Confirming its sustained value-add to the business, the Dubai Aluminium (“DUBAL”) Suggestion Scheme, again notched up a successful year in 2012. Established in May 1981, the scheme has is currently in its 32nd year and the level of employee involvement shows no sign of abating. To the contrary, Abdulla Kalban (President & CEO), advises that DUBAL employees at non-supervisory level submitted 27,982 ideas to the scheme during 2012, of which 19,269 were implemented and awarded.
“This has brought the total number of implemented and awarded ideas to 156,812 since the Suggestion Scheme’s inception,” Kalban says. “Moreover, the audited savings potential of the ideas implemented in 2012 amounted to AED 19.6 million, which raised the total savings achieved by the Suggestion Scheme over the last 32 years to more than AED 152 million. Also, the overall employee participation rate reached the 100 per cent mark for the seventh consecutive year, which means that at least one suggestion was implemented and awarded per eligible employee during 2012 – statistically speaking, there 7.3 awarded suggestions per eligible employee. These figures are extremely gratifying, especially as they again highlight the continued success of our Suggestion Scheme and the fact that it currently numbers among very few such schemes to have endured for as many years.”
Kalban addressed the audience at the annual Suggestion Scheme Awards ceremony, held at Grand Hyatt Dubai on Tuesday 19 March 2013, and encouraged all employees to continue supporting the programme as it contributes substantially to DUBAL’s success. Several honorary guests from Dubai government departments and local industry who have harnessed DUBAL’s experience in the suggestion scheme field also attended the event.
As in prior years, all DUBAL employees were invited to attend the Suggestion Scheme Awards ceremony, along with executive management. The primary aim of the event was to honour those employees whose suggestions won the five different Suggestion Scheme Award categories.