• Lara Ahmad, Staff Reporter

Dubai Police is certified as Great Place to Work

Dubai Police General Command has officially been certified by the Great Place to Work® for the force’s best work environment and corporate happiness.

“What sets Dubai Police apart fundamentally are our strategically built Happiness programs that seek to ensure the highest levels of happiness amongst the force’s employees and their families. These initiatives not only address challenges but also create an emotional connection with the organization and internal teams,” the Commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, said while accepting the official recognition.

Lt. General Al Marri added that “most programs that we work with are born out of experiences or personal communication with employees at the office and field level. Feedback-aided communication helps give management an understanding of the needs and requirements to keep our employees happy in the long run and create a fair work system that promises to take care of their growth in the organization.”

The Great Place to Work® is a global research, training and consultancy firm that identifies the best workplaces in over 50 countries worldwide. The official list ranks the best employers based on the confidential feedback of employees and an audit of management policies and practices.

The Dubai Police General Command obtained the accreditation certificate as the best work environment for the second conductive year after it won it in 2019. It is considered the first police and government agency to obtain accreditation at the local and global levels.

The Dubai Police’s workplace index has increased to 95% on the "Great Place to Work" survey after it had scored 90% in 2019.

The Stimulating Environment

Brigadier Dr Saleh Abdullah Murad, Director of Human Resources at Dubai Police, affirmed that said the achievement is within their constant keenness to apply best practices in human resources management by creating a stimulating job environment that contributes to raising corporate standards and raising the level of job efficiency. He pointed out that Dubai Police, over the past year, has been keen to apply best practices in human resources management to achieve the certificate despite the unprecedented circumstances that accompanied the announced precautionary measures against COVID-19.

The Happiness & Positivity Concept

Awatef Al Suwaidi, Executive Director of the Happiness and Positivity Council at Dubai Police, confirmed that obtaining the certificate of accreditation for the best work environment for the second time in a row shows the force's keenness to promote concepts of happiness and positivity among its employees by providing them with the best work environment that reflects on the professional performance, and on their personal lives on the other hand.

Al Suwaidi pointed out that the Dubai Police General Command is keen to achieve happiness and quality of life not only for its employees, but also for all members of society through 3 main directions, which are: community happiness, a safe and flexible city, innovation in institutional capabilities, indicating that the Council of Happiness and Positivity in Dubai Police Launched by His Excellency Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, he was keen to provide an ideal work environment and work to make employees happy through the qualitative initiatives that he has implemented since its inception, which was reflected in raising happiness indicators in an attractive and happy work environment.

The Only Police Force

Michael Burchell, CEO of Great Place to Work Middle East, said: " I am very proud of Dubai Police for being recognized as a great place to work for the second year in a row. More than 10,000 institutions in 60 countries participated in this survey. The Dubai Police is the world’s only police institution to be recognized

twice for their workplace environment." "It is indeed a remarkable achievement for an environment is filled with pressure and challenges, especially during serving the community in the fight against the global (COVID-19) pandemic ", he added.

To select the ‘Best Workplaces”, Great Place to Work conducts an evaluation of each participating company. Two-thirds of the company’s score is based on the results of the Institute’s proprietary Trust Index© survey, which is sent to the employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management’s credibility, employee engagement and job satisfaction. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit©, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefits programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication, and development.

Each entry is judged according to performance in eight key areas: Leadership, wellbeing, giving something back, personal growth, fair deal and how members of staff feel towards their manager, company and team.

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