Employee Suggestion Program - CalHR

​Employee Suggestion Program / Innovative Ideas at Work! 

The Employee Suggestion Program is a formal system for rewarding employees who submit ideas that reduce or eliminate State expenditures or improve the safety or operation of State government. Thousands of suggestions have been adopted since the program began in 1950, resulting in millions of dollars in savings to the State. Participation in the program is easy and the awards range from $50 to $50,000. 


Eligible suggestions are those that do one or more of the following:

  • Improve State operations
  • Increase revenues

  • Eliminate safety hazards

  • Improve procedures 


Making a suggestion


If you need more help or would like to submit a suggestion, please contact your departmental Merit Award Administrator.  

The Merit Award Board


For Employees/Suggestions

For Evaluators


For Suggesters:


For Merit Award Administrators


For Evaluators

Updated 6/16/2014