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This Memo cost __ cents

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Off to the right of the document there is a slider button (indicating quantity) linked into a formula that will generate a line of text in the upper right hand corner of the memo such as:

This memo cost 85 cents collectively.

The formula might consider; cost of paper, maintenance costs of copier & printer, cost of toner, estimated memo distribution time & associated cost, estimated memo composition time & associated cost.

With a cost association, maybe those with memo incontinence might consider getting help for their problem. Or just use e-mail, Duncoff!

Zimmy, Apr 21 2005

Meeting Cost Clock http://www.effectiv...ns/meetingclock.asp
Related technology to track the cost of meetings [krelnik, Apr 22 2005]

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       If you could go ahead and take care of those TPS reports for me, that'd be great. [+]
disbomber, Apr 21 2005
  

       This is the last straw. Seriously.. paper overhead is incredible
DrMann, Apr 21 2005
  

       This annotation cost £11.
calum, Apr 21 2005
  

       The flip side of this is that people at work would increasingly spend large portions of their working day sifting through email and reading it. Extrapolate this into the future and people's work life would probably consist of 10 minutes executing some kind of actual work progress, the rest of it spent "machete-ing" through a perpetually full inbox.
Ian Tindale, Apr 21 2005
  

       As a federal government employee, I can vouch for the idea that we need to cut down on our paper use. You'd be surprised how many trees have died in the line of duty for your local recruiting office.   

       One alternative could be a company-wide messenging system for things that might be sent on memos otherwise, that isn't email or accessed through an email client.
disbomber, Apr 21 2005
  

       There was this thing called Netscape Collabra, which among other things was actually an nntp system underneath it all. In other words, it used usenet-like messaging instead of email. In other words, rather than sending an email loaded with 50MB of attachments to 100 people, most of whom have full inboxes anyway, this centralises it all. Internal IM also goes some way to alleviating information glut, whilst also increasing it - but the quality of communication over IM can be greater due to brevity and perceived proximity to the subject.
Ian Tindale, Apr 21 2005
  

       Genius idea - how many meetings have I been to in which any cost savings made to the design were more than outweighed by the hours booked to the project by the participants. Hopefully something like this would help people realize how much their time is worth. I hereby invent the "Sasumo point": the point at which the cost of the conversation has outweighed the cost reduction you were discussing. Stands for "Sitting Around Soaking Up Money".   

       tentative sp: dummkopf?
moomintroll, Apr 21 2005
  

       We have something like this in our office. The cost of printing a sheet of paper is placed prominently on the local printer. It doesn't make the slightest bit of difference. People, generally, don't print things or send memos for their own amusement. They do it because they think it's necessary. Yes, there are a few 'problem' people but sticking a price tag in the corner isn't going to make any difference to them because they're arseholes who really don't care and need a good, confrontational slapping.
DrBob, Apr 22 2005
  

       <slight aside>There's a couple of guys next to me who are visiting from head office. They're working on costings for a contract re-bid. One of them has just printed five pages from an Excel spreadsheet, and is reading figures from it and keying them into a calculator.</sa>
angel, Apr 22 2005
  

       //<slight aside>There's a couple of guys next to me who are visiting from head office. They're working on costings for a contract re-bid. One of them has just printed five pages from an Excel spreadsheet, and is reading figures from it and keying them into a calculator.</sa>//   

       Did he get his MBA from Crackhouse University?
disbomber, Apr 22 2005
  

       [krelnik] love the link, thanks - a bit nervous about going round the table asking how much everybody earns, though...
moomintroll, Apr 22 2005
  
      
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