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Dubai is a melting pot of different cultures, a business hub and, according to a recent study by the Dubai Economic Council, one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Indeed, only a few other countries can compete with the UAE's rapid economic growth. This is positive news for both businesses and employees, with lots of opportunities and more to come in the build-up to the Expo 2020.
However, the importance of the ''human factor'' during times of change cannot be underestimated, particularly in this part of the world where many individuals do not have a family network and must adjust on numerous levels. Effective integration of employees into the workplace has proven to yield extremely positive and lasting effects, not just for the employees but for the businesses, too.
Organizations in the UAE are seeing the benefits of investing in and developing their employees. The major focus is on stress programs, onboarding services and executive coaching. Companies that provide effective onboarding and training programs have a competitive advantage – a proportionally small investment that yields considerable results.
A large part of the onboarding process pertains to employees learning the culture, etiquette, attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to function successfully within the organization. Numerous studies reveal that time invested in carefully designing a well-planned onboarding procedure positively affects an organization's financial output by enhancing manpower retention and productivity.
So, keep your employees motivated and consistently engaged. Place great importance on employee development and provide interns with robust onboarding programs. Make sure to invest in enhancing manpower retention and productivity.
• Set expectations and create learning plans for new employees
• Create effective onboarding training programs for new hires
• Buddy schemes for new hires is an effective way of mentoring
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Source: Nicola Turner, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Psychology Professor, Human Relations Institute & Clinics Dubai