UAE’s DEWA makes workplace inclusive with new policies

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has introduced a range of inclusive workplace decision policies and procedures for its workers in the work environment and society.

The plan involves Human Resource Policy, DEWA’s HR Diversity Valuation and Management Policy, Policy for Happiness, and Housing and Empowerment Policy for People of Determination.

DEWA has comprehensive processes such as talent development, talent management and case management programs to empower people of determination (POD). It helps them to unlock their potential, demonstrate their talents and build new avenues as competent, imaginative, and active individuals for positive participation in social activities.

DEWA promotes the steps customized to employee needs, such as the renovation of 100% of its facilities and buildings to conform to the Dubai Universal Design Code, the provision of equipment, assistive technology, gadgets and smart apps, flexible working hours and procedures, as well as facilities and privileges in HR services via DEWA’s Smart Office. With exclusive services and discounts, a customized POD category has been introduced to the DEWA Store.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“DEWA strives to achieve the National Policy for Empowering People of Determination, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to create an inclusive society that ensures empowerment and a decent life for POD and their families. It also supports the ‘My Community… a City for Everyone’ initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a city that is accessible for POD by 2020”.

“DEWA adopts policies and procedures that are aligned with the best international practices that ensure POD are employed in suitable positions. This is through an inclusive employment process that gives them equal working opportunities and achieves their happiness in a resilient and qualified environment that empowers them to utilize their potential and active participation,” added Al Tayer.

Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA and Chairman of DEWA’s Advisory Council for POD said, “DEWA constantly reviews and improves its inclusive policies and achieves the best local and global practices in empowering and including POD in the workplace. This protects their rights at work and in society. It also provides them with equal opportunities throughout the entire employment process”.

Through programs like’ Absher’, ‘Sadiqi’, Legal Advisor and Counselling Support Programme, DEWA supports its Employees of Determination at work.