PATERSON, NJ - Taking a page out of Corporate America where employees are often asked to weigh in on cost saving, revenue generating, or process improving efforts, the City of Paterson will undertake an employee innovation survey to solicit the same from the nearly 2,000 public employees that make the city work.

On Thursday Mayor Andre Sayegh announced the initiative saying that it is about “becoming leaner.” Speaking to a group of employees gathered for an appreciation breakfast he hosted at city hall, Sayegh said that “you are the ones working every day, serving our residents. You know what works and what doesn't. You know how we can improve services, and that can save money.”

Among the findings that may come from the survey, Ed Boze, Paterson’s Chief Innovation Officer said, are ways to eliminate duplicative report generation and outdated software or equipment that make their use obsolete while still costing money, and creating workplace synergies between and among departments and divisions.

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The effort, he said, fits perfectly with the strategy he announced at the time of his hiring that in order to help make Paterson a smarter city “we have to stop doing stupid things.” Putting a warmer spin on the initiative that he said is similar to one he helped spearhead while with Xerox, Boze added that “those working in the field know what works and what doesn’t.”

Employees will receive the survey via email.

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