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Mar2017
Human Capital: Beyond a Talent Acquisition Function “We didn’t achieve our results because HR needs to hire more people for our department!” How many times have we heard that? It is an age-old excuse that is wheeled out by senior executives, who are in reality, hiding behind the real reasons for their and their team’s failures. Recruitment is a huge part of a organization’s strategy and success, and is an easy place to place the blame and point the finger when things don’t go as planned (though how many times are HR congratulated for recruiting well, when a team ... Read More
June 6, 2016Admin

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Jan2017
Who is the most engaged – Qatari or Expat Workforce? It is a debate that has been raging for years, and Aon Hewitt have added fuel to the fire with their recently published report claiming that Qatari employees demonstrate the highest engagement among national employees in the GCC, while expats working in Qatar are the least engaged of all the expats in the region. So who is the most engaged in Qatar, the locals or the expats? Social media has been red hot with people dismissing the validity of the report, while others have backed it to the hilt. ... Read More
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Nov2016
Qatar Deserves the Best from Its Citizens – An Action Plan for the Corporate World Speaking at the recent 45th ordinary session of the Advisory Council, the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani delivered a wide-ranging address, covering many aspects of society. These included both parents and their children, Qataris and expats, and their joint responsibilities in helping the nation to achieve the goals set out in Qatar’s National Vision. Here we will concentrate on the corporate world, and on what the Emir’s speech urged employees, managers, CEO’s and all board members to do to improve ... Read More
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Oct2016
A Better Way to Cut Costs In response to the global situation, and more specifically the regional challenges they are facing, almost every company is implementing cost cutting initiatives. But less than 5 percent of those companies are doing it in the right way! Even more troubling is the fact that the vast majority of people in those organisations have no idea what measures they should take in order to cut costs in a way that 1) saves the business money, and 2) does not have a negative impact on the company’s ability to be profitable and successful. Far ... Read More
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Oct2016
The HR revolution: Why we need it Whereas business leaders should be forming a queue at the doors of HR departments, this is very rarely the case. Ensuring their organisation has a well-equipped and functioning HR team should be extremely high on every CEO’s and business leader’s priorities, but instead they tend to see HR as — at best a department there to solve problems, and at worst — a drain on resources with little or no benefit to the business. For far too long, HR ... Read More
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04

Sep2016
Are the new graduates facing recruitment crisis? There is no doubt that there is a big issue when it comes to Qatari graduates finding employment in Qatar. Despite the fact that business is growing at dramatic rates, there is a disconnect between those graduating and the companies that should be employing them. In a country with such good growth; with the whole impetus that has been felt from both QNV 2030 and the World Cup 2022, it should be a perfect time for graduates and companies alike ... Read More
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21

Aug2016
The management strategies in forcing employees to leave Studies have shown that more than half of employees who leave an organisation do so because of their manager. There are many reasons that this can happen, which we will tackle shortly, but the root cause can be divided into two very distinct categories. The first is incompetent, poor management and or people skills in addition to other reasons that shouldn’t be happening in a healthy working environment. This could be either due to the fact that the manager has been promoted too quickly, they are in a role they are not ... Read More
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07

Aug2016
Is Erdogan’s theory the solution for organisations? Can the events being played out in Turkey, as Erdogan rids the country of toxic elements, be something that can be mirrored in the workplace? The Turkish President has ruthlessly purged his government, the army, the court, the media, and all aspects of society since the failed coup attempt. The way he has gone about it, is a lesson in how to eliminate those factors that are a threat to the success of the organisation – whatever that may be – to operate. Every tier of the organization is dealt with, ... Read More
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Jul2016
“You are the Most Valuable Asset” – Is it true? For decades, top executives and business managers have echoed the platitude “our employees are our most valuable assets.” It’s a saying that begins to sound empty as we walk through the corridors and halls of many corporations, attend an executive or town meetings, or visit to a corporate website. Far from being valued for a profound commitment to company goals, or being rewarded for making meaningful progress, many of a company’s most “valuable assets” — its employees — are sidelined when it comes to reward and recognition or ... Read More
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03

Jul2016
A deep insight into HH The Emir’s #1 Theme The Emir’s speech at the Advisory Council, in late 2015 set out a lot of initiatives that will have a profound impact on society in general, but at a more specific level, will influence the thinking of businesses, and those working in and for them for many years to come. The strongly worded speech – which has been well received from all quarters – sets out in very plain terms the direction that the nation as a whole should go in, and that it is not just the responsibility of ... Read More
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19

