Our company offers a bonus award for employee ideas that improve safety, quality or performance.
A co-worker noticed there was a power switch suspended 16 feet over our machinery.
He suggested that a chain be attached to the switch, allowing it to be pulled for quick shut-off in an emergency.
The suggestion went through channels and was rejected.
One reason given was that "the chain might be pushed up one day, accidentally turning the power switch on."
The strict and unsmiling manager noticed that the suggestion box was missing from the wall beside the time clock. He began to ask around to see who knew what had become of it.
"You!" he yelled at one of his employees. "Where's the suggestion box?"
"I don't personally know," the employee responded, "but the office gossip is that it's under your desk, wired and ticking."
Extra Bonus Joke:
Two women were comparing notes on the difficulties of running a small business.
"I started a new practice last year," the first said. "I insist that each of my employees take at least a week off every three months."
"Why in the world would you do that?" the other asked.
She responded, "It's the best way I know of to learn which ones I can do without."