Staff recognition encourages retention
Company expansion plans and joint ventures are an indicator of the boom in the facilities management sector.
This month's news is dominated with company expansion plans and joint ventures, just another indicator pointing towards a boom in the facilities management sector.
While this is great news for the industry and shows a positive growth and need for them to be here, there is still a strain on staff retention as Construction Week's editor, Angela Giuffrida reports in the article, 'Keeping hold of your staff'.
In response to the article, that was originally posted on www.arabianbusiness.com, I wrote a short comment piece asking that as long as employees were paid a fair wage in line with rising inflation, should companies look more towards career development and housing benefits to help retain their staff?
We received a number of comments but one that stood out for its simplicity, was: "Employment is a two way street - you get what you give.
"Those firms who consider employees an asset to the company and treat them accordingly have no problem retaining staff. Unfortunately, firms of that stature are the minority and not the majority here."
For those companies willing to think about staff retention, initiatives come in a variety of forms, but often the most simple are the most effective.
We all like to be praised for a job well done. Whether it's a verbal "thanks", a shake of the hand, a financial bonus or possible promotion.
And let's face it, between all of you involved in the facilities management industry, there is a lot of praise to be given, as these buildings don't manage themselves.
Last month we launched the facilities management Middle East Awards to recognise your hard work, your commitment and your dedication to the industry.
But with only four weeks to go until the nomination deadline, time is ticking away for you to get your entries in.
So if you think you, your company or more importantly, your employees deserve to shine, log on to www.itp.net/events/fmawards for more information. Good luck!
Becca Wilson is the editor for facilities management Middle East.