EPDA-RAK Ranked First in the Career Satisfaction Index December 10,2017
Ras Al Khaimah Environmental Protection and Development Authority (EPDA-RAK) has ranked first in the 2017 Career Satisfaction Index in the government departments and authorities category in Ras Al Khaimah, as part of the requirements to participate in the Fourth Generation of Government Excellence System.
“This achievement would not have been possible without His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, support of environmental initiatives and projects implemented by us, which in turn provided EPDA-RAK and its members with the opportunities to achieve a global institutional reputation in creating a sustainable environment,”
“The follow-up and involvement of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate and Chairman of the Board of Directors of a number of the our programmes and activities to aid the development of institutional support capabilities, promoting a culture of innovation and transparency, consolidating the concept of environmental sustainability, fisheries, livestock and agriculture, and reducing the Emirate's environmental footprint.” Said Dr Saif Al Ghais, Executive Director of EPDA-RAK.
Authorities and Transparency
Dr Al Ghais pointed out that the delegation of authority, transparency and enhancing the employees participation in the decision-making process were the true secrets in EPDA-RAK' ranking first in the Career Satisfaction Index. Thus, employees were assigned tasks that exceeded the expectations, such as: membership of ministerial committees and participation in global conferences, the participation of all members in community initiatives that aim to protect the environment and sustaining its resources, the participation in presenting lectures and introducing innovative, literary and artistic competitions aimed at developing environmental awareness within the framework of the Student Environmental Protection Teams Initiative that involved around 700 students from different stages from kindergartens and schools within the emirate.
“The pleasant atmosphere that we provide our staff with helped them gain a great deal of excellence in the Career Satisfaction Index, by offering their innovations and engaging in sessions held in the nature as per the Innovate in the Nature initiative,” Added Al Ghais.
He then continued: “EPDA-RAK also succeeded in highlighting the identity of its employees through uniforms that reflect our true identity and the nature of the diverse work entrusted to it. The implementation of activities, such as: numbering sea turtles, diving operations to install industrial caves in coastal waters, distribution of seedlings of low water consumption local trees within the Million and One Tree Initiative, professional and industrial facilities supervised by environmentalists and the participation in social gatherings organized by the entity outside official working hours also helped our employees feel happy.”
Mohammed Fahmi, the acting organizational excellence expert at EPDA-RAK, explained that the EPDA-RAK organizational structure, in terms of the closeness between the executive director and the other organizational levels, has significantly contributed in achieving such a rank. It also strengthened the open door policy between the Executive Director and the rest of the staff and the ease and effectiveness of communication within the entity and supported institutional learning processes and enhanced the opportunities for every employee to initiate, create and innovate.