July 25, 2014

Omnicom Media Group MENA named one of the UAE’s best companies to work for

OMD Headquarters in Dubai Media City

Ranked by the Great Place to Work for second year in a row

Dubai, February 7, 2013: Omnicom Media Group MENA, the holding of OMD, PHD, Integral and Resolution, has been recognized once again as a top employer in the UAE by the Great Place to Work® Institute, ranking seventh. It is the only marketing communications holding company to appear in the global research and management consultancy’s ranking of the country’s 15 best employers.

To pick the “Best Companies to Work for in the UAE”, the Great Place to Work® Institute conducts an evaluation of each participating company. Two-thirds of the company’s score is based on the results of the Institute’s 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.

The marketing communications holding group was commended for creating and maintaining open communications channels and programs that encourage and enhance employees’ well-being and development. The company sees happiness at work as the start of a virtuous circle leading to sustainable productivity and business performance.

“Making it onto the list to start with is hard, but staying on it is even harder, especially as it was extended from 10 to 15 companies this year. This makes this year’s result particularly rewarding,” Elie Khouri, CEO of Omnicom Media Group MENA, stated following the announcement. “The bulk of the work to create a stimulating, positive and rewarding environment was done in the last few years and now the emphasis is on marginal improvements. This doesn’t mean they’re easier, far from it, but our resolve is as strong as it’s ever been and it shows. This benchmark across time and across industries is a great indicator of what must and can be done. This is not a destination but a journey.”

“We have taken the learnings from last year’s evaluation and built on our programs to improve wherever we could,” added Tamela Scotcher, group talent director at Omnicom Media Group MENA. “We’ve since introduced several initiatives, including the NRG initiative as part of our employee wellness program. We look forward to analyzing the results of this year’s evaluation to establish not only their performance but also define future activities and innovations.”

Commenting on the Top Companies lists, Dr. Michael Burchell, Vice President of International Operations at Great Place to Work® and Partner & Director of Great Place to Work® Institute UAE, said: “We would like to thank all the participants in this year’s program. The expansion of the 2013 list is testament to the value UAE companies place on human capital development. We are also really pleased to see the entry of new companies on the list, among which is our first government entity.”

OMD Headquarters in Dubai Media City

The full list can be found at www.greatplacetowork.ae or in the February issues of Business Pioneer and Executive magazines.

About Omnicom Media Group MENA:
Omnicom Media Group MENA is the holding of OMD, PHD, Integral and Resolution in the Middle East. Omnicom Media Group is the media services division of Omnicom Group, Inc. (NYSE: OMC). Omnicom is a leading global advertising, marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries. Omnicom Media Group also includes a number of specialty media communications companies.

www.omnicommediagroup.com

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