Check out this post: "Why Quit? Because They Have Bigger Monitors".
Brilliant summary of a few small cost things that have a large impact.
How many other signals are being sent?
Jim B. once pointed out that some organizations are entirely run by the accountants. You can have a good idea. You can justify the good idea. You can show ROI for the good idea. And you can still be shot down in flames with feeble excuses like "it wasn't part of this year's budget, so we won't do it."