to assist hearing-impaired riders.
Customer Service.
Certificate
FY01-14 Marjorie Schwartz, DOT/DMV Combine first floor public counters for R&T, Special Plates, and Traffic Violation/Registration Program.
Process Improvement; Efficiency.
Certificate
FY01-15 Carolyn Hackler, DOT/DMV Develop a manual of terms for the new Violation Management System.
Process Improvement; Work Environment; Monetary Savings
Certificate
FY01-16 Paul Linderholm & Richard Ehlert,
DOT/DMV
Create a plastic template for blind and sight-disadvantaged people who are unable to see where to sign for an identification card.
Customer Service.
Certificate
FY01-17 Lawrence Gellings, DOT/DMV Revise "Wise Buys" pamphlet to include a sentence on emission testing in southeastern Wisconsin.
Product Improvement; Customer Service.
Certificate
FY01-18 Emilia Wood, DOT/DMV Revise "Get Trained:   Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program--Ride Right" pamphlet.
Process Improvement; Customer Service.
Certificate
FY01-19 Carolyn Hackler, DOT/DMV Use flowcharts along with documentation in training manuals for RNS system.
Process Improvement; Work Environment.
Certificate
FY01-20 Joyce Genske, DOT/DMV Add plant identification signs to the plants on the Hill Farms terrace.
Work Environment.
Certificate
FY01-21 Cynthia Williams, DOT/DMV Post a sign in the lobby indicating the reason flags are flying at half-mast.
Work Environment.
This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Certificate
FY01-22 Gary Dikkers, DOT/DMV Ban cellular telephone use by drivers of state-owned vehicles.
Health/Safety
Not yet implemented.
If eventually accepted, this suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Referred to DOA/Bureau of State Risk Management for evaluation and feasibility.
FY01-23 Jerry Young, DETF Use security (i.e. tinted) window envelopes so that Wisconsin Retirement System participant's Social Security Number is not visible.  Envelopes currently in use allow Social Security Numbers and other personal identifying information to be easily read through the paper of the envelope.
Customer Service; Identity Protection.
This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Certificate
FY01-24 Russ St. Clair, DETF Recommends that when DOA instructs state building maintenance staff to lower flags to half-mast, also send e-mail message to each Department Secretary (or designated contact) explaining why flags are being lowered to half-mast.  This way, they can pass information to employees.   This suggestion was evaluated by the Governor's office and prompted them to revise their procedures.  Governor's office will send e-mail to all state agency Public Information Officers (PIOs) as to nature of flag-lowering occasion. If an agency does not have a PIO, then the message will go directly to the Agency Head.
Work Environment.
Since implemented, this suggestion has statewide impact and affects all agencies.
Certificate
FY01-25 Erik Humlie, Commerce Petroleum product inspectors use an instrument called a "vapor-tester" to screen combustible liquids such as a fuel oil, diesel and jet fuel, and kerosene to determine if there is gasoline contamination. Vapor-testers were carried in wooden cases that absorbed petroleum products and retained an oil smell. Commercially available vapor-testers cost approximately $70. The suggesting employee was able to design and develop, from surplus plastic toolboxes, a carrying case for the cost of $22. The carrying case that was developed cost significantly less than commercial cases, is lighter than the old wooden boxes, is attractive, and is resistant to petroleum products.
Cost Savings (approximately $1,600 one-time)
Certificate.
FY01-26 Ted Johnson Jr. & Erik Humlie, Commerce Petroleum inspection labs use an American Petroleum Institute (API) gravity chart to record a fuel sample's density. The gravity charts were outdated, difficult to read, and hung in a wood picture frame. Wood absorbs petroleum product vapors and contributes to producing oil smell in the lab. The API gravity charts were updated, enlarged, and framed in plastic. The new API gravity charts are attractive and professional, and have removed the wooden picture frames from the labs.
Improved Morale, Customer Service, Increased Productivity, Cost Savings (over $600 one-time)
This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Certificate
FY01-27 Audrey Fries, Commerce Set up collection spot or process in which agency payroll staff collect paycheck envelopes and return to Central Payroll for reuse. Except for a handful of envelopes each pay period which are used to mail checks, we could reuse up to 300 envelopes.
Process Improvement; Monetary Savings ($125)
This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Certificate
FY01-28 Alan Severson, Commerce Petroleum inspectors are required to report their work time, work accomplished, miles traveled, places visited, and expenses incurred while performing their assigned duties. This resulted in employees completed five different forms that must be reconciled. An Excel program was developed that allows an employee to complete one form and have the information transferred and calculated to the other corresponding forms. As a result, the Excel program electronically formats the five forms, saving money on paper work, allowing employees to devote time to field and lab work, and improves accuracy and employee morale.
Cost Savings (intangible); Improved Efficiency, Improved Morale.
This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Certificate
FY01-29 Angela Bethel, DHFS/DMT Clearly label phone and LAN connections in conference rooms to streamline setup time so that meetings start on time, frustration is reduced, time-intensive trial/error processes are avoided, and the topic of the meeting can be focused on, instead of the technology.
Improved Efficiency and Morale.
Not yet implemented.
This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Pending confirmation of implementation status
FY01-30 Constance Gruen, DHFS/DMT Install sanitary napkin disposal in women's bathrooms at 1 W. Wilson St. building for a more sanitary environment, increased respect for needs of women, and reduction in potential spread of infection.
Health/Safety; Improved Morale.
Not yet implemented.
This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Pending review/evaluation by appropriate authority
FY01-31 Janet Stonecipher, DHFS/DMT Establish boxes in DHFS and other state office buildings where staff can return empty state payroll envelopes for recycling. By reusing payroll envelopes at least once, there would be an immediate reduction in the cost of acquiring new envelopes for each of the 26 annual paydays. Assuming all employees fully participate and that all envelopes are recycled only once, new envelopes would only need to be purchased for 13 paydays each year.
Work Environment; Cost Savings (amount not provided)

