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A car for an idea? Why not? OKD company drew the winner of the incentive programme called Continuous Improvement

A car for an idea? Why not? OKD company drew the winner of the incentive programme called Continuous Improvement

Ostrava (14 December 2010) – Radim Borový, a miner working in Darkov Mine, has become the lucky winner of the incentive programme called Continuous Improvement of OKD black coal mining company and for his innovative proposal has received a Škoda Fabia car. The mining company emphasises the importance of its employees' initiatives. That is why it announced an incentive programme for the employees of mines and supplying companies, the aim of which was to encourage them to submit proposals for improvements.

 “The programme through its clearly set rules , system of evaluation and rewards was conducive to better quality of ideas and increased involvement of employees,“  noted Leo Bayer, the Chief Operating Officer of OKD.


Each group or individuals who in 2010 suggested any idea which would improve the coal mining work or make it more effective, make the working environment more favourable and the mining work easier as well as increase the safety at work, and whose suggestion was found meaningful, had a chance to win a special bonus from the company.


The winner from Darkov Mine suggested an improvement reducing the risk of water penetration in a cable connector, thus limiting its damage. The proposed measure shall contribute to further enhancement of safety in the underground by preventing potential damage to cables and sensors.


In 2010 the employees of OKD and supplying companies submitted 730 meaningful suggestions for improvements. A total of 483 projects have been implemented so far, while additional 213 ideas are under implementation and 34 ideas were put to a database for future use. The employees have so far been paid out the incentive bonuses for successful proposals in the amount of CZK 1.14 million. The total savings, calculated by OKD company, achieved thanks to the employees' proposals reached CZK 118.6 million, on the account of which more bonuses shall be paid to employees.


“The Programme has clearly proven its worth. Apart from increasing the co-responsibility and solidarity of employees with the company, it brought special bonuses to employees, enhanced safety of work in mines, improved the working environment and the cost effectiveness of OKD company. Therefore, the company schedules another similarly focused programme for 2011, in which the experience gained this year in the framework of Continuous Improvement shall be applied,“ added Leo Bayer.



Vladislav Sobol, OKD, a.s. spokesman



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