If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve been an employee somewhere. And if you’ve been an employee somewhere, it’s also likely you’ve seen your company waste money.
Talk to anyone about their job, and there’s a good chance they could cite specific ways in which their company could spend less money – if only someone were interested in listening.
Well, Gov. Scott Walker is interested in listening. And he’s requiring his cabinet secretaries to do the same. Walker on Friday issued an executive order requiring the heads of state agencies to “meet regularly with frontline workers to identify waste, fraud and abuse.”
“Those on the frontlines of state government have a wealth of information and ideas on how to make government better and more efficient,” Walker said in a statement. “I look forward to joining many of the discussions our cabinet secretaries will hold.”
Sometimes the most powerful solutions to problems are simple ones. And this solution – if executed – could save state taxpayers a lot of money.
In my 10 years as a journalist, I’ve seen my employers (excluding my current one, of course) waste thousands of dollars that could have been saved if management would have asked employees how the company could be more efficient. I’ve talked to a lot of people in a lot of professions who have said the same.
So, while this executive order isn’t going to solve Wisconsin’s budget problems, it is an excellent step toward identifying ways the state is misusing our money. I hope the governor will follow up not only on enforcing this policy, but also on making public some of the state employee suggestions that are enacted.
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