What Employee Empowerment Means
Many companies talk about empowering employees, but at DCS Corp, our values and ownership structure have combined to create a corporate way of life that truly empowers employees to realize their potential as they contribute to the growth of our company.
Employees are involved in decision-making and policy management that contributes to the overall effectiveness that we can offer our customers. We have process action teams, executive action teams, ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System initiatives and community and corporate outreach events, all of which include employee representation. These initiatives are designed to respond to specific operations or administrative opportunities to improve our effectiveness and efficiency. Employee empowerment and involvement in these decision-making committees is key to reaching our goal of continual improvement in our Quality Management System.
Employees, historically, have instituted constructive channels for communication with management and the groundwork laid by employee initiatives in the past continue today. These channels include opportunities to directly suggest internal opportunities to improve management techniques, corporate efficiency and the quality that we provide to our customers. Our Employee Advisory Committee is composed of volunteer employee representatives at each location. The Committee considers employee input and makes recommendations to management as to how to appropriately respond to these opportunities.
In addition, our Employee Stock Ownership Plan includes provisions by which employee-owners recommend the nomination of an employee representative to the Board of Directors. The employee representative is actively involved in key business functions and shaping the course of the company’s strategic agenda.
These are just a few examples of how we are empowered to act within DCS Corp and improve the way that we do business and satisfy our customers’ needs.