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We have conducted interviews with the thought leaders, visionaries and experts who push the HR industry forward including David Buckingham, Tammy Erickson, David Shing, …

Immersive learning and HR must collaborate for employees skilling

Sarah Toms, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Wharton Interactive talks to the HR Observer during HRSE 2022 about the methods immersive learning could be used in the industry to change the skilling of employees. Toms speaks about the potential of Web 3.0 within HR, and how companies can help their workers adapt to the new changes.


Inclusion and diversity are key to a company’s wellbeing

Vernā Myers, Cultural Innovator, Thought Leader, and Social Commentator, VP, Inclusion Strategist, Netflix talks about the significance of having different voices within any organisaton. Myers said that diversity must have an environment of inclusion to counter resistance that is driven by fear.


For Compensation and Benefits, ‘Caution’ is the Watchword

As with everything, this year our Survey Results reflect the impact of Covid-19 as our survey respondents and their organisations have been living with the virus for a full year and are approaching a better understanding of what the “new normal” may look like.

For compensation and benefits, caution is the watchword: salary increases are lower or non-existent, and bonuses are rarer. Interestingly, while one might assume the pandemic would increase concerns around economic uncertainty, only 34% of our respondents identified fluctuating economic conditions as their main challenge in managing remuneration over the next three years – down from more than 45% of respondents in 2019. You may be wondering what the rest of the survey respondents highlighted as their main challenges moving forward.

Download the survey and find out:

  • What the real impact of COVID-19 has been on Total Rewards?
  • What happened to bonus payments for 2020?
  • If the interest in pension continues to grow?
  • How to manage a more balanced approach to employment costs?
  • If organisations are saying goodbye to Excel sheets?

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Efficiently Using Neuroscience to Develop Better Training

Hear to some tips from Debbie Simister, Vice President, Talent Management & Learning for India, Middle East & Africa at AccorHotels on how to incorporate findings from psychology and neuroscience in learning design to create learning experiences that improve attention, memory, and long-term learning.


SHRM Tech EMEA 2020

That's a wrap on day 1 of #SHRMTechEMEA! A day filled with multiple insightful sessions conducted by industry experts. We explored various dimensions of technology and its growing impact on the world of work. Watch what went down at day 1.

Jointly delivered by SHRM, the largest HR association in the world, and Informa Connect, the largest B2B events business globally, SHRM Tech MEA is the leading conference for all things tech for HR in the region. Over the two days conference, SHRM Tech MEA touches upon nearly every important topic in HR Technology from key trends, innovative ideas and success stories.


Marshall Goldsmith, #1 Executive Coach and Leadership Thinker in the World

We are excited to welcome Marshall Goldsmith at ATD Middle East Conference & Exhibition on 15-16 April 2020 in Dubai. Marshall will deliver a keynote on Leading Systemic Change and will explain Shifting Cultures and Driving Transformation.

Goldsmith is a world authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior: for themselves, their people, and their teams. He is the author or editor of 31 books, including the bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, a Wall Street Journal bestselling business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. His books have been translated into 28 languages and are bestsellers in eight countries.

Marshall will be available for book signing during the ATD exhibition. If you wish to have your favourite book signed by author, stop by and get the autograph from #1 Executive Coach and Leadership Thinker in the World.


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP will be at SHRM Tech EMEA 2020! Will you be there?

Hear from Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, and 45+ other industry experts at the Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai on the 24 & 25 February 2020. Visit for more details


Architect of a New World of Work: How to Future-Proof Your Organisation

Watch interview with Marcus Buckingham, Bestselling Author, Global Researcher, Founder of the Strengths Revolution.


Leading Business into the Future: Creating a Pipeline of New Leaders for Your Business

The leadership model is broken – and an entire generation of potential leaders is on the verge of falling through the cracks.

Watch interview with Tammy Erickson, Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School.


Expecting Problems as we Explore Possibilities in a More Tolerant World

Sometimes we choose our challenges, sometimes our challenges choose us. What we decide to do about them is what counts. Deciding to be a competitor, a realist and a collaborator offers you a chance of maintaining a resilient mindset under pressure.

Interview with Mark Pollock, Explorer, Innovator & Collaboration Catalyst.


Building future workplaces, today!

With the fourth industrial revolution underway, it has impacted work like never before and has fundamentally changed the way workforces are structured and organized. This session aims to address the million-dollar question, how do you create an environment with your employees at the heart of it and at the same time ensure it stands the test of time.

Watch interview with David Shing, Digital Evangelist at Verizon Media.


The Neuroscience of Change: The Human Side of Transformation

The rapid pace of technological innovation, globalisation, and social change demand flexibility, openness to exploration, and willingness to change. Leading neuroscientist and marketing professor Michael Platt unveils the brain mechanisms that allow us to break out of routines and explore new opportunities, and how these faculties are shaped by our engagement with others.

