People Management magazine

Feature articles

17 August 2015


Build a strong foundation for your nationalisation strategy

Build your nationalisation strategy

How HR leaders in GCC can help find and develop the best local talent while building a nationalisation strategy

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Does end-of-service gratuity have a future?

The future for end-of-service gratuity

Enhanced benefits are increasingly popular among employers, but not everyone is convinced

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Big thinkers

Big thinkers

Inspiring ideas from Sharoq Almalki, Rasmus Ankersen, Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Heidi K Gardner and Eduardo Braun

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2017: Where is the economy heading?

2017: Where is the economy heading?

The oil price may be (almost) stabilising, but uncertainty still abounds. Leading economists and academics make sense of the numbers

Find out where
Case study: Sharjah Police

Case study: Sharjah Police

How an Emirati police force ditched its ‘boring’ testing to nurture its future leaders using the power of neuroscience

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The power of wellbeing

The power of wellbeing

Investing in employee health pays dividends in the long run. So why are so many business leaders still not convinced?

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The view from here - Issue Six

The view from here

Judith Barton argues that finding the right coach for your needs is essential for a successful experience

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The neuroscience of change

The neuroscience of change

Why addressing the threat response in our brains is the answer to solving HR’s toughest task

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“It shouldn’t be shameful to fail at your job”

“It shouldn’t be shameful to fail”

The way we recruit is all wrong, says bestselling author and thinker Malcolm Gladwell.

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The debate: is engagement still a valid concept?

Is engagement still a valid concept?

HR professionals are often told that raising engagement is the holy grail of business performance. But does it truly pay off?

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The knowledge

The knowledge

Your quarterly run-through of how to apply essential workplace skills, with expert commentary

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Legal update

Legal update

Jamie Liddington, Hadef & Partners, gives an overview of legal changes in the GCC that HR professionals need to know about

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The age of the entrepreneur

The age of the entrepreneur

Professionals want to work for themselves - but does the GCC have the infrastructure to support them?

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The debate: is being 'always on' bad for business?

Is being 'always on' bad for business?

Ultra-connected employees may keep you competitive, but experts warn that could prove counter-productive in the long run

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"Only the lucky few will do more than serve a machine" - Isaac Asimov, 1964

The future of work is...

What are the major challenges shaping the workplace of tomorrow? And how can HR professionals be part of the solution?

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Case study: Qatar Cool, Qatar

Case study: Qatar Cool

How an innovative, Doha-based business introduced psychometric testing in a bid to put its values at the heart of recruitment

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(Don't) keep it in the family

(Don't) keep it in the family

Family businesses grow faster and last longer than their rivals. But managing them means negotiating some HR challenges

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Case study: Omantel, Oman

Case study: Omantel

Omantel's HR function has been re-engineered and revived - and now it's integral to the telecoms company's future plans

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Q&A: Dave Ulrich "Analytics only work if you ask the right sort of questions"

Q&A: Dave Ulrich

HR guru Dave Ulrich on the challenges facing the business of the future, and GCC nationalisation

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The view from here - Dr Antoine Eid

The view from here

Dr Antoine Eid, Leapership Consultants, tells us why so many organisations fail to motivate their employees

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Big thinkers

Big thinkers

Inspiring HR ideas from Dr Linda Holbeche, Stephen Frost and Danny Kalman, Josh Bersin, Edward Cone and Michelle Burke

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Legal update

Legal update

Charles Laubach, Afridi & Angell, gives an overview of legislative changes in the GCC that HR professionals need to know about

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Nurture is needed to create leaders of tomorrow

Nurture is needed to create leaders

Organisations should not shy away from investing in future talent, finds Mowgli Foundation report

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Labour market: HR to the fore as businesses hit ‘reset’

HR to the fore as businesses hit ‘reset’

Oil price spurs rethink in organisational structures and focus, as companies bid to remain competitive

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Big thinkers

Big thinkers

People Management rounds up the latest inspiring ideas for HR professionals from leading researchers

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How would you rate performance management?

Performance management 2.0

Businesses are ditching appraisals. But that’s only the first step in reinventing the way employees are evaluated and managed

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Legal update

Legal update

Sara Khoja, partner at Clyde & Co, gives an overview of legal changes in the GCC that HR professionals need to know about

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Case Study: Al-Futtaim Group, Dubai

Case Study: Al-Futtaim Group, Dubai

Why all 46,000 employees at a family-owned conglomerate had to understand what it means to be a leader

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Your brain at work - Neuroscience: the HR guide

Neuroscience: the HR guide

We know more than ever about what makes the brain tick. But can that give us a competitive advantage in the workplace?

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Case Study: Global Investment House, Kuwait

Case Study: Global Investment House

A commitment to developing relationships with every staff member is paying dividends at a Kuwaiti financial powerhouse

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Supercharge your business

Creating a high-performance culture isn’t about hefty bonuses or visionary leadership. Could empowering people be the key?

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The debate: is it time to rethink end of service benefits?

The debate: end of service benefits

Many GCC employers do not put enough aside to cover their liabilities when staff leave. The experts mull the alternatives

Find out what the experts think
The view from here: are we ignoring the power of teamwork to enhance business performance?

