The GRP certification in the Middle East : to take it or not to take it ?

My reader Samir recently asked me to write something on World at Work certifications, and their value worldwide and specially in the Middle East. Formerly known as the American Compensation Association, World at Work is the leading Total Rewards association in the world. They have 200,000 members, the majority of whom are based in the…

How do I learn Compensation & Benefits for free ?

New readers or people who connect with me on LinkedIn frequently ask me what to do in order to learn Compensation & Benefits for free and get a job in the function. If you want to work in C&B your best shot is to change job within your own company. As an HR professional you…

An unexpected career change

I recently celebrated my 2-year anniversary at my current employer, and it made me reflect. I tried to think of the thing I am most proud of in my career so far. Surprisingly, it is not some of the large-scale projects I implemented such as completely revising the salary structures at France Telecom EGT or…

Some learnings from being a public speaker

Many years ago, in 1998 to be precise, I was Compensation Manager for a subsidiary of France Telecom. You can’t imagine more French than that 😉 ! One day, a colleague rushed into a panic to my office and said : “Sandrine, do you speak English ? We have received a call in Payroll but…

Where HR may be getting it wrong in the Middle East

I am very happy to introduce a guest post from one of my friends today, Tom Raftery. Read more about Tom’s great profile at the end of the post. And without further ado, here it is : Where HR may be getting it wrong in the Middle East I have read in various articles and…

It’s the team you build

Patty Azzarello has written what is, in my opinion, one of the best books to help manage your career : Rise – 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life. She also authors a great blog which I regularly quote in Share the Knowledge, my roundup of…

Lunch and Learn – ideas for your Compensation team

We all know we should continually grow our knowledge. Learning new skills helps us  reach better results at work, gives us confidence in our decision-making abilities, and maintains our value in the marketplace. One of the ways to do that is to use internal resources and increase proficiency for free. Many US companies organise “Lunch…