Great Place to Work (GPTW) Institute UAE, part of a global research, training and consultancy firm that recognizes the best workplaces in over 50 countries worldwide, revealed its fifth annual list of the ‘Top 15 Companies to Work For in the UAE’ and second annual list of ‘Most Distinguished SMEs to Work For in the UAE’.
‘Top 15 Companies to Work For in the UAE’
Omnicom Media Group (OMG) retained last year’s third position. OMG was selected for their keen focus on work/life balance makes it stand out as a leading example of how organizations should integrate health and wellness into a company’s culture. OMG also has dedication and commitment from its senior leaders. The OMG’s HR forums are championed by the senior management and HR leaders and provide a confidential team environment for all employees to have a voice about their working lives. This incorporates all facets associated with discussing company initiatives, policies, idea generation, learning and development and enhances the collaboration between management and employees to create empowerment across the entire organization.
Weber Shandwick came in seventh place, for the effort that went into its recent office move. It made its in-house creative team work as a liaison between staff members and industrial designers and printers to ensure everything in the office represents the staff. From the plants chosen, to the imagery on the walls and even the bespoke welcome desk (that was custom-built to suit the height of its receptionist) – the Weber Shandwick Dubai office is branded with all of employees’ voices. It chose to engage all team members when branding the company, bringing its motto of “Engaging Always” to life.
“We’ve seen remarkable development in HR practices in the UAE since we launched our ‘Top Companies to Work For’ study five years ago. With the UAE Government determined to make the country a top business destination, which celebrates diversity and innovation, more companies are realizing the impact a positive workplace experience can have on this goal,” says Ron Thomas, CEO of GPTW Gulf, in a press statement.
Most Distinguished SMEs to Work For in the UAE
DABO & CO came in second for its strong practices in thanking, celebrating, caring and sharing (community).
Culture audit highlights include:
- Hires for attitude
- Asks questions around brand values
- Welcoming: HR, integration, introduction, directors (founders), social outing
- Monthly internal awards – peer-to-peer
- Annual awards – last year’s party was Hollywood-themed
- Discretionary bonuses
- Annual bonuses
- Social events – personal milestones, “DABO Days”
- Weekly company-wide meeting (each week has a different theme)
- 6-month performance reviews
- Sponsored trainings and education – sponsored one employee’s three-year Master’s program
- E-learning program
- Both Muslim & Christian holidays off
- Caring in times of need is very strong
- Corporate Social Responsibility – Dubai Cares
This year marked GPTW’s first joint celebration of Top Companies and Top SMEs in the UAE, a move which it hopes will allow all organizations to learn from each other.
“We would like to thank all participants in this year’s ‘Most Distinguished SMEs’ program and congratulate them on creating workplaces in which trust, pride and camaraderie flourish. These SMEs have implemented some extraordinary HR practices and remind us that every company, irrespective of size, can build a culture of workplace excellence,” says Thomas.
The annual benchmarking study – which assesses the level of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie within an organization – forms part of the world’s largest employee survey. Most of a company’s score (two-thirds) is based on the confidential feedback of their staff, with an audit of management and HR practices by the Institute comprising the remainder of the score.