Ooredoo – Inspirational HR team of the year

Setting up a successful global mobility scheme while demonstrating return on investment is quite an achievement, so it’s no surprise that the Global Talent Mobility team at Qatar-headquartered telecommunications group Ooredoo was named joint winner of the Inspirational HR Team of the Year award.
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The team's entry, the judges said, showed the "considerable effort" it had made to develop and deliver a mobility function to address mobility across a range of countries, and to ensure successful return on investment from expatriation. Also praising the team for its engagement with relocatees, they added, "A number of challenges had to be addressed, but the team showed that they were willing to reflect on issues and take their learning on board to develop their programmes of support."Launched in 2008, Ooredoo grew from a series of mergers and acquisitions, and now has 17,000 employees spread over 11 countries: Qatar, Kuwait, the Maldives, Algeria, Tunisia, Myanmar, Palestine, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iraq and Oman.Alexander Matianis, group head of Global Talent Mobility, explains that, as Ooredoo expanded its geographic reach, there was an increasing need for a mobility function that would manage the deployment of experts and develop talent across the group. The global mobility programme was rolled out in 2013."This programme is part of a broader commitment to develop talent and build stronger talent management across the group," says Sarah Al-Rahim, group head of Talent Management. "It's an initiative that is tied to Ooredoo's vision of enriching people's lives and bringing that proposition to life for its employees."In January 2013, HR country leaders were asked to nominate mobility champions to support the rollout of the mobility programme. Over the course of two years, these champions have played a crucial role in implementing mobility strategy, infrastructure, policies and procedures in each country, and have had a profound impact on delivering and shaping the programme across the group."The Re:locate award recognises their hard work in establishing a mobility function that today supports more than 100 assignments per year," says Alexander Matianis. "I would also like to give credit to Ooredoo and group HR for committing to the transformation of our people practices, as part of an overall strategy for building a more business-centric HR function."Mobility roadshows, a suite of three feedback surveys, and continuous improvement in knowledge and capability sharing are just some of the ways in which the Global Talent Mobility team is delivering quantifiable results and cost savings.The team has also been successful in engaging and leading the discussion with organisational stakeholders to ensure the smooth integration of mobility with other functions, including performance management, HR services, business planning cycle, operating model, recruitment, and leadership development and succession.Last word to the Re:locate Awards judges, who said, "This team is to be commended for its engagement with relocatees and the contribution it has made to ROI. The outcomes were successful, and the team demonstrated the importance of listening actively to employees."For more Re:locate news and features about HR issues, click here

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