Facilities Management Middle East - - FEATURE -

Berke­ley has been on the UAE FM scene for the last 35 years, and dur­ing that time the firm has notched up one of the best staff re­ten­tion rates. Latheesh K. says this is due of the man­ner in which Berke­ley has been struc­tured, pro­mot­ing growth from within. “Most of the area op­er­a­tions’ man­agers have been with Berke­ley for a min­i­mum of 20 years. These man­agers are re­spon­si­ble for dif­fer­ent geo­graphic ar­eas all over the coun­try. We have had a few man­agers join di­rectly at higher po­si­tions, mostly in IT but when it comes to clean­ing you have to have hands- on ex­pe­ri­ence. If a su­per­vi­sor doesn’t know the job how can they be ex­pected to get the best out of their team? “There are 10 types of floor­ing sur­faces and it re­quires them to know what chem­i­cals and equip­ment are best suited, for in­stance,” says Latheesh who him­self has been with the com­pany for 23 years hav­ing started as a tech­ni­cian, even­tu­ally work­ing his way to di­rec­tor soft ser­vices.

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