- May 15, 2006
How would this go down at An Post? Finland's postmen are now cutting grassFinlands postal service Posti has come up with a completely new service to create more revenues mowing lawns.Weather permitting, postmen will offer the service on Tuesdays when they have the least mail to deliver, Posti said in a statement.
We will pilot the service this summer throughout the country. The idea for the lawn mowing service came from mail delivery employees, Posti said.
...in what Posti said was the start of its transformation into a home service provider.
Just over a month ago, Posti said it was axing nearly 700 of its 22,000 or so jobs.
Last year, the number of letters and other dispatches delivered by Posti in sparsely-inhabited Finland declined by 8%, causing revenues to fall by over 11%
"We cant imagine this idea going down well at An Post" opines the Journal, probably correctly.
Impressive that this idea came from employees recognising the inevitable decline of their employer's business model. As we anticipate increasing industrial unrest here, this example should be used to encourage employers and employees to find productive ways to serve their customers or rather fellow citizens better.