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6 Ways to Develop a Low-cost Yet Effective Training Program for Your Employees

Posted by Shobha Jaison January 20, 2016 0 Comment

Q. Hi! I’m the HR director of a management consulting firm in Riyadh that employs more than 100 people. In 2015, our company did not grow as expected and cash flows were thin. We had projected a full training package for every employee in the company this year, but in light of the current situation, […]

Can I Give a Promotion Without Giving a Raise?

Posted by Shobha Jaison December 16, 2015 0 Comment

Question: Hi! I’m the owner of a small business in Riyadh. I would like to promote some of my top performers this year but don’t have the budget for an annual raise. Can I discuss the possibility of promoting a deserving employee but not increasing their salary due to current economic conditions? How do I […]

Create a More Diverse Workplace in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Shobha Jaison November 23, 2015 0 Comment

Question: Hi! I’m the owner of a small business in Abu Dhabi. I’m looking for ways to promote diversity and encourage diverse thoughts in my company as I truly believe that diversity fosters creativity and innovation. Can you please give me some tips on how to build and nurture a truly diverse workforce? Thank you! […]

5 Red Flags to Watch for on a Candidate’s Cover Letter

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun October 21, 2015 3 Comments

Question: Hi! I’m responsible for recruiting new talent in a startup. I always receive a bunch of cover letters and I don’t have enough time to scan through all of them. At the same time, I know how much cover letters are important to evaluate a candidate for a job. Can you please give me […]

How to Attract and Retain Female Talent

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun September 15, 2015 0 Comment

Question from employer: Hi! I’m a recruitment manager at a multinational company based in Dubai. One of our major policies is workplace diversity. However, I find it difficult to recruit top-level female talent for our company as many of them are hesitant when it comes to applying for executive positions for fear of having to […]

Motivate an Underperforming Employee in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun August 10, 2015 0 Comment

Question: Hi! I’m the owner of a family business in Abu Dhabi. We have 20 employees working with us, and sometimes it happens that one or two of them are having a bad day and not performing well. I know that losing their job will cause my employees and their families financial distress. So how […]

Five Ways to Promote Social Learning in Your Company

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun July 14, 2015 0 Comment

Question: Hi there. At the company where I work, we often face the problem of skills gap and training programs that do not always bear their fruits right away. This, unfortunately costs us a lot of time and money. What can I do to solve that problem and encourage lean and efficient learning throughout the […]

How to Reduce Employee Turnover in Your Company

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun June 22, 2015 0 Comment

Question: Hi. I am the HR manager of a medium-sized business in Dubai. Due to unknown reasons, the company has been suffering from high employee turnover rates lately. This problem has affected us so much that our most important goal at the moment is to keep employees at least past their probation period. So how […]

5 Types of Flexible Work Arrangements That Work

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun May 11, 2015 1 Comment

Question from employer: I am the co-founder of a tech start-up in Amman and considering adopting a flexible work arrangement for my employees. I read that such arrangements can benefit both the employer and employee. The question is, what are the main types of flexible work arrangements? And how do they differ from each other? […]

The Best Way to Source and Attract Passive Candidates

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun April 22, 2015 0 Comment

Question: At the recruitment agency where I work many of my clients insist that I recommend candidates who are both active and passive but interested in exploring new opportunities. Is it possible to make these recommendations and how would I do that? Selma P. Answer: Hi Selma! In order to have a great talent pool for […]

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