Cost-saving decisions? :--
1) To have pirated softwares to run the computer systems.
2) To have duplicate, counterfeit parts installed in the systems when the originals are available in the market.
3) To put ‘unauthorized person’ (somebody whom the manufacturers of a device do not certify) to attend or service the device.
4) To replace the device with a human substitute when the device has become dysfunctional.
5) To deny communication , even a ‘BCC’ or ‘CC’ labeling of messages to certain recipients , all for the only reason of cost-savings, ! (where purposefulness is not questionable, only the cost)
6) To refuse communication to ship’s other staff by the Master or other management rank, with the office management in the name of cost incurred!
7) To “enforce” rules like switching off the lights, using the stationery items precariously, etc to say -- cost saving!
8) To hold cost-saving at higher regard than “safety first”, for example in a decision to lay-off regarding laying of a ship.
My old company, the SCI Ltd, has once sent out a circular talking about the cost-saving plan of the company in its hard times of seeing disinvestment by the owners, the Indian government.
Cost-saving is always a disliked concept by maximum employees of any company in any field. Nobody wants to see his status icons be taken off, leaving him behind to live life at the bare minimum. Cost saving is quite an anti-thesis to the concept for expanding any business. The more one invest in his business, the greater he is likely to get returns, provided the investments have been systematic and directional. Cost-saving is also likely to meet at cross with the philosophy of “Safety First” at every second step.