I just made a cool five hundred dollars. Though I wish it had been more. It should have been more. I saved my employer thousands.
My employer sponsored a “give us ideas on how to save money, and we’ll pay one to five hundred dollars for the best ideas.”
I never thought they’d take mine. I’d written, “Is it time to stop pushing a boulder up a hill? Have you noticed that most of us don’t want to ‘return to the office’? How about if you let us work from and stopped paying so much in rent?
The management team considered it, though maybe because their lease was almost up, and they weren’t liking their negotiations with our now former landlord.
They decided all they needed was a conference room, a small client waiting area, three small offices for employees that needed to rotate into the office, two larger ones for any managers that needed them, and a coffee area with a fridge and sink. They found a new space, with a landlord that gave them a smoking deal.
Presto, they saved money. They’d been paying rent on two full floors of office space, along with the utility and janitorial costs that went with all that space.
They put some of the money into salary increases, some toward upgrading technology, and set some aside for new marketing and two projected hires. Best of all, no more “return to the office” emails.
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