STC reports 22% rise in female employees in 2020

STC is currently working on providing its female employees with easy access to educational resources, aiming to enrich their knowledge and increase their expertise.
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Updated 15 October 2020

STC reports 22% rise in female employees in 2020

The number of female employees at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) shot up by 22.6 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year, while the percentage of female employees in leadership positions also increased dramatically, making up around 18 percent of the members of the company’s High Potential (HiPo) leadership program. It is STC’s most important program designed to prepare outstanding employees for leadership positions. Only three years after the company began hiring women, STC now employs around 3,000 female employees.

During the Women’s Forum event held on Wednesday at the STC headquarters in Riyadh, Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser, STC group CEO,  said that the accelerating numbers in female recruitment and empowerment reflect STC’s commitment to implementing the company’s “DARE” strategy in accordance with its corporate values, namely dynamism, devotion, and drive, which in turn have been inspired by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Al-Nasser said the empowerment of women is not limited to recruitment and leadership positions, but also comes in the form of opportunities for continuous development. STC is currently working on providing its female employees with easy access to educational resources, aiming to enrich their knowledge and increase their expertise in the areas required to achieve its strategy. He said women are encouraged to be a part of the company’s development programs such as the Specialist Development Program (SDP), noting that female employees represent 33 percent of the organizers of this program.

During the forum, Al-Nasser launched a campaign celebrating the recently initiated women’s board, titled “For Her,” with the aim of promoting STC’s values of dynamism, devotion, and drive, and utilizing them in the service of female employees. 

He noted that the framework and objectives of the board during its first session have been completed, and 16 female employees were selected to represent their sectors and to help the company identify the obstacles standing in the way of their female staff. The board will also share its views and suggestions to help the company develop a better work environment. Al-Nasser called on all leaders and colleagues to support this board and the outcomes they reach in order to bring about real change and development.

The chief executive said that STC remained committed to building, developing, and recruiting national talents despite the economic turmoil brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have joined forces
with all sectors, thus ensuring the continuation of the recruitment process. 

We have received two batches of recruits from the talent incubation program TIP. We have also recruited experienced specialists to the required positions by utilizing our digital transformation systems and advanced technologies,” Al-Nasser added.

Elaa to redefine corporate & government travel in KSA

Updated 20 October 2020

Elaa to redefine corporate & government travel in KSA

Seera Group, a travel services company, has announced the launch of Elaa 3.0, a digital travel management solution (TMS) that has been designed to optimize corporate and government travel bookings across Saudi Arabia.

A new dedicated portal has been launched for Elaa, Seera’s travel management company, which enables employees of partner organizations to make all their bookings and travel planning seamlessly without having to go through a tedious and costly manual process. This means reduced cost through higher levels of transparency, predefined policy setting and travel management efficiency.

“Elaa made the most of the downtime caused by travel restrictions during the pandemic by digitizing and simplifying the processes and enabling continuous improvement and innovation for its partner companies across private and public sectors,” a statement said.

The new improved platform can digitally connect everything for customers whilst supporting them in the new normal, as travel management policies, structures and strategies have changed following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government ministries, departments and corporations with large-scale travel management requirements, can now manage all their requirements through Elaa’s new portal, which is designed as a flexible and scalable booking platform that is easy to navigate and is both time- and cost-efficient.

Abdulrahman Mutrib, executive vice president and group chief technology officer of Seera Group, said: “The new reality has brought a significant change in the travel requirements of corporate and government entities. Travel policies are constantly being updated or reviewed, and only a travel management system that can factor in these changes in real-time can add true value to organizations. Over the past years, we have been investing significantly in digitizing our processes, and we are now ready to offer the next-generation TMS system for our customers.

“The digitization of the processes, end-to-end, will mean less complexities in bookings, easy modifications and changes, as needed, and higher levels of operational efficiency. The automation of travel management, through Elaa 3.0, will lead to not only saving time but also cost advantages for the organization.”

Among the benefits for customers include search, select and booking of employee trips as a self-service, as well as a streamlined and swift digital approval process seamlessly regulated with pre-configured internal travel policies.

“With real-time tracking of booking requests, Elaa 3.0 serves as a revolutionary product in the travel market sector in the Kingdom,” a statement said.

Elaa’s highly secure and automated platform aims to redefine corporate and government travel for the new era. Elaa, meaning “trusted adviser” in Arabic, has activated a suite of internal training programs to familiarize customers on the new models that will be implemented.