When crisis brings synergy

I am delighted today to publish the first article from Khushboo Sehar. Sehar reached out to me mentioning the article I wrote last year, asking my readers to write an article for my blog – the invitation is still open 🙂 . I was delighted to read her piece. This is a real-life experience of collaboration between…

How low salary is not low cost (always)

In Dubai where I live, and in other GCC countries, many organisations rely on cheap (imported) labour in order to manufacture, distribute and sell their products. A lot of HR Directors don’t necessarily believe in this “cheap cheap cheap” approach, but they struggle to get heard by the leadership team, and they often ask me…

C&B : Local leadership want it “their” way, not the corporate way – what can I do ?

Holly, one of my new subscribers recently commented : One of the biggest challenges involves developing global strategy that inter-relates both compensation & benefits as well as global mobility issues among 100 countries. One size does not fit all situations – and a regional approach has been employed. However, that approach is often undermined by…

When to use comparatio and market ratio

One of my contacts commented to me recently : “I am curious about something…. If compa-ratio defines the relationship between a person’s pay and his internal pay grade mid-point, should there not be a different name for the metric that defines the actual pay rate of the incumbent with the target market midpoint?” You are…

Is this the biggest HR challenge in the GCC?

One of my recent subscribers wrote to me : “I think the biggest challenge for any one handling HR in the GCC would be Total Rewards equity. Convincing people that they are paid fairly and equitably by any company seems to be an impossible task to achieve. Nationals keep wanting to be promoted despite their…

What opportunites for partnership between HR and Finance ? [Infographic]

A few months ago, the good folks at Towers Watson produced a decent infographic on the partnership opportunities between HR and Finance. Unfortunately, they’re not offering an “embed” function so if you want to see it, you’ll have to click here. You can download a PDF if you really like it 😉 There are numerous…

Overview of the People in Energy East conference in Kuala Lumpur

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure and honour to be one of the guest speakers at the People in Energy East conference organized in Kuala Lumpur by Lucy Brennan from The Talent Management Alliance. It was my first visit in Malaysia and I thoroughly enjoyed the warm welcome I was given by everyone…