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One of the employees being honoured at the function.
Doha: Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) honoured its loyal staff at 2013 Long Service Award ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre yesterday. Human Resources Directorate awarded certificates of appreciation to 228 long-serving employees.
This year 173 employees were recognised for five years of service, 40 for 10 years, and 15 for 15 years of employment, a press release said yesterday.
Rashid Al Naimi, Vice-President of Administration, and Hassan Al Hammadi, Executive Director of the Human Resources Directorate at QF, stressed the significant role that every employee has played in the organisation’s outstanding growth.
“Tonight is a celebration of the loyalty between the organisation and its members. It is also a time to reflect on one of Qatar Foundation’s most important qualities, that of gratitude, which is felt from both the institution and its employees. This has fostered faithfulness, motivation and creativity among our staff and faculty,” said Al Naimi. “All of you are fundamental to achieving Qatar Foundation’s vision and noble ambitions for the future.”
Al Hammadi said: “Qatar Foundation’s employees are undoubtedly the institution’s most important asset and resource because they are reliable and trustworthy. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to those honoured this evening for their devotion and hard work, which is in part due to Her Highness Sheikha Mozabint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, and her everlasting commitment to developing human capital.”
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 said: “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.”