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Revealed: the best firms to work for in the UAE

Logistics firm DHL is named as the best place to work in the UAE for the third consecutive year

Revealed: the best firms to work for in the UAE

Logistics firm DHL has been named as the best place to work in the UAE for the third consecutive year, according to a new survey.

Great Place to Work, a global research, training and consultancy firm said DHL had retained its top spot after "nurturing employee development, creating a fun work environment, being transparent, listening and acting on employee feedback and celebrating successes".

It said DHL puts its workplace initiatives on top of its strategic plans and ensures that management spends time with frontline employees.

This year’s runner-up was THE One, which advanced two spots from 2015 followed by Omnicom Media Group who retained its third position.

In fourth place was first-time list maker Splash, while The Estee Lauder Companies came in fifth, climbing one spot from 2015.

Ranking from sixth to 10th place on the list were EMC, Weber Shandwick, Hilti Emirates, Hilton and FedEx respectively.

Rounding out the final 10 positions in the top 20 list were WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff, Hyatt, AstraZeneca Gulf, Al Ghandi Auto Group, Leminar, Dulsco, Eros Group, Apparel Group, 3M and UAE Exchange.

Great Place to Work said this year's list attracted a record level of participation in the UAE.

“There is a growing understanding among business leaders in the UAE that workplace culture has become a significant competitive advantage for organisations to attract and retain top talent,” said Maha Zaatari, managing director of Great Place to Work in the UAE.

She added that the increased focus on workplace culture by UAE companies comes at critical time for the country.

“The next decade will mark the post-oil transformation of the UAE and the government has made clear the importance of developing, attracting and retaining the best talent to achieve sustainable growth," she said.

"We need more companies contributing to this mission through cultures that nurture and develop their employees in terms of their capabilities and wellbeing. This focus on human capital has been proven to improve the happiness quotient of people and also make a significant contribution to helping the UAE realise its ambition to be the best country in which to live and work,” added Zaatari. 

The Top Companies to Work For annual benchmarking study assesses the level of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie within an organization, and forms part of the world’s largest employee survey. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the confidential feedback of their employees while the remaining score is attained from an audit of management and HR practices.

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