HUMAN RESOURCES BEST PRACTICE – VALUABLE CONCEPT OR PIOUS MANTRA?
Major international corporations are generally enthusiastic adherents of the principles of “best practice” when it comes to personnel management and support their HR officers accordingly. However, within the UAE too many companies, it seems, are still inclined to view the recruitment and management of staff as a tiresome, and indeed costly, distraction to the serious business of making money. As a consequence, expenditure on the preparation of good quality employment contract documentation or the enhancement of staff benefits, to secure loyalty, promote efficiency and reward effort, is by no means seen as a priority.
It is to these latter companies that this article is addressed - not in a spirit of criticism (since the “profit imperative”, that inevitably predominates in the thinking of all business managers, is readily appreciated) but more as an invitation to consider the company’s human resources as an “as