Firms urged to fo­cus on staff to stop ex­o­dus

7 Days in Dubai - - BUSINESS -

Com­pa­nies in the UAE need to do more to stop their staff from be­com­ing de­mo­ti­vated.

That was the mes­sage from some of the top com­pa­nies here who were re­ply­ing to a sur­vey of 20,000 em­ploy­ees across the GCC work­force that re­vealed al­most one in two staff mem­bers, 43 per cent, were fed up and de­mo­ti­vated at work.

The sur­vey by so­cial re­cruit­ment plat­form Bloovo.com paints a bleak pic­ture of the GCC work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, but that isn’t the case with all com­pa­nies, as 7DAYS found out.

Vi­viana Vil­las­mil, an ac­count ex­ec­u­tive with We­ber Shand­wick said she can’t speak highly enough of her em­ployer.

“We­ber is the kind of com­pany that is there for their em­ploy­ees in the sense that you don't feel like just a num­ber on their ros­ter,” she said.

“When a col­league had a be­reave­ment, at no point was it ever a ques­tion that this per­son would have the op­por­tu­nity to go home, in fact, they were more con­cerned with how this per­son was do­ing, than about when they were com­ing back to the of­fice.”

She said the com­pany is also big on or­ganic growth.

“You have peo­ple that started as of­fice work­ers or re­cep­tion­ists grow within the com­pany in a ma­jor way,” she said.

“They're never skimpy with days off and are flex­i­ble with tim­ings.

“I know of many com­pa­nies will­ing to knock off part of your wage if you're late, and twice as many that strictly de­mand you scan in ev­ery­day via card, fin­ger­print, and now even fa­cial scan. “There will be days you come in late just like there will be days where you have to stay late, in the end it bal­ances out.

“Al­though th­ese things are small, they make all the dif­fer­ence.”

DHL was voted the best em­ployer in the UAE in 2016 by great­place­towork.ae.

“What makes DHL a Great Place to Work is our fun­da­men­tal ethos that - our em­ploy­ees are the key to our suc­cess, quite sim­ply to mo­ti­vate peo­ple lead to much higher rates of pro­duc­tiv­ity which re­sults in im­proved in­ter­nal pro­cesses and an en­hanced customer ex­pe­ri­ence,” said a spokesper­son.

“A pro­mo­tion rate of 80 per cent is tes­ta­ment to the fact that we are de­vel­op­ing our in­ter­nal tal­ent to grow with the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“The DHL culture can be sum­marised as em­ploy­ees hav­ing their best day ev­ery day.”

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