Unemployed – from Europe to the Arab world, a personal story

My friend and fellow UAE blogger Talib Al Hashimi wrote yet another thought-provoking article a few days ago entitled : The dark side of unemployment in the Arab World. I recommend you spend a few minutes and read it. Talib ends by asking us 2 questions as he wants to put a human face on…

Back to basics on analytics

Someone recently asked me “how to go about analytics” in Compensation & Benefits. I won’t share here a list of KPIs, SLAs and other metrics to track. The internet already has plenty of that available at the push of a button. As far as analytics is concerned, I believe that one should not necessarily use…

4 tips for creating bulletproof HR policies

Clients regularly ask me : “How do I create a policy ?”. Many times, they start by brainstorming about the topic of the policy, listing all possible twists and turns, and diving right into what the policy “should” be. Very rapidly, they feel overwhelmed and confused, not knowing how to organise their thoughts to make…

Reader Question – How do I get buy-in for the new Performance Management program ?

I will mourn the retirement of LinkedIn Answers. This was, for me, one of the most engaging features of LinkedIn, where anyone could ask questions and other members would volunteer to share their views and knowledge. The conversations in there were real, and often led to making new connections based on a common interest. I…

As an expat, do I long for my home country ?

This instance of Reader Question will give you a very personal interpretation of the answer. I hope to encourage you to think about the meaning of home, origins/roots and sense of belonging, as we are nearing a time of the year where many of us reconnect (or long to) with our families for Christmas and…

How to make management look into real inflation for salary budgets

Ayesha joined my readership recently and asked : “I would love to hear some suggestions on what to do when market inflation rates are far higher than what the official sources as well the generally accepted sources like the The Economic Intelligence Unit magazine report… and we have to convince the organization to allocate higher…

Case study – performance management for an internal consulting team

I was once called into a team meeting from the Internal Audit department. They felt the performance management policies from our company did not fit their needs and needed help in deciding how to approach their specific case. Background The company was organised and working in a traditional hierarchy and process approach : one Director…