How to retain your UAE National employees

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Retaining an Emirati employee is as difficult as attracting them in the first place. Most Emirati candidates said they are planning to stay with their employers for three years at the most. Only few of them said they would stay for 5 years.

As an employer and in order to attract and retain UAE National candidates you should not only focus on cash, they are very much interested in reward and recognition programs, they appreciate the other benefits like better access to healthcare as a whole family and education benefits for their children, vacation allowance and other allowances.

Promotions, career progression and leadership programs are very much important to the employees and employers as well. UAE nationals can become disengaged if the employer doesn’t provide them the opportunity to develop their professional skills!

For a fresh graduate the most important elements is the job relevance to their education as well as the salary and benefits. They would like to follow career development plan receiving regular assessment, salary adjustment, promotions to higher grades, annual training plans, etc.

In order to support the Emiratisation strategy in any organization the employers should understand what influence Emirati employees’ decisions to either stay or leave their employers! UAE nationals like employees everywhere, want to be challenged in their roles and grow in their careers.

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