Jun2016
Revenge Hiring and Revenge Firing Recruitment is one of the most important factors when it comes to putting your organisation into a position where it can compete, and be successful. Getting the right people into the right positions is crucial, and if done correctly, everything else after that is a whole lot easier. Conversely however, if a company’s recruitment policy is carried out poorly, or individuals within that company are not held to account, then you are going to have issues – and serious issues, not very far down the line. Here we deal with perhaps the worst ... Read More
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May2016
Ethics Or Mismanagement: What Would You Choose? Very few people live their lives with the overriding desire to achieve personal wealth and success, at the deliberate and genuine expense of everybody and everything around them. Over time however, most of us will be faced with moral and ethical dilemmas at work. The higher you make it up the corporate ladder, the more frequent those will happen, and the more difficult those decisions will be. A lot of the time, we may not even know we are making unethical decisions, due to either genuine naivety, but also – if ... Read More
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12

May2016
The Reality About CB As globalisation continues to make the world a smaller place, nowhere is the problem of globalisation seen as clearly as it is in Qatar. The fact that Qatar’s population is considered a small population, only six percent of Qatar’s workforce is made up of Qataris due to an overwhelming number of expats. What does that leave for us? As we move forward, it’s important that as Qataris we maintain our way of life, but also develop our local people as an important resource in our own country. What would happen if this large group of expats ... Read More
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19

Sep2015
Don’t Let Your Ego Hijack Your Leadership Effectiveness The road to becoming an executive is not an easy one at all. A great deal of sacrifice is required, and you also have to possess considerable amounts of self-confidence. If you are not careful the result of your high opinion of your own capabilities will undercut any effectiveness you have as a leader. Blinded by Self Light Leaders get to that position by being successful at what they do. It isn’t due to bragging but figures and results which tell the tale. The problem surfaces as a self-image blocks information and ... Read More
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12

Sep2015
Workplace Gossips – Controlling The Rumour Mill Gossip and rumours cannot be completely avoided in the workplace. Everyone works together very closely, and work teams develop a close rapport with one another. Some of the gossip is not damaging at all. In fact, it is primarily people sharing their private lives with each other and everyone is fairly secure in the information. However, there does come times when rumours are damaging and serious distractions from the task at hand. Whispers about possible changes and even layoffs can run like a wildfire through the office area. These are extremely ... Read More
June 6, 2016Admin

05

Sep2015
Steps Towards Moving From Toxic To Healthy Working Culture We spend most of our working hours on the job. Whether it is in the office or on assignment in the field, a great deal of time is allocated to a career. It is not easy, if not outright impossible, to escape the corporate culture of our employer. It is integrated into how we interact with other members of the work team and how we communicate with other departments. Executive management hopes that morale is high and efficiency a feature of work. It doesn’t always happen. Some working culture ... Read More
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29

Aug2015
The Truth About Highly Performing Cultures. Are We Walking The Talk? Executives want to believe the company they manage has a high performing culture. It is important to have the image of being efficient and performing smooth execution of projects. This is something that investors want to see. It is also excellent public relations, but it might all be a mask. Certain qualities are found in a highly performing culture which, if they are not there, mean only shallow appearances and window dressing is showing. There is more to this than positive and cheerful words. A commitment to ... Read More
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Jun2015
Close Your Eyes And Imagine.. Who Is A Potential Talent Within Your Organisation? Talent abounds in your organisation. All you need to do is spot the right talent and assign the right responsibility to nurture it further, to its fullest potential. And this, in turn, will only nourish your roots as a business and help your business scale the heights of success. Finding the Right Talent Earlier it was said, “People are the most significant asset of your organisation”. But now, in the modern times, the truth is, “The right people are the most important asset.” Having said that, it is ... Read More
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06

