ME firms need an HR policy review

Companies based in the Middle East must review their human resources (hr) policies if they are to successfully recruit and retain staff in future says an industry professional.

Companies based in the Middle East must review their human resources (hr) policies if they are to successfully recruit and retain staff in future says an industry professional.

Speaking at the International Construction HR Summit held in Dubai, Clive Reeder, Associate director with consulting engineering firm Arup, stressed that the priorities of potential staff have changed. "The days of the quick buck have gone," stated Reeder, "People are after other things from their employers and the emphasis is on quality of life."

A worldwide shortage of qualified staff at all levels in the engineering and construction sectors means that candidates can be more selective with their career choices and the industry must adapt to meet demands he stressed. "We must recognise the responsibilities that we have... [firms in the Middle East construction industry] employ a massive amount of people and we have a responsibility to set standards," he stated.

Staff motivation should be a key factor of any hr policy today stated Reeder. "We are all competing for the same people so we have got to have our own brands," he added. "There is no point simply offering more money, you have got to offer company values, reputation and ethics."

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