There’s a war going on for talent in the UAE and it means HR directors need to “keep up” today to recruit and keep staff for the future workplace.

The accounting, finance and technology recruitment agency Robert Half interviewed 75 Emirates-based HR directors and found that 40 per cent say the top challenge is the war for talent, closely followed by talent management at 39 per cent.

HR professionals should acknowledge that most managers need to grow into their jobs, and put measures in place to facilitate that growth. A good place to begin is setting clear expectations for managers before promoting or hiring them. Doing so will show employees how moving to the managerial level will change their day-to-day activities.