DEWA launches staff innovation fund
Fund will support ideas gathered from internal ideas portal
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched an innovation fund which will be used to develop ideas suggested by employees.
The fund will support ideas gathered from the MyDEWAideas portal, an internal portal which allows staff to share ideas and suggestions to improve the company's work.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA commented: "DEWA's Innovation Fund was inspired by the words of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who observed that, ‘Nothing motivates an employee more than seeing the results of his own achievements.'
"DEWA is committed to supporting talented employees, while providing them with the tools required to achieve DEWA's vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility."
Marwan Bin Haider, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA added: "Since its launch last year, the portal has provided a central repository to manage innovation and ensure continuous improvement and development, while creating a platform by which we can achieve our developmental objectives. It focuses on enhancing communication among all staff, and also facilitates the study and discussion of their suggestions and ideas with all divisions and departments, including DEWA's management.
"Our staff's positive reaction to the portal underlines their understanding of their responsibilities as well as their commitment to enhancing government services and their work environment. It also reflects their support to this excellent initiative and their willingness to share their ideas and suggestions to achieve more successes and accomplishments," he said.
MyDEWAideas is the first creativity programme in the Government of Dubai where employees are actively encouraged to vote and comment on other employees' ideas and to collaborate and share best practices. DEWA is the first organisation in the region to use HYPE software, which allows staff to collaborate and vote on the best ideas submitted, similar to social media sites.