Bayt.com, the Middle East’s number one jobsite, has once more been placed amongst the “Top Companies to Work for in the UAE” by the Great Place to Work Institute, a global research and management consultancy. The official list, published in the February issue of Executive Magazine and Business Pioneer, is a ranking of the nation’s 15 best employers based on the confidential feedback of employees and an audit of management practices. A ceremony to celebrate the winners was held last night at the H Hotel in Dubai.
The rankings were compiled by The Great Place to Work Institute that recognizes the best workplaces in more than 45 countries across the world. To pick the “Top Companies to Work for in the UAE”, the Great Place to Work Institute 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 programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication, and development.
"It gives us great pride to have once more been recognised as one of the UAE’s top companies to work for. We consider ourselves to be a people’s business, and we go to great measures to ensure that our pan-regional teams have nothing but the best working conditions. This includes providing top-class training, support, and a working environment that fosters teamwork, creativity, entrepreneurship and the development of exciting ideas that carry Bayt.com forward as the region’s number one jobsite,” said Rabea Ataya, Bayt.com Chairman and CEO.
Employees at Bayt.com, affectionately called ‘Baytheads’, benefit from a bright, cheerful work environment across the MENA-wide network of offices. They enjoy, among other perks, a diligent, systematic approach to training and development, including monthly internal training schedules and generous external training allowances; regular team-building activities; flexible working hours for mothers; a ‘kind culture’, where values are centered around earning the admiration and respect of internal and external communities.
There is a strong emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and improving the communities that baytheads live in. The overall feeling throughout the offices is that employees are involved in something much bigger and better than merely a job; they are involved in making the region a better, richer, more prosperous place through CSR initiatives and the industry-leading jobsite that is Bayt.com. Internal and external communications permeate the organization so that all stakeholders are regularly reminded of Bayt.com’s vision (‘To be a Middle Eastern institution that is a globally recognized, respected and admired indispensable extension of people's lives’) and mission (‘Lifestyle Engineering: To empower people with the tools and knowledge to build their lifestyles of choice’), while keeping everyone in touch with news, enhancements and developments.
Commenting on the Top Companies list, David Robert, Chief Executive Officer of Great Place to Work Gulf, said: “We would like to send a sincere thank you to all of the companies that participated in the program this year and to congratulate each of the 15 companies that have been recognized as top companies to work for in the UAE. 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.”
Details of the full list can be found at www.greatplacetowork.ae, or through the Business PIONEER and Executive magazines in their February issues.
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