Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority was incorporated in 1998 and its operations entail implementing government policies within the electricity and water sector. The firm supplies water and electricity to a population of approximately 1.4 million inhabitants in Abu Dhabi emirate (“Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company” Para. 2). A Board of Management manages the firm with the Managing Director assuming the responsibility of overseeing the firm’s operation. The three main functional areas in the company include planning and studies directorate, procurement and contracts directorate, and the finance and administration department (“Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company” Para. 2). ADWEA has established subsidiaries, which include Abu Dhabi Transmission & Dispatch Company (TRANSCO), Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), AL AIN Distribution Company (AADC), Bainounah Power Company (BPC) and Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) (“Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company” Para. 2).
The entity intends to position itself as an excellent entity in the provision of utilities such as water and electricity. As one of the firm’s employees, I intend to initiate an excellence award project [ADWEA Excellence Award] whose objective is to reward employees hence motivating them. A proposal for the excellence award project is provided here in.
ADWEA Excellence Award
The philosophies of scholars such as Juran, Crosby, and Deming have advocated for the best practices that firms should foster leading to the emergence of numerous certifications and awards recognizing their workforces’ efforts (Evans and Lindsay 114). The excellence award will be designed in a manner that appreciates the employees’ effort and hard work hence motivating them. Additionally, it is the organization’s desire that the recognition accorded to the successful employees through the ADWEA excellence award will boost their degree of confidence, trust, and thus their organizational identification. Considering the fact that ADWEA has established a number of subsidiaries, its objective is to ensure that quality is replicated in all the entities. Therefore, the excellence award will be designed in an inclusive manner thus eliminating any form of alienation of the constituent firms.
Timeline: The excellence award ceremony will be conducted annually to provide ADWEA’s employees with ample time to ensure that they improve their performance in order to qualify for the award. Additionally, one year will provide employees with enough time to complete their projects.
Nomination of winners
Selection of winners will be undertaken through nomination of candidates, which will be conducted within all the subsidiaries. The candidates will be selected by conducting a comprehensive employee performance appraisal. The appraisal will be undertaken based on a comprehensive criterion as outlined herein. According to McCabe (76), use of benchmarks is very effective in selecting candidates.
Excellence award categories
The excellence award will constitute two main categories as outlined below.
Best manager: The criteria for selecting the winners will be based on the candidates’ leadership ability. Examination on how the manager has been successful in guiding and sustaining the organization during the period within which the excellence award applies. Additionally, the managers will also be selected based on their governance ability. Some of the issues that will be taken into account with regard to governance include the managers’ ability to deal with corporate social responsibility issues such as legal and ethical issues.
Best manager award winners will also be evaluated on the effectiveness and efficiency with regard to strategic planning. The managers effectiveness and efficiency in advising ADWEA’s Board of Management on the necessary expansion plans in order to improve its capacity and ability to forecast electricity and water demands for Abu Dhabi city are some of the issues that will be taken into account. In addition to the above, best manager will also be subject to the candidate’s ability to utilize knowledge as one of the most important organizational asset. Other criterions that will be used include the managers’ ability to undertake process management, customer focus and satisfaction, human resource management, and development and presentation of diverse business results. The chart below illustrates a summary of the best manager award based on the SMART framework.
|Specific||Leadership effectiveness |
Strategic planning ability, Knowledge management skills, process management, customer focus and satisfaction, human resource management, and development and presentation of diverse business results
|Measurable||Evaluation of degree the managers’ efficiency in undertaking the above tasks [A scale of 10 points will be used to evaluate the above variables where 10= very efficient and 1= inefficient].|
|Achievable||Evaluation of the firm’s performance with regard to human and financial elements.|
|Relevant||Determination of the degree to which the managers’ actions are valuable to the firm’s long-term survival. Does it contribute to attainment of the firm’s objectives? |
[A scale of 5 points will be used where 5= very worthwhile and 1= not worthwhile]
|Time-bound||How effective has the manager been in undertaking the aforementioned roles within 1 year.|
Best engineer: The best engineer will be selected based on a number of issues, which include the ability to utilize the engineering methodologies, systems, and tools as defined by ADWEA, effectiveness in developing work practices for their respective business-unit plant engineers and effectiveness to design proposals for specific projects that the firm intends to initiate within the award duration. The best engineer will also be selected on his or her effectiveness to undertake project communication management and risk management. The engineers’ professional integrity will also form the basis of selection.
Best employee: With regard to the best employee, the selection will be conducted by taking into account the employee’s ability to execute the assigned task successfully within the allocated timeframe. Other criteria that will be incorporated include in the selection process include analyzing the employee’s attendance, cooperation, responsibility, reliability, discipline, and attitude towards his or her duties.
Best new employees: Selection of best new employees will be undertaken by taking into account the time within which the new employee takes to be fully inducted into the organization and become fully conversant with their job description and the firm’s operation.
Best project of the year: Selection of the best project of the year will be undertaken by analyzing the contribution of the project to the firm’s annual performance. Additionally, its contribution of the project to the company’s competitiveness with regard to attractiveness to human capital will also be analyzed. Additionally, the best project will also be selected by evaluating the level of performance within the project. Some of the issues that will be evaluated include its focus towards the attainment of the project goals. The effectiveness and efficiency with which change management, risk management, procurement management, and dealing with project complexity are undertaken in the project will be analyzed. Additionally, the degree of collaboration created between the various external and internal stakeholders within the project will also be taken into account.
Best initiative: In the course of its operation, ADWEA is committed towards ensuring that it operates in social responsible manner. Consequently, the reward will recognize the best initiative that has been undertaken across its subsidiaries. Some of the initiatives that will be considered include those focused at dealing with climate change
Best team: To select the best team, ADWEA will evaluate the performance of the various teams established in all its subsidiaries. The parameters for selection include the techniques and processes that the team employed in undertaking the assigned tasks and evaluation of the outcomes or results attained.
Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company 2013. Web.
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McCabe, Steven. Benchmarking in construction, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2001. Print.