By Staff writer
Logistics company DHL retains title in new Great Place To Work Institute rankings ahead of Ericsson
Logistics company DHL has been named as the best company to work for in the UAE in 2015, according to a new study.
The Great Place To Work (GPTW) Institute revealed its fifth annual list of the top 15 companies with DHL retaining the top spot it achieved last year.
According to GPTW, DHL "puts its workplace initiatives above its strategic plans and continues to improve its employee value proposition".
It said every aspect of the employee lifecycle at DHL, from recruitment to retirement, is "perfectly aligned to the company’s core values, business objectives, vision and mission".
Climbing from fourth place to become this year’s runner-up, was Ericsson, followed by Omnicom Media Group which retained third position.
"We are deeply honoured to not only be one of the country’s best employers again but also in the company of such impressive like-minded organisations," said Elie Khouri, CEO of Omnicom Media Group MENA.
Khouri said the company places a lot of emphasis on improving its employee value proposition every year.
"We don’t compete with one another as much as we actually fight the same battle, which is to elevate HR practices in the region for the benefit of all. If there is competition, it is in fact with ourselves. Improving our employee value proposition to warrant their continuous endorsement year after year requires a constant attention on the effectiveness of our approach. It's not easy but it’s certainly worth it, as our team's happiness at work is the source of most of our successes and achievements," he added.
THE One came in at fourth, climbing up one spot from 2014, while Marriott advanced two spots to be ranked fifth.
Ron Thomas, CEO of GPTW Gulf, said: "Each year the programme is becoming more competitive as companies strive to improve their workplaces. We are pleased to see new companies make the list this year and that some of our previous list makers have improved their positions among the top 15.
"A special mention goes to our top company, DHL, which has been busy implementing new initiatives to retain its winning position," he said.
Thomas added: "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 realising the impact a positive workplace experience can have on this goal."
GPTW also ranked biz-group, a business strategy, training and corporate team building company with offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as the UAE's top SME to Work For for the second consecutive year.
In second position was DABO & CO, followed by new list maker Abu Dhabi Finance in third position.
The annual study assesses the level of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie within an organisation.