Interview with Michael Platt, Director, the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative; James S. Riepe University Professor Marketing Department; Wharton School Department of Neuroscience; School of Arts and Sciences University of Pennsylvania at The Wharton School.


Harnessing the power of a multi-generational workforce

Similar to the transformations taking place in companies, the workforce has also transformed due to the presence of five generations at work. This creates challenges because of the different engagement techniques, communication styles, work practices, and expectations from employers, but it also creates opportunities, as different generations bring different experiences and skills.

Interview with Marwan Al Muhairi, CHRO at Emirates Islamic Bank.


Doing More with Less: Stretching Your L&D Budget to Create A Culture of Continuous Learning

Businesses today do not have unlimited funds to spend on digital learning or training courses. Therefore, L&D and HR leaders need to know how prioritise investments and leverage existing or free tools and technologies to creating a culture of continuous sustainable learning.

Watch interview with Angela Stopper, Chief Learning Officer & Director of Learning and Development at the University of California, Berkeley.


Changing Perceptions to Change Reality: Impact of Female Leaders on Business Growth and Profitability

While many businesses are behind in the drive for gender parity, others are models for how to drive change today: Women CEOs, directors, and founders who have forged their own paths and are paving the way for others; and approaches to mitigate bias.

Interview with Ellen Dubois du Bellay, Chief Human Resources Officer at Jumeirah Group.


The AI-enhanced Workplace

Happiness equals reality minus expectations. Consumer technology has created employee expectations that are forcing the enterprise to catch up. In his session Yazadexplained how employers will keep up and even innovate the way we use AI, Machine Learning and natural language interfaces in the workplace to deliver a joyful employee experience.

Interview with Yazad Dalal, Head of Strategy, HCM Cloud Applications, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Oracle.


Streamlining Talent Acquisition: Efficiency vs Reliability

Today’s recruiters face an increasingly competitive marketplace with tighter budgets and greater demands for efficiency than ever. Attracting and selecting top talent quickly and reliably continues to be a topic of debate which brings an array of challenges.

Watch interview with James Raley, Country Manager for Cubiks.


The Real Future of Work Research: Rethinking Employee Experience Amidst Disruption in the GCC

At HRSE (HR Summit & Expo) 2019, in his presentation, Mohamed revealed insights from 'The Future of Work' research conducted in the GCC by Gallup in 2019. Insights that enable an actionable framework for workplace transformation.

Interview with Mohamed Ebrahim, Managing Consultant at Gallup Middle East.


Developing the Digitally Connected Workforce

This new era of work almost always calls for people to work across virtual technologies, often without having the required mindset and skills needed to take advantage that these technologies can offer.

Watch interview with David Smith, Global Managing Director at DS Virtually.


Embracing Technology While Staying Human

Our workplaces barely resemble those a decade ago as growth in technology capabilities have vastly changed the way organizations function. As digital transformation is already at the forefront of most business leader’s minds, now is the time to go the extra mile.

Watch interview with Ali Alhashmi, Vice President - Human Resources at ADNOC Offshore.


Talent Edge: A Behavioral Approach to Hiring, Developing, and Keeping Top Performers

The differentiating factor that differentiates the highly successful employee from successful employees is their behaviour. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that the vast majority of people who are let go from a company it is because of their lack of appropriate fit to the norms of behaviour of the company.

Watch interview with David Cohen, Professor at Schulich School of Business / York University Toronto.


From Manager to Leader through Developing the Skills of Action Centred Leadership

Watch interview with Alan Power, Director at MPOWER (UK) LTD Management Consultants.


Redefining Leadership: Driving Change By Developing A Digital Mindset

Change Management and leadership go hand in hand. In this digital era, especially as managerial power moves to a new generation, how will HR and business leaders navigate this new landscape of next-gen workplaces.

Interview with Peter Baker, Group CHRO at First Abu Dhabi Bank.


Will Humans Rule or Machines Takeover?

With work and workplaces changing faster than ever, workplace automation is growing at unparalleled speed. How to make work faster while moving away from inefficient processes and procedures by truly harnessing the power of automation.

Interview with Dr. Reza Moussavian, SVP Digital & Innovation, SVP HR Development at Deutsche Telekom.


5 Approaches to How We Work and Learn Today

The work, workers, and workplace of the future is undergoing a dramatic transformation and with this change, our learning habits are evolving. Modern workplace learning is shifting focus from traditional training to embedding more learning in the flow of daily work, empowering employees to take more responsibility for their continuous self-improvement and self-development at work.

Interview with Sahar Ramy, Senior HR Business Partner at World Bank (Middle East & East Africa).