This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Certificate
FY01-32 Deborah Anderson, DHFS/SWC Purchase sodium chloride 0.9%/normal saline in bulk rather than in smaller amounts, as is customary, from the pharmacy.
Cost Savings ($7,500 per year; $37,500 over 5-year period).

This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Certificate and Cash Award of $150.00
FY01-33 Mark Mills, DHFS/DMT Provide a self-defense course for state employees.
Health/Safety
Not Sure if Implemented?
This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Pending confirmation of implementation status
FY01-34 Mike Peters, DHFS/DSL Equip each state office building with the immediate availability of a defibrillator and a person trained in its use to increase potential for survival of a person whose heart has stopped.
Health/Safety

Not yet implemented.
This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Pending review/evaluation by agency
FY01-35 Steven Srenaski, DHFS/DHCF A better way for the state to sell surplus property would be via a Web auction. This would be a way to generate revenue without increasing the tax burden.
Efficiency
Not yet implemented.
This suggestion could apply to other agencies/institutions/campuses.
Pending review/evaluation by agency
FY01-36 Rodney Korth, DOT/DMV Add automated telephone messaging to the phone queue system.
Customer Service, Working Conditions, Process Improvement, Improved Morale
Not yet implemented.
On hold -- not yet implemented -- Board will review if implemented.  Referred back to agency.
FY01-37 Douglas Hennick, DOT/DMV Renew license when customer comes in for a duplicate; change early renewal form from 1 to 2 years.
Customer Service; Process Improvement.
Certificate
FY01-38 Joyce Genske, DOT/DMV Fasten all surge protectors to base of dividers.
Health/Safety; Work Environment; Intangible Savings (prevention)
Certificate
FY01-39 Marcia Solko, DOT/District 3 To temporarily relieve district office space problems, rent a trailer that was originally purchased for a construction project.
Cost Savings ($12,000 a year; $36,000 over 3-year period); Work Environment.
Certificate and Cash Award of $240.00

NEXT MEETING:

The Board will hold its next meeting in March; exact date to be determined and announced.

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