Cost Saving Ideas

On this page you may vote on cost-saving ideas submitted from March through August, 2015, by employees of the Texas Health and Human Services System agencies (DADS, DARS, DFPS, DSHS, HHSC).

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Voting on this set of ideas will be open until a new set of ideas is posted.

HHS System employees may submit new ideas by visiting http://hhscx.hhsc.texas.gov/cost-saving-ideas

#5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Use Secure Print without Banners

Make sure people understand that turning off Banner pages works best when they also turn ON the Secure Print feature to avoid unidentified jobs piling up at the printer. With Secure Print your jobs don't print until you actually go to the machine to release them. [1112, 1142, 1143]

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127 up votes
24 down votes

#5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Office Supply Round-up

Have a central office supply area in each building instead of having individual departments order supplies. Every few months have a round-up of extra items that can be put back into the supply room for others to use. Reuse items like file folders instead of ordering new ones. [1102, 1121, 1126]

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109 up votes
22 down votes

#5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Proper Printer Setup

Every employee should set up their default printing preferences to print double-sided, “Draft” mode, use the “Secure” feature, and turn off the “banner page”. Eliminating the banner page and printing double sided will save paper and toner, and using the secure feature will ensure nobody else picks up your jobs. [1006, 1035, 1038, 1111, 1114, 1130, 1131, 1142, 1160, 1185, 1194, 1195, 1211, 1222a, 1223]

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86 up votes
19 down votes

#5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Winters Building Lobby

It would be more efficient for heating and cooling the Winters lobby to lock the small entrance right beside the main entrance. Opening the door directly into the lobby has a major effect on the temperature of the lobby, which increases heating and cooling costs. [1024]

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29 up votes
20 down votes

#5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Time Clocks

ALL employees should have to use a time clock to sign in and out. The psychological effect would encourage people to be on time and put in a full day of work. Electronic systems could automatically keep timesheets up to date. [1005, 1170, 1173, 1183, 1187, 1213, 1221, 1237, 1244, 1248, 1251, 1252, 1256, 1259]

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23 up votes
144 down votes

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