DP world saves dhs14 million through group suggestions and rewards scheme
Dubai world group saves dhs645 million over six years;
special ceremony Honours DP world staff
Global marine terminal operator DP World saved Dhs14 million in the period 2004-2008 by implementing the Group Suggestions and Rewards Scheme (SRS) originally designed by Dubai World and administered by the Group’s Business Excellence Center (BEC).
The scheme, a pro-active employee engagement programme endorsed by Dubai World’s subsidiary companies, generated a recurring revenue and cost-saving of Dhs645 million for the group from 2003 to 2008. The group’s savings amounted to Dhs31 million through SRS in 2008. DP World alone saved Dhs14 million through SRS during 2004-2008.
The announcement was made last week at a special ceremony organised by the Group SRS and DP World to recognise and reward the port operator’s international award winners.
Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of DP World, UAE Region, and Abdul Qader Obaid Ali, Director, Group Internal Audit and Business Excellence and Chairman of Group SRS, jointly presided over the award ceremony held at DP World’s flagship terminal in Jebel Ali.
Senior DP World management and Awatif Mohammed, Manager, Group SRS, also attended the event, at which winners were presented with trophies and certificates.
Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of DP World, UAE Region, said: “The suggestions made by DP World employees have contributed greatly to saving time, money and effort, which in turn has considerably improved the company’s performance. By rewarding their efforts we are inspiring them to further excel in their work. We congratulate the winners and urge others to follow their example.”
Abdul Qader Obaid Ali, Director, Group Internal Audit and Business Excellence and Chairman of Group SRS, said: “Group SRS’ mission is to empower employees. Our strength and effectiveness comes from the feedback and suggestions of Dubai World staff. Our focus is on making the scheme transparent and the rules flexible. SRS aims to spread awareness among the employees that everyone in the organization has a role to play, and the right to submit suggestions, irrespective of job title.”
Awatif Mohammed, Manager, Group SRS, said: “The innovative ideas and excellent motivation by the DP World management and Group SRS have helped us achieve a number of international honours. The total savings for Dubai World was Dhs31 Million in 2008. I am confident that we will achieve more in the coming years and set up a new bench mark for global business excellence.”
DP World staff honoured at the ceremony include Masoud Al Nouri, Director of Technical Department, DP World, UAE Region; Nabil Qayed, Senior Manager of Technical Department, and Mohammed Al Mas, Manager of General Cargo Department. All received trophies for their outstanding contributions and support for Group SRS.
John Martin Pugh, Manager, Container Operations, and Jifry Cottage, Chargehand, Technical Department, were honoured as finalists in the ideas UK International Competitions.
Silver and Bronze award winners as well as Highly Commended and Commended Suggestions winners also received trophies.
Jaber Mohammed received a certificate for his outstanding contribution and support to Group SRS as Area Representative of the Technical Department.
Three students from Dubai Men’s College - Rashid Mahmood Al Dallal, Khalid Mohamed Al Balooshi and Majid Sultan Al Mannaei, were recognised for successfully completing a Tandem-Spreader Container Crane Project under the guidance of DP World, UAE Region. The project constituted part of the student training programme.
Group SRS, launched in 2003, has brought to Dubai World companies numerous intangible benefits such as improving safety, environment, customer satisfaction, administrative and office procedures and personnel affairs.
The benefits of involving the staff in enhancing workplace efficiency and rewarding them for their initiatives are reflected in high staff morale and a more efficient channel of communication between the management and the employees.
International recognitions that Group SRS has won include: 2004 Idea of the Year Award in Technology Category from IdeasUK, the Cardiff-based independent association dedicated to the development of effective staff suggestion schemes from within companies; 2006 Idea of the Year Award - Health & Safety Category - from ideas UK; Idea of the Year Award - Technical and Productivity Categories - from ideasArabia; 2007 Idea of the year Awards – Productivity Category from ideasUK and ideasArabia; and 2008 Runners up in Productivity Category from ideasArabia. The scheme has also won eight Highly Commended Suggestions and nine Commended Suggestions awards from ideasUK.
Apart from this, recognition also came from the US-based Employee Involvement Association (EIA) which awarded Group SRS nine Silver Awards and 20 Bronze Awards.
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