By: Sean Pate, Help Desk Technician / Administration, IT Published:
Our friends at Web Industries, a fellow ESOP company, shared with us their “Ideas System,” a program for harnessing ideas for improving company performance from each and every employee. The reason behind the Ideas System made a lot of sense: every employee naturally has ideas every day about how to make his or her job easier, better, more efficient.
When we saw the Ideas system in action, we saw employees who were engaged, excited, and enthusiastic. It was obvious from these meetings just how much power there is in having every employee in the company striving for its improvement. And we knew then that this program was something we had to do at Harpoon.
At Harpoon, work teams have always met frequently and shared ideas for improving performance and making employees’ jobs easier, better, more streamlined. Since becoming employee-owned, we formalized this system to make the most of those ideas and celebrate the contributions of our fellow owners. Ideas that get put into practice are showcased on the Ideas Wall in the brewery. This month's employee owner feature comes from our IT Department where Shaun Pate had a genius idea for the Ideas Program (crazy, right?!)...
Name/Title and Department: Shaun Pate, Help Desk Technician / Administration, IT
Idea: Create Wufoo forms for each department that can be used by employee-owners to submit their suggestions for the ideas program.
Benefit: Previously ideas were submitted on an excel spreadsheet which was accessed via a computer on a shared network drive. This method had several drawbacks; in order to submit an idea, you had to have access to a computer, with everyone having modified privileges to the spreadsheet, the possibility of accidental deletion (sabotage) of someone else’s idea, or the entire spreadsheet was fairly high, and in order for a department manager to be notified of the submission, the person submitting the idea had to email the manager. Using the Wufoo form makes the submission process quick, easy, and keeps those accidental deletions from happening. These forms are accessible from anywhere, by any device with an internet connection, and the department manager receives a notification when an idea is submitted. Make it accessible and it will get used!
Favorite Beer: I used to wait all summer for the fall to come so I could wrap my hand around a can of Octoberfest, but I have to say that Flannel Friday stole the show this year.
By: Victoria Kidder, UFO Brand Manager Published:
One of our favorite things about UFO’s new winter seasonal, Winter Blonde? It’s versatility, of course! Whether it’s 11 a.m. or 11 p.m., there’s a delicious recipe waiting for you and a unique way of enjoying this beer.
1. Wake up, bake …
So maybe some of you are saying, hey before noon. … now that’s a little aggressive for a beer. We’ll agree to disagree but if that’s the case, get your baking on and make some UFO Winter Blonde Banana Bread. And hey, we don’t judge … take a swig or two of the beer while you’re at it … you’ll thank us.
2. Kahlua + Winter Blonde
After you’ve had a sip, it’s pretty hard to resist, huh? We get it. So, good news … if you want to experiment with another way to drink Winter Blonde during the 55 minutes that your banana bread is baking, we have the solution. UFO Winter Blonde? Delicious. UFO Winter Blonde with Kahlua … now we’re talking. Interested in trying this tempting cocktail? Give it a whirl:
- 12 oz UFO Winter Blonde
- .5 oz Kahlua or coffee liqueur of choice
- .5 oz vanilla
3. SOS – dessert please.
Maybe you need a pick-me-up from too much holiday shopping. Maybe you need a break from the endless holiday parties. Maybe you’re just in a treat yoself mindset. Whatever it is, you’re covered. Heather from Port 305 in Quincy, MA, came up with a simple, yet delectable way of serving UFO Winter Blonde … a nice 12 oz pour + chocolate syrup! Guaranteed to give you the sugar boost needed for any situation!
So, there you have it. UFO Winter Blonde is the perfect beer for whatever December throws at you. Enjoy experimenting!