Etisalat Group, the leading telecoms operator in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, recently held its seventh annual Group HR forum in Abu Dhabi. This forum brings together more than 75 professionals from 15 markets to reinforce its HR strategy, values and foundations across its operations.
Over the course of two days, participants shared best-practices and discussed the latest trends in the HR industry, while mapping Etisalat Group’s HR vision for the next five years within the broader industry framework.
Abdulaziz Al Sawaleh, Chief Human Resources Officer of Etisalat Group, commented, “Human Resources plays a vital role in the success of any organization and continues to be strong and innovative at Etisalat Group. The organization has benefited from progress in how our HR teams support our operating markets across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, which contributes to local success and sets them on the path to achieve the Group’s and their own objectives. We are proud to see the daily outcomes of the value that we provide to our employees, through efficient processes and better employee experiences overall.”
As a key take-away from the forum, Al Sawaleh recommended that Etisalat’s future HR plans be hinged around innovative new systems and processes witnessed within the HR industry at large. He also called for greater collaboration and the exchange of best practices across Etisalat’s markets, which would allow consistency and real-time alignment.
Etisalat Group’s commitment to industry-leading Human Capital systems and practices was recognised as Etisalat UAE received the Group HR Excellence Award in a special ceremony alongside the forum. The award highlighted the UAE’s focus on employee engagement, culture development, HR technology, talent development and innovation. Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) is another successful affiliate of Etisalat Group operating in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also received the MENA HR Certificate of Excellence at the 6th annual MENA HR Excellence Awards Ceremony that was held in Dubai.
This award highlighted Mobily’s focus on innovation in recruitment, an improved work environment, and employee motivation and development through training and incentives. Etisalat Misr in Egypt has also won a Bronze level award in the 2013 Human Resources Category Stevie Award Winners and was named the Human Resources Department of the Year.
The following nominees were named Stevie Award winners in The 2013 International Business Awards.
The forum also featured keynote speakers from the broader industry. Ray Gammell, Chief People & Performance Officer at Etihad Airways, highlighted the importance of company values in the execution of a winning strategy, including onboarding and development of local talent. Ravin Jesuthasan, Managing Director and Global Practice Leader for Towers Watson’s Talent Management practice, presented the latest findings on the best practices followed by FT500 companies to make the Human Resources function ‘transformative’ to the organization.
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