The UAE National Day and the Compensation manager

Today the United Arab Emirates is turning 44. I enjoy living here, and wanted to celebrate some of the country’s achievements and recognise some of its challenges. In 44 short years, the country has moved from having very few (mostly poor) residents and very little infrastructure, to being a symbol of economic and social success…

HR Summit and Expo 2015 : a recap

Beware : long read ! The HR Summit and Expo 2015 organised by informa took place last week in Dubai from November 16 to 18. I was honoured to be invited again to present a session in the free learning track, and delivered some tips on how to use numbers and words to get better…

The value of the independent advisor to the Remuneration Committee

Remuneration Committees (RemCos) are a topic which seems “far away” for many of the C&B professionals in the field, even the most senior ones, and especially in the Gulf countries, the region where I’m currently based. Yet, sooner or later, we are all confronted by requests coming from “The Board”, or documents to prepare for…

How do I give an increase to an employee who has reached the maximum of his salary range ?

How do I give an annual salary increase to an employee who has reached a maximum salary ceiling in his or her notch or position ? A question from James at HR Toolbox… but one which I have also heard from clients and past colleagues as well. It can happen quite easily that someone reaches…

Missing performance appraisals – quick fix and long-term approach

Here’s an interesting question about missing performance appraisals that I “stole” from another HR blogger, Sharlyn Lauby of HR Bartender fame. Her reader asks : “Just looking for advice on how to handle the following situation. We’ve had a lot of management turnover in the last year and there are several employees who did not…

How to get access to compensation data

“I am looking for compensation data for Real Estate Industry in the ME. Can you help me with the same?” That’s what Ishita, one of my readers, wanted to know recently. That’s an interesting question. I once had a similar request regarding Retail surveys for the EMEA region. Getting access to reliable compensation data is the basis…

How to build and use a compensation communication matrix

  How may you use a Compensation Communication matrix to support engagement at your organisation ? In today’s uncertain economic climate, most organisations indicate that retention of employees, and “making more with less” are among their top priorities. And as we all know, one of the best ways to foster engagement lies in communication. In a…