Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development honoured its staff members on Tuesday 12 March 2013 at its 2013 Long Service Award ceremony, held at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). Its Human Resources Directorate awarded certificates of appreciation to 228 long-serving employees, honouring them for their contributions to the organisation.
This year, 173 staff members were recognised for five years of service, 40 for 10 years, and 15 individuals for 15 years of employment, a clear indication that effective employee engagement strategies have helped improve staff retention rates and job satisfaction at Qatar Foundation.
Placing an emphasis on retaining quality employees is a hallmark of the world’s most progressive employers, and pays tangible dividends. According to Professor Dave Ulrich from the University of Michigan:
‘They are more productive, have more energy, and are more satisfied at work. Increased commitment is not just showing up or being engaged at work, but finding true meaning from the work that they do.’
Prof Ulrich is a partner at the RBL Group, a consultancy firm focused on helping organisations deliver value, and has published dozens of books and articles relating to employment practices. He continued:
‘In our summary of this literature in the book The Why of Work, we found seven factors that increase meaning at work: identity, purpose, relationships, work itself, work environment, learning and delight.’