Firms urged to focus on staff to stop exodus
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.”