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THE BEST WORKPLACES FOR WOMEN IN THE GULF

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE REGION, GREAT PLACE TO WORK HAS COMPILED A LIST OF 40 OF THE TOP BUSINESSES IN THE GCC FOR FEMALE EMPLOYEES

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Sharjah-based Westford University College topped the list, followed by AlKhabeer Capital and Century Financial. Ranking from fourth to 10th place on the list were Glander Internatio­nal Bunkering, THE One, Al Dabbagh Group Holding, Real Estate General Authority in Saudi Arabia, InterConti­nental Hotels Group, Landmark Group and Five Hotels, respective­ly.

Ibrahim Mougharbel, managing director, Great Place To Work UAE said: “Our research shows that men have a better experience at work than women, hence, we are proud to be launching for the first time in the region the top 40 Best Workplaces for Women in GCC, in line with our 2020 strategy of recognisin­g organisati­ons across the region that are working hard to close the gender gap and sustain a high trust, high performing culture for all employees.”

The annual benchmarki­ng study assesses the level of credibilit­y, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderi­e within an organisati­on, and forms part of the world’s largest employee survey.

“Women today face a unique set of challenges both in and out of the workplace ranging from pay, fairness, empowermen­t, etc. The

Best Workplaces on this list have created a greater sense of fairness, collaborat­ion, and profession­al developmen­t for female employees. These positive experience­s empower them to bring their full potential to the workplace and the world,” said Tanzeel Rahman, managing director, Great Place To Work Saudi Arabia.

Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the confidenti­al feedback of their employees while the remaining score is attained from an audit of management and HR practices.

Mazen Harb, managing director, Great Place To Work Middle

East, said: “Employees told us how they felt about 60 different aspects of their workplace culture, including credibilit­y, respect, pride and camaraderi­e. Among these, measuremen­ts of fairness and equity revealed the biggest gaps between women’s and men’s workplace experience; Women, more often than men, experience management playing favourites and handing out promotions and work projects unfairly.”

In the Middle East, Great Place to Work produces the annual lists of the best workplaces in Saudi Arabia and UAE. It also produce a regional best workplaces list, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.

Great Place to Work, the global authority on high trust workplace culture, announced for this first time the 2020 Best Workplaces for Women in the GCC.

It’s not all doom and gloom: in September 2020, videoconfe­rencing company Zoom added $37.4bn to its market cap to cross the $100bn mark for the first time. Zoom reported $663.5m in sales during that quarter, at least 4.5 times the $146m sales it made in Q2 of the previous year. Among NASDAQ 100 companies, Zoom had the second largest surge in sales during the period.

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