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Five Ways to Hire Better People

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun September 17, 2014 2 Comments 856 views

Q. I’m an HR manager of a medium-sized company in the UAE. I find it a struggle to attract top quality professionals, and to judge them properly before hiring. It would be great if you could give me some tips on how I should do this. – Jia. R A. An organization is only as […]

Three Benefits of Training Your Employees

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun August 21, 2014 2 Comments 1243 views

Q. I’m the human resources manager of a local company based in Dubai, with a headcount of around 250 employees. Lately, we have noticed a drop in the productivity and overall morale of our employees. When we asked them for feedback, they said that they feel their skills are outdated and that they would like […]

Six Reasons You Should be Hiring Fresh Graduates

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun July 21, 2014 0 Comment 1329 views

Question from employer: I work in the HR department of a large conglomerate. We get hundreds of applications for our entry-level vacancies. A large proportion of these applicants are fresh graduates with minimal work experience. However, we invariably hire candidates who have more experience as we feel that they would bring more value to the […]

How to Manage Your Star Performers Effectively

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun June 24, 2014 6 Comments 1832 views

Q. We are an established organization in the Gulf region and need your guidance on a specific matter. We have a few amazing performers in various departments and sometimes they tend to work alone and become isolated from the team. We need a way to bridge that gap and ensure that their talents are integrated […]

A Manager’s Guide to Effective Meetings

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun May 21, 2014 0 Comment 1915 views

Q. Hi, I have recently been promoted as Sales Manager in my company. My predecessor was really big on meetings – daily, weekly, and monthly huddles. While meetings can be an effective tool to direct and motivate a team, they can also end up being a colossal waste of time. What is your guide to […]

How Does Your Organization Rank Against Competition

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun April 30, 2014 0 Comment 1673 views

Q. We are a long standing family business and have recently undergone some major changes in our management and corporate culture. To know the efficacy of the new changes, we wish to undergo a company-wide evaluation. Can you suggest how we can go about doing that? – Rakesh S., HR Director A. Hi Rakesh! In […]

How Skype Interviews Can Help You Hire Great Talent

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun March 20, 2014 1 Comment 3092 views

Q. We are a newly established engineering firm in the region, and are currently looking to recruit for specialized technical positions, particularly from abroad. So in the coming months we will be interviewing most of these professionals remotely. Any advice on how to carry out these interviews? – Santosh J. A. Hi Santosh, this is […]

How to Deal with Your Quarter-life Crisis

Posted by Apeksha Udeshi March 3, 2014 0 Comment 1646 views

Q. Hi, I’m 26 years old and have been working for the past six years. I’m going through a tough time in my life where I suddenly feel lost, as if I don’t have a direction or established path for my career or personal life anymore. This can’t be a mid-life crisis, as I’m only […]

How to show your employees that you care

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun February 25, 2014 0 Comment 1816 views

Q. I am part of the HR team in a large retail organization where we recently had a 360 degree appraisal review. The results of the appraisal showed a lot of negative feedback which I feel is due to a disconnect between what our employees feel about the company and what the management wants them […]

How to Manage Your Employees’ Career Aspirations

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun January 16, 2014 2 Comments 3186 views

Q. Hi! It’s appraisal season this month in our office. As the department manager, my question is how can I effectively manage the unique and distinct aspirations of a diverse set of employees working in my team? – Sanoor R. A. Hi Sanoor. Bravo first off for giving a thought to your team’s career aspirations […]

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