Ramadan Kareem

I wish all my readers a blessed and peaceful Ramadan. Whether we are Muslim or not, this period of contemplation and celebration is an opportunity for us to remember that as human beings, there are more things uniting us, than dividing us. There is hope for all of us 🙂

Deciding on your incentive payout cycle : the main points to consider

I have delivered quite a few sessions of my Expert Compensation & Benefits training recently. Whether I deliver it in Beirut, Kuwait, Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Namibia, or Morocco, I always make sure to talk about the payout cycle for incentives. Should we pay incentives annually, semi-annually, quarterly, monthly or even weekly ? A recent exchange with…

What 2017 will bring to Compensation Insider

Here comes the time of the year where I share my accomplishments and disappointments for the previous year, but most importantly, the plan I’ve put in place for 2017. Like every year since 2005, I followed my trusted “Your Best Year Yet” plan and spent a day or two in order to devise a programme…

Why employees are not engaged and how to motivate them – [infographic]

Most employees are not engaged. Low engagement costs US companies over $350 billions in revenue every year, as employees focus on activities that are not very productive. Why do they do that ? Do you want to know what employees really want, and what you should offer them as part of your Employee Value Proposition…

What do the Olympics opening ceremony and your recognition scheme have in common ?

I love watching the big ceremonies for the launch of truly international sporting events.  I was happily reflecting on the fact that the Olympics opened on a Friday hence week-end for us in the GCC when an idea came to my mind linking it to Compensation & Benefits. I know, I know, I’m a bit obsessive-compulsive…

Salaries and the cost of living in KSA

I’m very pleased today to host my friends from Bridge the Data for a guest post. Bridge the Data was formerly know as Cost of Living reports, and I mentioned their reports in previous articles. Today, they share with us an extract from their KSA report which was published right at the end of 2015.…

The digitalisation of HR – are your systems in the 21st century yet ?

I was at the #OracleX conference in Dubai yesterday, which is basically a giant product showcase mixed with some interesting external contributions. It was a really great event, with superb organisation moving hundreds of people at the same time in a flawless way – I’ve never seen that many helpers at an event, but it…