24 hours with ... Andy Reid
Business development manager, Qatar International Safety Centre
In the first of our new features, we ask Andy Reid, business development manager, Qatar International Safety Centre, how he spends one particular working day.
05.30: Alarm goes off, start of a new day, into a shower and grab a bit of breakfast.
06.15: Join the road to our training facility in street 45 in Salwa Industrial Area. The journey normally takes about 30 minutes or so, however the traffic is not as bad as it used to be. The new road set up is much better and will get better once the roads are complete, not so stressful.
06.35: I arrive at the office and do my usual good mornings to all staff and have a cup of tea before our 7am management meeting between our business manager and commercial manager.
07.00: Management meeting starts with our business manager asking if we have any outstanding issues that require immediate response and closed out. We then take it in turns to communicate the previous week’s events and the look ahead for the coming week, such arrange any meetings with our clients, etc.
07.30: Meeting is finished and back to my hot desk and go through my mails and respond to as many as I can.
08.00: I like to take a walk through the centre as our clients are now starting their training courses and it’s always good to show face as a manager and say hello to our clients. I proceed to walk through the whole training facility to make sure all is looking good and say hello to our support team as they are very important to us. They are the guys who make sure everything is in place for the day's training events.
08.30: Working on a proposal for a potential client in Abu Dhabi regarding the management and running of a new training centre on their behalf.
11.45: Take a quick break for lunch, typical fast food on the go lunch! Heading off for another meeting.
13.00: I arranged a few catch up meetings due to the holy month of Ramadan and EID just finished and is getting back to normal. I Had a meeting with our marketing department at our C Ring road corporate office as QISC has 2 safety day events during the month of September for our clients annual safety days. QISC has picked out a new stand design to align ourselves with the corporate branding.
14.15: I am off to another meeting with a client who is very interested in our total managed service solution centralised one stop shop approach for internationally approved competency safety training.
The meeting went extremely well and the client wants to hold talks at a more senior level for us to present the cost benefits of such an approach.
We discussed most companies in Doha have a policy that they must go for three quotes if they want to purchase an item or a service and generally the cheapest quote wins. I personally, think is it not the best way to judge or purchase such an important investment when safety training involved. I feel quality should never be compromised and that’s exactly what happens when it comes to safety training. You pay for what you get!
I spend a lot of my time explaining to clients that good quality safety training is an investment, poor quality and cheap training is throwing money away and their workforce end up either being injured, seriously injured and of course ultimately critically injured.
It’s my view that we all deserve to go home safe to our family every day without fail and I am sure any decent organisation would promote the same attitude to keeping their workforce safe. We all agreed that quality assurance competency training is the way forward and raise the bar regarding health and safety within the construction industry here in Qatar.
16.30: I head home for a change of shirt and a quick bite to eat as I have another meeting to go to at the other side of Doha at 6.30pm.
18.30: Finally reach Texas A & M for the Qatar IOSH Branch meeting held every two months. This is well attended by various health and safety practitioners sharing knowledge, experiences and initiatives in the health and safety world.
20.30: Meeting comes to an end and a 45-minute drive back to home. Get home, open laptop, check my mails and respond to them, put on a movie and chill for the rest of the evening and in bed before midnight.
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