History shows the extent to which idea management at Siemens has expanded. Premiums for “improvement suggestions” were offered for the first time in October 1910 at Siemens’ Kleinbauwerk in Berlin. The earliest list of suggestions in existence dates from 1913 and contains 21 implemented ideas. Around 50 years later, the number had risen to 10,000 suggestions and today 100,000 3i suggestions a year are put into practice – at Siemens AG in Germany alone.
However, it is not just in Germany that employees are working constantly on ideas for improving their work surroundings, optimizing processes, saving money or enhancing competitiveness. Employees all over the world have excellent ideas. “With the increasingly high qualifications of our employees in the growth markets, idea management will assume a more important role there too. For this reason we will also be reinforcing the implementation of the 3i Program on a global scale,” said Brigitte Ederer.