Being in my line of work, I get to hear from a ton of people who have left jobs. One of the questions I like to ask people is to give me one thing they regret about leaving a certain position or company. You might think that most people would find this hard to answer, but I’m always surprised at how quickly people can answer this question, and the fact that no one ever answers it with “I have no regrets.”

Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed a considerable amount of attention focused on Generation Y from both the media and business world. The May 20 issue of Time Magazine led with a cover story labelling them the ‘Me, Me, Me’ generation: narcissistic, fame-obsessed, and self interested; Meanwhile PwC reported findings from a comprehensive Next Gen study of its Gen Y employees.

It was 42 years ago when the founders of the nation gathered to announce the unification of the UAE. The feelings that mesmerise from that historical occasion are overwhelming, as we imagine the hardship they had to encounter and the decisions they had to make to have them stand tall under that flagpole in Dubai on December 2, 1971. No doubt they had one priority in mind, the interest of their citizens who are the core of this country.

One of the truly positive influences of social media is its ability to engage people with similar interests from around the world in truly global, constructive, real-time conversations no matter where they reside. One of the best HR examples of late has been the Microsoft-Yahoo! divergence regarding the talent management practice known as forced ranking; Microsoft is ending the practice, Yahoo! is introducing it.

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.

By Raaid Damati

HR folk take centre in the new technology show – they, of all professionals in a company, use more social media, analyse vast amounts of data and spend half their time on mobile devices. They are more in tune with the wired and wifi world, with apps and social platforms changing the way they recruit, onboard, train and retain good people…