CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: May 23, 2001
UI SMART suggestion program seeks ideas for saving work, time, money
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa staff and faculty now have an opportunity
not only to help the university be more efficient, but to gain $100 in the
bargain. The WorkLife program, a unit in the university's Human Resources
office, recently announced an employee suggestion program designed to elicit
ideas for saving money, reducing unnecessary work, streamlining processes,
and coordinating or combining programs.
Called UI SMART, for Unique Ideas Save Money and Reward Thriftiness, the
suggestion program includes an award program that would give $100 for each
suggestion that is actually used. Suggestions should improve the efficiency
of a department, program, or procedure, improve services that support the
university, eliminate unnecessary procedures or duplication of effort, save
time, money, or materials. The program will run through 2001.
UI President Mary Sue Coleman said, "I am extremely proud of the work
done at the University of Iowa by our faculty and staff. One of the ways we
have achieved a solid reputation at the University of Iowa has been through
constantly searching for ways to improve. Through the UI SMART Suggestion
Program, our faculty and staff can evaluate their work environment and suggest
improvements that can save money, time, and materials. They are in the best
position to know what can and should be changed and improved."
Faculty, staff, and student employees can submit their ideas electronically
at the UISMART Plan website, http://www.uiowa.edu/~hrpersvc/worklife/index.html
or they can obtain suggestion forms from the departmental human resources
representatives of directly from WorkLife, 121USB.
UI SMART coordinator Pat Kenner will review all suggestions and have them
evaluated to determine if the suggestion can be used and if it would be effective.
When the suggested improvements have been put in place, Kenner will contact
the staff or faculty member who made the suggestion and present them with
At the end of the UI SMART program, Coleman will recognize all suggestions
received through this program, adopted and implemented.