As the “Year of Emiratisation” draws towards a close, the FNC is discussing the incorporation of a law to drive forward Emirati employment in the private sector and decrease the high rates of unemployment among the UAE’s national population. Although I think such a law might be a quick-fix remedy it definitely comes with its own challenges. Here are a few things we all should be aware of should such a law comed to be enforced.

We are very excited to announce our first HR Observer Webinar. Essentials of Compensation and Benefits. In a world where retaining and rewarding your top employees have become critical priorities, every HR professional should understand how compensation and benefits work. This two-part webinar will demonstrate the profound impact of compensation and benefits in modern organisations.

Despite the apparent interests of companies in integrating CSR with business strategy, however, this is rarely successfully carried out in practice. The importance of corporate leadership in reversing this trend cannot be overstated. Leaders are the driving force for change in any organization. A small but growing body of research is shedding light on how corporate leadership and corporate responsibility intersect, and the findings are intriguing.

The ability of CEOs to develop ‘superstar’ talent is the difference between success and failure in the business world, one of the UK’s leading sports executives has said in the build-up to an important new leadership summit in Dubai later this month. Mike Forde, former Director of Football Operations at Chelsea Football Club, says the race for talent has never been so critical as it is at present, and talent management is a primary responsibility of the CEO or key leaders, and not a HR function.

By Sandrine Bardot
As we approach mid-year, many companies have put in place a mid-year review for checking on progress against goals etc. These tips will help employees prepare for their self-assessment as well as managers who want to give advice to their team members on preparing for the discussion. Don’t hesitate to use the print button at the bottom of this post and you can save it as pdf and distribute it in your organisation if you like.

By Ron Thomas
“It is important for communities to educate our children for their future, not our past.” In a recent interview, Romain Dallemand, the superintendent of schools in Bibb County, Georgia, talked about how he came into the job last year with a bag of changes he calls “The Macon Miracle.” One of the tools in that tool kit was adding Chinese as a language requirement in his school district.

As captain of the organization, your role is to make bets on strategy as well as bigger bets on people to carry out that strategy. This is the understood dynamic, but the problem is with the reality of the people/strategy matrix. On paper, that all makes sense. To grow it you need a strategy, to realize it you need the people. So here’s the question: Where is HR in this dynamic formula?