General Mills UAE — part of the US-based food company General Mills — has ranked 15th among 280 companies registered for the Best Workplaces 2021 across the UAE.
The Great Place to Work certification for General Mills Middle East comes in the midst of the challenges posed by 2020, including business disruption due to the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Globally, Great Place to Work surveyed more than 12 million employees on issues including how trustworthy, caring and fair the company is in times of crises, employees’ physical, emotional and financial health, and the company’s broader community impact.
The award recognizes General Mills’ progress in its employees experiencing a great workplace, judged on these core parameters: The consistent trust in the people they work for, which was assessed through employee perceptions of credibility, respect, and fairness; have pride in what they do; and experience camaraderie with their colleagues.
Of the 280 companies that registered this year, 230 were successfully certified, with General Mills being ranked 15th.
“2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges and the Great Place to Work award is a testimony to General Mills’ philosophy of trust and belief in the values of mutual respect, integrity, diversity and inclusion. Our ranking among the best places to work is a testament to our strong people-centric policies,” said Ali Shaikh, general manager — Middle East and Africa, General Mills.
“General Mills’ purpose is ‘Making Food the World Loves’ and the commitment demonstrated by our colleagues to delight our consumers while building an inclusive equal opportunity workplace especially during the global pandemic is something that we are all collectively proud of,” he added.
“We are honored and proud to be certified as a Great Place to Work. At General Mills, we strive hard to implement people-first policies and work in a high-trust and high-performance environment,” said Thiruselvi Supuriamaniam, HR head — Middle East and Africa, General Mills.
“Our success is built on ‘Making Food the World Loves’ and we will continue to create and nurture employees who share a culture of mutual trust, transparency, inclusion, and innovation,” she added.
The Great Place to Work certification is the most definitive “employer-of-choice” recognition and is considered the “gold standard” in identifying and recognizing great workplace cultures.