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Wed 17 Jun 2009 01:23 PM

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Abu Dhabi firms examine employees' skills

Workforce studies are increasingly being carried out to cut costs amid downturn.

Abu Dhabi firms examine employees' skills
STAFF WATCH: Abu Dhabi companies are increasingly turning to HR methods to improve production. (Getty Images)

Studies to work out employees’ strengths and weaknesses are increasingly being carried out by Abu Dhabi-based companies in a bid to streamline production and cut costs.

A survey of firms at a recent seminar by the global consultants Watson Wyatt found that almost two thirds were carrying out workforce and succession planning. The remaining companies said they were considering introducing a system soon.

This HR tool involves analysing a company’s staff needs in terms of its size, type and quality of workforce in order to achieve its objectives.

Tom Tice, senior consultant at Watson Wyatt Middle East, said: “Effective succession planning feeds off a solid workforce plan. As such, it is natural for an organisation to undertake workforce planning in advance of succession planning.

“More than anything, this is an indication of the HR market’s development in Abu Dhabi. As workforce planning proliferates in the region, succession planning should follow,” he said.

The survey consulted 13 organisations from both the public and private sector.

The biggest constraint to workforce planning faced by Abu Dhabi companies was cost, Watson Wyatt said.

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