Man: OK - but I do think, whatever level they're at,
that I'm not sure about including the Research and Development people.
Woman: I think you've got a point there, yes, I mean R & D could be setting their own agenda
because they could just end up putting forward existing ideas, and then getting extra for them.
Man: Yes - we'd have to make sure that that can't happen. Right, so how should we do the rewards?
I was thinking of a proportion of the benefit, once we know it -I mean, assuming the idea runs.
Woman: Oh yes, obviously only the ones put into action will get...so, er，well, it'll depend on when we can see the benefits come in,
I suppose, say two years would - or we could pay out over a three year time-scale?
Man: I don't think we can predict the time, it depends on too many factors.
Why don't we just say we estimate the value of the idea in terms of worth to the company, and pay a proportion of that right away?
Woman: So, a fifth, for example?
Man: Sounds reasonable. And we work out the time-scale later...
Woman: What matters now, I think, is to get the idea over to people that it's something they'd have fun doing.
Man： More chance of promotion!
Woman: But we cannot make any promises there.
I'm not even that keen on profit or sales margins here, just the idea that they'll feel good if they come up with new ideas.
But then we really don't know exactly where it's going to lead us. It might really vary from office to office.
Man： Mmm ...