Our people are the secret ingredient to company culture says Premila Braganza, HR director – Middle East Asia and Africa, dmg events.
People don’t work for an employer. Employers pay the wages and provide the benefits, but it’s our colleagues that really make the difference to our work experience.
Every one of us, wants to make a substantial contribution to our organisation’s goals. We want to find our work engaging – or even fun. We all want to be part of something important, and feel pride in what we achieve. No matter what position we hold in our company, we all want to feel we are a vital part of the business and important to our teams.
In my time at dmg events here in the UAE, I’ve seen at first-hand how the workplace attributes, make it an exciting place to grow and learn. Simply put, the fun and creative people I work with, make for great colleagues. They improve my work and encourage me to do the same for them. These great people, who make up our diverse and growing global team, are the essential ingredients in our company culture.
Some organisations might dismiss company culture as a page in an annual report, or just mention it as a few lines in a recruitment advert, but it is actually crucial. Our company culture is the expression of its personality. Each member of our team contributes something to it, through their ideas, openness and participation in everything we do.
Our people’s passion influences how our company and our event brands are seen by others. As they approach each edition of our events with the same fervour as when they were first launched, their enthusiasm and drive is contagious.
Our company culture anchors people’s time at dmg events and it’s why so many stay for so long. It’s the kind of longevity we’re really proud of and we showcase it on social media – especially LinkedIn – every chance we get. Why? Because we believe it is a unique selling point that makes us standout from our competitors in the events industry as an employer of choice. The positive way our people view their time here contributes directly to our hiring success and our high-numbers of referral hires.
When people feel good at work and good about what they are doing, organisations can reap very tangible benefits. Our employees feel empowered enough to approach and speak with anyone, at any level of the business. We tap into this environment of openness, encouraging grassroots innovation through our campaigns like Raise the Bar, where we encourage our employees to share their ideas to enhance any aspect of our business.
Raise the Bar and other initiatives like it, help everyone give voice to their views, fostering a collaborative spirit that transcends our diverse locations. It’s a spirit we harness to drive innovation and fuel our entrepreneurial outlook, allowing our people to take risks, while capitalising on the growth opportunities they spot.
The result is an organisation where people work hard to help each other and our clients. We play hard too, because some things just have to be done for fun. But no matter how busy we are, no matter what pressures we feel, our company culture remains compassionate, with empathy a cornerstone of who we are as professionals and colleagues.
From the outside we are a big company. But on the inside we are a close-knit family and like all close-knit families, we work together.