In recent decades, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have become increasingly reliant on migrant workers. This, combined with soaring unemployment among young nationals, has prompted governments to enact measures that will decrease the number of ex-patriots working in privately held companies while increasing the hiring of local talent.
The big challenge for HR leaders in GCC companies is how to help their organisation find and develop the best local talent while building a strong nationalisation strategy that complies with government requirements.
Creating a nationalisation strategy
Dr Jasim Al Ali, author of Localising the GCC Workforce, believes that to build a strong nationalisation strategy, organisations need to focus on three areas:
- Personal factors: education, skills and experience
- Organisational capital: culture, English language and HR strategy
- Social capital: eliminating gender inequality, nepotism and lack of trust
You can join Dr Ali on 3 April in Dubai for a live event where he will discuss workforce nationalisation and the factors that affect the employability of local nationals. Register here for this free event.
Maintaining a nationalisation strategy
Once a nationalisation strategy has been established, the focus becomes engaging and retaining high-potential nationals so they can bring their best to their work. To do this, company leaders need a performance management programme that supports open communication and delivers regular feedback on employee performance.
A successful performance management process will:
- Focus on employee development
- Engage and empower employees
- Help start a dialogue about performance
- Ensure employees get feedback and recognition
Effective performance management is about ensuring people get the feedback and development they need to succeed now and in the future. This can help organisations establish long-term nationalisation strategies to recruit, develop and retain local talent.
For more information on how to set up a performance management programme in your organisation, download Halogen’s Performance Management Guidebook.