GE among ‘Top Companies to work for in UAE’
Dubai, February 6, 2013
General Electric (GE) has been officially recognised as one of the 15 ‘Top Companies to Work for in the UAE’ by Great Place to Work Institute, a global research and management consultancy.
The ranking is based on the confidential feedback of employees and an audit of management practices, a statement from the company said.
Last year, GE was honoured as one of the Top 5 ‘Great Place to Work’ for women and Emiratis. It was earlier also ranked among the world’s top 25 most inventive companies by ‘Business Week,’ and in the top 50 most innovative companies ranking by ‘Fast Company,’ GE is an equal opportunity company.
At a ceremony held at H Hotel in Dubai, Wayne Davies, head of human resources, Mena & Turkey, received the latest award, on behalf of GE.
Nabil Habayeb, GE’s president and chief executive for Mena and Turkey, said: “The honour as one of the top 15 companies to work for in the UAE is a testament to our credentials as an employer of choice. The UAE is one of our strategic markets in the region, where we have over eight decades of partnerships.”
“As the headquarters of our regional operations, we are committed to drawing on the best in employee talent in the UAE, enabling us to support the growth goals of our partners in varied sectors including energy, power, water, healthcare and aviation.”
“Over the years, GE has demonstrated its thought leadership by being at the forefront of driving the social and economic vision of the UAE,” Habayeb said. “Our leadership programmes and investments in sustainable developmental programmes underline our commitment to be a true partner in the nation’s progress. The honour will enable us to further attract bright UAE talent, strengthening our company to country approach of driving innovation to address local requirements.”
David Robert, chief executive of Great Place to Work Gulf, said: “Great Place to Work conducts the most credible and objective workplace studies in over 45 countries, and by doing so we are uniquely positioned to be able to help companies increase the level of trust within their organisations and ultimately drive profitability.”
To pick the ‘Top Companies to Work for in the UAE’, the institutes conducts an evaluation of each participating company. Two-thirds of the company’s score is based on the results of the institute’s trust index survey, which is sent to the employees from each company.
The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management’s credibility, employee engagement and job satisfaction. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the institute’s culture audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefits programmes and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication, and development.
To ensure the continued personal and professional growth of employees, GE has an annual investment of $1 billion in employee training and development globally. The company offers several training programmes for its employees in addition to promoting entrepreneurial culture.
GE routinely takes part in career fairs and also has a clearly structured human resources programme to identify and nurture UAE national and female talent.
With over 1,000 employees in the UAE and eight facilities, GE last year opened a new green and contemporary office in Sowwah Square, in Abu Dhabi, which uses recycled, renewable and sustainable materials in its design, apart from the company’s ecomagination-certified products. – TradeArabia News Service
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