Monday, December 28, 2015
There is a chance that UAE will be opening its doors again for kasambahay or household service workers if the talks will pursue and mutually beneficial to both parties, and maid's protection will be guaranteed.
Gulf News reported that:
"The UAE and Philippine labour officials will hold their second round of discussions on the issue of re-sending Filipino maids to the UAE in the first quarter of 2016.
UAE employers have not been able to hire maids directly from the Philippines since June 2014 due to conflicting recruitment rules from the UAE and labour-sending countries like the Philippines.
The issue arose when the Ministry of Interior introduced a unified contract for domestic workers that led to the suspension of various embassies’ role in verifying and attesting contracts, including the Philippines.
But the Philippines insists that based on their domestic laws, they are mandated to verify and record these contracts to protect their workers.
With the suspension of contract verification, no maids could be hired directly from the Philippines legally. This is a problem for many residents since Filipina maids are the preferred house help in the country.
Cruz said the second round of talks is expected to happen in the first quarter of 2016. Once all matters are agreed upon, an agreement is expected to be signed between the two countries in the following months."
Read the rest of the news entry here
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
15 Best Companies with Best Employers to Work for in UAE with Website Links
The Great Place to Work Institute (GPTW), a global research and management consultancy that recognises the best workplaces in over 45 countries worldwide, recently released its list of ‘Top Companies to Work for in the UAE’ and we brief you on the top 15 here.
At global logistics firm, DHL, its human capital work has centered on its ‘employee value proposition’, which includes Growth, Impact and Pride - all of which are evident from their onboarding programme to the customised learning and development plans each employee receives.
While Microsoft has a business-focused culture, it also works to create a sense of work/life balance. To that end, it introduced across multiple teams & businesses within Gulf the idea of having a visible Work-Life Balance Charter that the whole team prepares and signs together.
OMG’s keen focus on work/life balance makes it stand out as a leading example of how organisations should integrate health and wellness into a company’s culture. OMG also enjoys genuine dedication and commitment from its senior leaders.
Ericsson is passionate about its people and it has shown that it is willing to put its people at the center of its business strategy. Ericsson invests a significant amount of time listening to its employees and using their feedback to help shape future programs.
THE One is arguably the top company when it comes to the visible commitment and engagement of the CEO. Having authentic and consistent support and involvement from the CEO when it comes to the engagement of employees is critical.
Fed Ex’s P-S-P or “people-service-profit” philosophy guides all of their efforts. To thank employees who exemplify PSP, it uses the Purple Promise Award (PPA) which recognises a team member who goes beyond the typical expectations for his or her job to ensure the customer’s needs are met.
Employees at Marriott benefit from a culture of appreciation. As an example, a Certificate of Excellence comes in the name of the associate from the Corporate Headquarters in Washington DC, and signed by the Company Co-Founder J. Willard Marriott, if an associate receives a thank you note from a customer on excellent service.
Bayt works hard at creating an employee-centric culture. In developing employees, for example, it conducts a daily training. These 30 to 40 minutes training sessions are called STARS training and the content is prepared by a baythead and the same content is shared across the offices each day.
Weber Shandwick recently moved offices. They made their in-house creative team work as a liaison between staff members and industrial designers and printers to ensure everything in the office represents the staff.
EMC works hard to provide a caring culture, going beyond what is required. For example, it grants paternity leave, marriage leave, compassionate leave, even though it is not required to do so by labor law.
Emirates Transport (ET) encourages a culture of collaboration and innovation. The company offers more than 15 publications to employees and partners about different activities and initiatives within Emirates Transport.
Fun City earned a spot on this year’s list mainly because of its innovative hiring and orientation programs. The company is thoughtful as to the type of employees it selects and is generous with its orientation and onboarding effort, with the intention of making new hires feel completely welcomed.
Hyatt’s culture is centered on its people. New joiners coming from outside the UAE are welcomed in the airport by their assigned buddies. Joining gifts is given to all employees. Hyatt HR sends post cards and gives employees a call on their birthdays.
Estee lauder strives to build a culture in which employees are supported and respected. New joiners are welcomed by a welcome card sent to them before joining Estee Lauder. Expatriate employees are provided with a book called “Don’t they know its Friday” which is a resident’s guide and a Dubai Map explaining some of the differences with living in the Middle East.
Every year in the first week of October, Mondelēz International globally participates in CSR work. A testimony to the sense of pride the company install in its employees.
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