Cisco among Kingdom’s best workplaces: GPTW survey

Salman Faqeeh, Managing Director, Cisco Saudi Arabia
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Updated 19 April 2020

Cisco among Kingdom’s best workplaces: GPTW survey

Cisco has been identified as one of the “Best Workplaces in Saudi Arabia,” by Great Place to Work (GPTW) Middle East, achieving second position in this year’s list.
GPTW recognized 25 private and nine public and nonprofit entities in the Kingdom, evaluating their success based on a comprehensive employee satisfaction survey and external audit.
“We are extremely grateful to see the recognition that Cisco Saudi Arabia is receiving. I would like to thank each and every person on our team, who helps create a work environment which we look forward to each day. We remain committed to our people, with a vision of inspiring and uplifting them to achieve their full potential. We will continue to uphold these values and ensure that Cisco remains one of the best companies to work for in the Kingdom,” said Salman Faqeeh, managing director, Cisco Saudi Arabia.


34 entities have made it to the ‘Best Workplaces in Saudi Arabia’ list, released by Great Place to Work Middle East.

Cisco Saudi Arabia’s achievement comes in part from its adoption of a “conscious culture.” To create a positive working environment, Cisco ensures that its employees are encouraged to reflect on their practices and become increasingly self aware. Greater awareness helps the company enhance trust, empathy and integrity among peers.
Cisco has a diverse workforce, consisting of different genders, ethnicities, religions and more. Cisco’s goal is to be diverse across every function of its business, in every region and at all job levels. In ensuring diversity and inclusion, the company aims to illustrate equal opportunities for all of its staff.
Additionally, employee well-being is regarded as a priority, with the organization having introduced its own mental health strategy and campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma.
Cisco also runs the Pavelka Program — a well-being initiative focused on providing employees with the advice and resources needed to enable a healthy lifestyle.
Michael Burchell, CEO, GPTW Middle East, said: “Every organization that made it onto the list should be proud of this noteworthy accomplishment. Based on our annual benchmarking study, we can say, without a doubt, that these 34 entities are the best workplaces in Saudi Arabia. Congratulations to all the list makers.”

Signify expands UV-C disinfection portfolio to meet demand

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Signify expands UV-C disinfection portfolio to meet demand

Signify, a global professional and consumer lighting brand, is increasing its UV-C lighting production capacity and expanding its UV-C product portfolio. The company is leveraging more than 35 years of expertise in UV-C lighting to address the growing global need for the disinfection of air, surfaces and objects. 

“By increasing capacity and broadening the UV-C portfolio, Signify is helping keep people safe in a world that’s adjusting to a new normal,” the company said.

Its UV-C lighting is well-proven and trusted as an effective disinfectant. This was recently validated in a laboratory test by Boston University, showing that Signify’s UV-C light sources inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19 in a matter of seconds. This is crucial as it comes at a time when organizations are seeking ways to continue operations and provide service in a safe environment.

Signify’s new UV-C product range includes luminaires and chambers for a wide variety of professional applications. “We have introduced 12 families of UV-C lighting fixtures specifically designed to disinfect air, surfaces and objects. These products target different customer segments ranging from offices, schools, gyms, retail stores, warehouses, as well as on public transport,” said Harsh Chitale, leader of Signify’s Digital Solutions division. 

Part of the range are UV-C fixtures that are ideal for the deep disinfection of surfaces in offices, schools and restrooms. They are equipped with sensors and controls to ensure that they only operate when people and animals are not present. Other products include mobile, freestanding UV-C luminaires that can be wheeled into a hotel room or used to disinfect surfaces on public transport such as buses and trains. 

For the disinfection of objects, Signify launched a range of safe and quick-to-use UV-C disinfection chambers. These chambers are used in offices and municipal buildings to disinfect visitor tags, phones, bags, laptops and wallets in a matter of seconds. In stores they are ideal for disinfecting returned items, glasses or clothes tried on in a changing room. 

UV-C fixtures can also be used inside surface disinfection tunnels. In North America, a large retailer is piloting a UV-C tunnel for disinfecting shopping trolleys. In India, a hotel plans to use a Signify UV-C tunnel for disinfecting guests’ bags at check-in. 

To complement its portfolio, Signify recently acquired the assets of Germicidal Lamps & Applications (GLA), a small, Netherlands-based company with extensive expertise in UV-C disinfection solutions. The deal includes GLA’s upper-room UV-C air disinfection portfolio as well as deep application knowledge. 

“The assets and know-how acquired from GLA will help us to accelerate the development of our roadmap of UV-C based upper-room air disinfection systems. We plan to make these products available across the world soon,” said Paul Peeters, leader of Signify’s Digital Solutions Europe.

The upper-room air disinfection luminaires can be used with people in the room, as they are installed at a height which, in combination with shielding and optics, prevents exposure to the UV-C light source. Air in the upper part of the room is constantly disinfected using UV-C irradiation and natural convection of airflow in the room. This makes these perfect for use in schools, offices, gyms, retail outlets and other high-contact areas.