By Bernd Debusmann Jr
A list published by Great Place to Work Middle East included companies from a wide variety of sectors
Logistics giant DHL, tech firm Cisco and hospitality titan Hilton top a new list of the UAE’s top places to work in the private sector published by Great Place to Work Middle East.
The annual survey assesses the level of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie within an organisation.
Two-thirds of each company’s score is derived from confidential feedback from employees. The other one-third comes from an audit of management and HR practices.
Dubai-based furniture and retail company The One came in fourth place, while public relations firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies came in fifth place, up from 10th last year.
Bacardi, Omnicom Media Group, FedEx Express, Chalhoub Group and WSP-UAE rounded out the top 10.
“In these uncertain times, all businesses are naturally concerned about the impact to their financial performance, hence, we have launched the list today, as now, more than ever, employees are looking to their leaders and executive teams to take actions that protect both them and the business,” said Great Place to Work CEO Michael Burchell.
Burchell added that “a lot of thought energy goes into building and sustaining a great workplace culture.”
“Great workplaces place a premium on developing a high trust, high performance environment,” he added. “Every organisation that made it onto the list should be proud of themselves considering the high level of participation we had this year and the number of new companies entering the list.”
In addition to the private sector, Great Place to Work Middle East gave special recognition to a number of government entities, including the Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Police and the Dubai Future Foundation.
“We are very proud with the efforts put in by our existing and new strategic partners and their teams, who made it to the 2020 best workplaces in the UAE with some noticeable improvements,” said Ibrahim Mougharbel, senior vice president for regional marketing, Great Place to Work Middle East.
“Our objective remains to evolve the work culture in the GCC countries and the Middle East via empowering employees and accelerating performance, to reach their full potential,” he added.