Bright Ideas


Directional Signage

vmcgill 4 months ago in Innovative Ideas / Organization Communication updated by Christopher Jordan (Leader) 3 months ago 1

I think directional signage upstairs similar to what is in the lobby would be very helpful for folks sent up to meetings or for those who head upstairs without checking in at reception. This would make it easier for outside folks looking for the PW counter, looking to pay for their E Tran connect cards and more convenient for staff when directing folks upstairs for any reason.
Very minimal information would be needed:
Public Works Counter (Left)
Connect Cards (Left)
Conference Rooms 3B and 3C (Right)
The overhead signs are often over looked.
I think the best location would be just outside the hall to the restrooms so someone walking upstairs or coming off the elevator will see it.


Suggestion System

An Inspired User 4 months ago in Innovative Ideas / Employee Engagement updated by Christopher Jordan (Leader) 2 months ago 2

Create a new platform for collecting ideas from employees.  The new system should allow others to see the ideas and vote for them.

Under review

Improve the Outdoor Break Area/Patio

An Inspired User 4 months ago in Innovative Ideas / Environmental Impact updated by Christopher Jordan (Leader) 4 months ago 1

Improve the outdoor patio with shade sail(s) (rather than umbrellas, as these are less effective).  

Started/In Progress

Project and Development Tours of Elk Grove for Employees

An Inspired User 4 months ago in Innovative Ideas / Employee Engagement updated by Christopher Jordan (Leader) 4 months ago 1

I think it would be extremely beneficial to provide a tour of the City to the employees, highlighting new projects and developments.

I was fortunate to participate on a tour given by the Economic Development Department; my group spent about an hour on a bus, learning about new and potential projects in the City. We travelled throughout Elk Grove, passing by empty fields to learn about zoning and construction plans, office buildings under construction to learn about new State offices moving to Elk Grove, and small business to learn about grants and funding opportunities. 

It would be fantastic if on a quarterly basis, interested employees could sign up and go on an hour – long bus tour around the city. This tour would help employees from all departments stay current on city projects and would ensure, to an extent that employees were relaying correct information about projects to the public.

Under review

Move HR Benefits Administration to Online Platform

I think we should look at the benefits administration from enrollment/changes/declination and separation and find an application that is HIPPA complaint and allows users and HR to automate the entire process.

Started/In Progress

Improved Amenities for Employees - Health and Wellness

Anonymous 3 weeks ago in Challenges updated by Christopher Jordan (Leader) 2 days ago 3
As an active participant of the City's Wellness Program, there are some programs that I would like to participate in during lunch. However, it is quite hard to participate since employees would need to "freshen" up. Though we have showers downstairs, the conditions of the showers are poor. The shower curtains have soap scum, lockers are all locked, used towels, clothing and the homeless using the showers. There are times that I need to use the shower and it was not a pleasant experience.

I would like to recommend that this area be given a "face lift" so employees who want to participate in various wellness programs can freshen up before going back to work. This includes a new shower curtain, soap, conditioner, shampoo, lockers with assigned locks by facilities, towel service, a lock to the stall to prevent the public from using it.

Provide Feedback on Why Bright Ideas are Declined

To circumvent employees feeling downtrodden and avoiding submittal of new ideas assuming they'll be denied.


Charitable Giving

Develop a program where the City would match employee contributions to chartable organizations up to a certain maximum dollar amount. City match would be limited to pre-approved charitable organizations that are located in Elk Grove or provide services to Elk Grove residents. Alternatively, develop a program where an employee "community giving" committee could be formed to select a charitable program or project for the year (or more frequently) that would encourage employee participation through volunteering and/or financial contributions with a City match.

Under review

311 app

An Inspired User 4 months ago in Innovative Ideas / Software/Application Evaluation updated 2 months ago 2

Sacramento County has a 311 application that allows for residents to easily notify/contact the city for issues related to code enforcement, animal control, maintenance issues, etc. This is a huge undertaking but while I worked for Sac County it was such a hugely popular app that I think Elk Grove could benefit from something similar.​

Started/In Progress

Process Videos

While on AskElkGrove, I take calls regularly for business licensing. Perhaps if we had "how-to" videos for the public to watch we could lessen the call volume received in business licensing and assist the applicant simultaneously. Some breakdown of: "if you need xx type of license go here, or if you want to renew here's the process." ​