- Success story
How Gulf Business Machines fosters a culture of employee well-being
Gulf Business Machines (GBM) was certified as one of the Best Place to Work in Bahrain for 2020. Learn how GBM fosters a culture of employee well-being
An end-to-end digital transformation provider for the GCC region, with over 29 years of experience in transforming businesses successfully.
GBM is part of those successful companies in Bahrain that are going above and beyond to keep their workforce engaged even in challenging period.
About the organization
This year, the company celebrates its 30th anniversary since its inception. GBM is regarded as the leading end to end digital solutions provider in the region. They operate across seven offices and have over 1500 employees across the GCC and Pakistan. They have nurtured partnerships with the world's leading technology companies and invested in a talented, skilled workforce to implement solutions that cater to customer's specific and diverse business needs. With on-the-ground, readily available expertise, GBM provides round-the-clock support to customers across the region.
I am proud that on the 30th Anniversary since the inception of GBM which started in Bahrain in 1990, we are recognized as one of the Best Places to Work and this confirms our status as an employer of choice within our industry and further affirms our standing as the leading digital solutions provider in the region. As HR we are proud that our colleagues believe that our HR portfolio rewards their contribution, takes care of their well-being and provides them tools for their ongoing development and enables them to support our clients as they prepare business for tomorrow
VP Human Resources
The corporate culture
The culture of the organization is inclusive and fosters diversity as evidenced having over 50 nationalities who can effectively contribute and collaborate towards the business's continued success and that of our customers. They continuously develop the employees by instilling a life-long learning mantra to enable them to support the customers as they prepare their businesses for tomorrow. They always care about the employees' wellbeing, and the current pandemic has showcased their ability to leverage the technology investment and understanding to ensure the business continuity and service to the clients was uninterrupted while providing the employees with a safe and secure environment to operate.
Our people are our greatest asset, which is reflected by achieving the highest score (91%) for the Best Place to Work for in Bahrain. We value our outstanding employees and reward them for making their targets, and continue in developing our employees’ soft and technical skills with the latest technological trends. We believe, establishing a happier and positive workplace is transmitted daily to customers for the past 30 years of GBM journey regionally
General Manager GBM Bahrain
How the company is giving back to the community ?
The company has a comprehensive offering for the employees, allowing them to have the ideal work-life balance and active employee engagement. In 2020, they have moved many activities to a virtual setting, such as wellbeing webinars on mental resilience, stress management, and healthy habits. Besides, they have an active Social Committee who has recently conducted well received virtual initiatives such as, Netflix movie parties, Happy Weekend initiatives, and a virtual FIFA 2020 PS4 tournament, to name a few.
They continuously invest in this area, as they genuinely believe an engaged and happy workforce leads to successful business outcomes.
Continuing learning opportunities offered
Learning and Development are the key pillars and central areas of investment, as they believe the most valuable asset and the key differentiator is their employees. They offer Linkedin E-learning access to all our employees, where they can access over 10,000 courses at their convenience to develop their core competencies and personal areas of interest. Besides, they have a successful engagement with some blended learning providers such as Simplilearn. Their technical and sales teams have access to the latest offering from leading practitioners to build their understanding of the latest technological offerings. Notwithstanding, they also run many sales enablement sessions for all employees by leveraging their talent who are well recognized within their field to deliver webinars on various topics. All the above is on a virtual learning calendar, which allows the employees' flexibility to learn at their convenience and fit their work and life commitments around these learning interventions.