Brain Storm: Put a Suggestion Box in the Breakroom... for a Limited Time Only.

If you have a suggestion box all the time, the novelty will wear off, and no one will contribute. Instead, keep your suggestion box out for only a short time — perhaps two weeks at a time, once or twice a year. Call these periods “Project Brainstorm.”

As part of the project, have a team which will consider and take quick action on the best ideas for improving customer service, saving money or increasing efficiency. Recognize those who provide winning ideas. (Maybe the best gets a $50 gift certificate to a neighboring business — and perhaps that business can offer eyewear gift certificates in return.)