The view from here

Debbie Nicol of ‘business en motion’ asks if we are ignoring the power of teamwork to enhance business performance

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Why change is so hard

Introducing new ideas, or radical transformations, disrupts employees’ psychological balance

Find out why
The view from here: The GCC needs more female leaders – and its own version of Steve Jobs

The view from here

The GCC needs more female leaders – and its own version of Steve Jobs, according to Zahir Irani of Brunel University

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Social learning: What can your staff teach you?

Social learning: What can staff teach you?

The days of didactic learning are numbered. Staff can connect with each other in an instant – it’s L&D, but not as we know it

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Case Study: Dubai Islamic Bank

Case Study: Dubai Islamic Bank

How the world’s largest Islamic bank got its processes right – so it could tackle the big issues

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The debate: is executive pay out of control?

Is executive pay out of control?

With CEOs earning up to 100 times more than the average employee, is it time to rethink the way they’re rewarded?

Fnd out what the experts think
Case Study: Hilton

Case Study: Hilton

Shedding old stereotypes of hotel industry essential if Hilton Worldwide is to meet challenging expansion targets in KSA

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Legal update: Sarah Lawrence, senior legal consultant at DLA Piper in Dubai, gives an overview of legislation and case law HR professionals should be aware of

Legal lowdown

Jamie Liddington, head of employment at Hadef & Partners in Dubai, on the latest legislation affecting HR professionals

Find out how it affects you
Radhika Punshi: Don’t waste time following the rule book

Don’t waste time following the rules

If you’re going to attract and retain bright young talent, you need a more agile workplace, says Radhika Punshi

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How to stop your best staff leaving

How to stop your best staff leaving

Even in a downturn, attrition matters – hold on to your top performers using big data, smart management and clearer progression

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Legal update

Legal update

Sara Khoja, partner at Clyde & Co in Dubai, gives an overview of legislation and case law HR professionals should be aware of

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Women without work “cost Arab economies billions”

Women without work cost GCC

Cultural issues and lack of flexible working stop women succeeding – as businesses await next progress in gender equality

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Case Study: Emrill

How Emrill is bucking the trend by focusing on welfare – and reaping the benefits in its recruitment and retention

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The debate: does HR belong at board level?

Does HR belong at board level?

A place at the top table has long been HR’s holy grail. But is genuine influence more important? Four experts mull it over

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Q&A: Amal Al Kooheji: “We won’t achieve anything without good HR practice”

We won’t achieve without good HR

Amal Al Kooheji, COO of Tamkeen, on why building skills is essential for getting more locals into the private sector

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Why the GCC is facing a pay freeze

Why the GCC is facing a pay freeze

Plunging oil prices are hitting salaries, say experts. What will it mean for recruitment, engagement, and the role of HR?

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Is coaching the key to world champion business performance?

Is coaching key to business performance?

One-on-one guidance has become a popular way to nurture talent in the west, but can it work for companies in the GCC?

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Opinion: Successful change management is the pre-eminent skill in modern business

Change management is top business skill

Managing change is central to business success, says Khaled Almobarak, President of Mawj Training & Consulting

Find out why he says this
HR thinkers

HR thinkers

Which gurus are most relevant for HR practitioners? We raided the business bookshelf in earnest

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The six workforce challenges you must tackle now

Six workforce challenges

Experts build a comprehensive picture of the challenges in a reset GCC economy and suggest innovative ways to overcome them

Find out what the challenges are
As employees turn to review site Glassdoor to rate their companies, HR professionals are urged to arm themselves with the facts

What are your staff saying about you?

Employee review site is spreading across the Middle East and Asia. HR professionals are urged to arm themselves with the facts

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The debate: are analytics over-hyped

The debate: are analytics over-hyped?

Big data has been heralded as HR’s magic bullet. But, as these experts argue, the reality is more complicated than it seems

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Case Study: DP World

Case Study: DP World

DP World’s HC leader on the challenges of making one of the Emirates’ most successful private businesses into a global player

Find out how he did it
Legal update: Sarah Lawrence, senior legal consultant at DLA Piper in Dubai, gives an overview of legislation and case law HR professionals should be aware of

Legal lowdown

Sarah Lawrence of DLA Piper in Dubai gives an overview of legal developments HR professionals should be aware of

Find out how they affect you
Case Study: Al Salam Bank

Case Study: Al Salam Bank

A summer internship that began as a CSR initiative was a worthy investment amid the shortage of Islamic banking professionals

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Is emotional intelligence more than just a fad?

Is emotional intelligence just a fad?

Being able to empathise is a key business trait – but the unique social mix of the GCC countries provides a particular challenge

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Dr Abdul Rahman A. AL Awar on Emiratisation and mobilisation

On Emiratisation and mobilisation

In conversation with the Director General of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR)

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Workplace ethics

Don't be evil

Corporate ethics are often just soundbites. But failing to find your moral compass can be fatal

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CIPD Affiliate membership

Are talent programmes ageist?

Talk of ‘high potentials’ is too often shorthand for ‘young’ – and that’s an expensive waste of true ability

Find out how to avoid this approach
Video learning that delivers

Video learning that delivers

Video has the power to transform your L&D efforts – but first you need to decide how and why you’re doing it

Read the article to find out how