Jun2015
Biggest Mistake in HR – Exit Interview: It’s Too Late…. …And What Organisations Can Do About It Interviews as such are an important component of the HR function. Most candidates and interviewers look forward in anticipation towards recruitment interviews. For the former, it is an opportunity that will get them closer to their dream job. And for interviewers (HR managers), it is about choosing the right person for the right job. After all, filling the vacancy appropriately is one of HR’s prime responsibilities. However, there is yet another type of interview that perhaps does not receive as much attention ... Read More
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May2015
Changing Climate or Culture? What Do We Need? When looking for an employer, you always look for an organisation that will build you in your career. It is therefore, the successes and values of an organisation that will give you an interest with working with them. The company working behaviour, values and the operational atmosphere will always play a role in your selection. How Do We Define Culture And Climate? Whenever you work in different organisations, you will always realize that each company has diverse rules and regulations that show its employees how to behave. These are the organisations cultures. ... Read More
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May2015
Shall We Invest Money in Attendance Systems or Extend Trust For Free? Companies of all sizes have one common problem, attendance. The question is posed as to whether or not an attendance system is the answer. After spending millions to create the ideal system it often does not produce the desired results. Some of these systems are quite advanced and require complicated procedures that include everything from a card swipe to scanning your eye into the system. No matter the complexity of the system, it is often questioned as to whether it is even needed. The importance of an ... Read More
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May2015
10 Employee Characteristics Line Managers Love The position of a line manager, though challenging and exciting is an unenviable one. On one hand, the line manager has to oversee the front line staff and ensure that their execution and implementation is on track. On the other hand, he/she is answerable to senior management for implementing set polices and strategies and achieving the desired results. How exactly does the manager balance these roles and responsibilities? A single word answer to this question is YOU. That’s right. Managers rely on their employees and team members help them achieve their organisational objectives and ... Read More
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09

May2015
Close Your Eyes- Let’s Imagine The Dream HR There are no free lunches – that’s a fact. So most of us (except a ‘lucky’ few) have to get up each morning and get to work to earn our living. Imagine how it would be if you absolutely hated your workplace. Yes, even if you do love your love, it is possible to hate your office due to several reasons and this will make it quite impossible to get through the day! What is the solution to this problem? HR to the Rescue The HR department plays a crucial role in creating ... Read More
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May2015
70-20-10 Theory in Learning & Development – Proven Success Learning and development is important not only for organisational success, but also for long term organisational sustainability. A key responsibility of top management personnel is to groom current middle level managers into senior and executive positions. Appropriate learning and development strategies are required to create managers who can effortlessly take on the responsibility of senior management. Another aim of learning and development in organisations is to enhance competencies of employees across all levels and make them more fit for their roles. This is essential to ensure the organisation is able ... Read More
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Apr2015
Why People Hate HR Yes, it is true. Though you may try to make light of the matter or even plain ignore it, the fact remains that in most organizations, majority of the employees do NOT have a good relationship with HR. ‘Not having a good relationship’ does not translate into merely being unhappy with HR or not liking HR. Several employees openly hate the human resources department. If you are a HR professional or a business owner, you might wonder why. After all, why does HR inspire such strong emotions in people. Read on to find out why people ... Read More
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Apr2015
Best People in The Worse System Or Best System With Worse People – Who Will Win? It is a question that has been posed forever. Do people drive Organisational success or is a successful Organisation the by-product of highly efficient Organisational systems? Of course, people are the core strength of any Organisation. It is people (top management) who make crucial decisions, people (middle management) who create strategies for implementation of decisions and people (front line staff) who actually execute the strategies and implement the decisions. A high performance Organisation results when people at all levels of the Organisation carry ... Read More
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Apr2015
Employee Engagement, How To Become The “Google” In Qatar? Whether you are a successful company or aspiring to be one, the true measure of your success depends entirely on how your employees perceive you as an employer. Do they love the fact that you exist? Do they want to remain with you forever? Do they feel inspired, motivated enough to come to work every single day? Do they look forward to the next day at work? Simply put, do you have the ability enough to keep them engaged? Yes, your employee engagement quotient is an important factor that determines the ... Read More
June 6, 2016Admin

05

Apr2015
Why Hire A Consultancy Firm! Why Not Borrow Expertise From Local Best Practices? To stay strong and remain ahead in the fiercely competitive global scenario, most thriving business organisations must constantly search for newer advantages and take smart entrepreneurial decisions, while orchestrating strategic changes. And to achieve these milestones, most leading world companies regularly employ consulting services; to assist them build and fortify their competitive edge. On the other hand, several globally competitive firms believe that learning the ropes of the business from locally situated cutting edge companies is more favourable compared to hiring a consultancy firm! In fact, such ... Read More
June 6, 2016Admin