Abudawood for me is not just another employer, it has scored a special place in my heart as my institute where I have grown as a professional and a place I can safely call my other home. I came with a background in HR with prior experience in other organizations but somehow never felt like I belonged to those places. I clearly remember the moment I stepped into our Head Office for my first interview, I knew in my heart this is the place I belong and luck struck, they hired me! It was definitely a happy beginning to a new world of opportunities, challenges and I have never looked back since then.
My journey started in one of the most happening yet critical department of the company, “HR”. I joined the team as Assistant Manager – Performance Management, a very challenging role with a responsibility of 1500+ employee’s career progression. It was never easy, but the energy of our team and committed mentors guided me along the way and two years down the line, I got promoted as a Manager. I showed some interest and potential and there it was ! another opportunity in the same year and I was transferred to Corporate Learning and Development function as a Business Partner for Pakistan and Bahrain. I decided to take it immediately as it gave me an opportunity where I could channel my passion to develop people as well as explore my strengths.
It was one of the best opportunities I have had and the experience so far has been incredible; from managing one function in the department to managing a separate department altogether has equipped me with multiple areas of expertise. HR equipped me with a thinking pattern, an insight into every functions KPI’s and a direction to analyze performance and L&D complimented my knowledge on this front perfectly as I could utilize all of it to provide learning solutions. There has been immense learning, I feel connected to all the functions of the company, because as a facilitator, you are required to know people’s jobs, how they do things, how they think, and be in their shoes to provide performance consultancy. Needless to say, this role has given me a lot of exposure both local and international which I have thoroughly enjoyed and learned from. You get to work with colleagues from all markets including Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi etc. and learn about different cultures and their work ethics; plus your work can make an impact on a regional level contributing in the success of the entire corporate group! You don’t get this kind of exposure anywhere else that early in your career and I will always remain grateful to ADP for that.
Our culture is our USP and it is one strong factor that makes it really hard for anyone deciding to make a switch. ADP is one place where I can safely hold a strong opinion, fall and rise up again without being judged. It has given me various platforms to sharpen my skills. It is home, and its people are my family. There are people who have mentored me along the way and looked out for me. It has made me emerge as a leader.
Success for me is not money as financials come and go. It is the recognition you get for your work, and the feeling appreciated when people value your work. That being said, I believe so far, I have succeeded.