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Lack of Transparency in Senior Dubai Executive Departures

Last week saw the unexplained resignation of two senior executives, the chief executive of Jumeirah Group and the chief investment officer of EmiratesNBD. There are several pertinent facets to these announcements. First, both seemed to be abrupt as there was no permanent successor named in the reports. Second, both left after a relatively short tenure, with…

Compensation Foundations: Long Term Incentive Plans

This week’s column is the third in a series that I co-author with Ray Everett, the chief executive of Aon Hewitt in the Middle East. In our previous articles we spoke about salary – what you give people to show up every day, and incentives – what you pay them to do their job well.…

No values? Here’s a promotion!

My insight into how those with no values are promoted: If a supervisor instructs an employee to do something, then an employee with values will push back if the action conflicts with their values. The employee with no values will immediately execute the instruction without hesitation. From the supervisor’s point of view it can look…

Compensation Foundations: Designing an Effective Incentive Plan

This week’s column is the second in a series that I co-author with Ray Everett, the chief executive of Aon Hewitt in the Middle East. In the first article we discussed job identification, job grading and linking it to pay. While people are paid salaries to do their job, incentives encourage them to do their…

What makes for a Happy Workplace?

It is thought that happy employees improve the performance of a company. This has been championed most publicly by Google, with its large assortment of toys, break rooms, food and beverages, services and transport for employees. But is this concept correct? Although it is relatively clear that unhappy employees would be harmful to a company,…

Employee Operational Skills

Developing and emerging economies go through a known cycle: export of local products and commodities, FDI including agencies and technology transfer. But what about human operating skills? What use are large amounts of foreign investments, the factories and infrastructure that they build and the advanced technology that is imported if worker operating efficiency does not…

Emirati Role Reversal: Learning to be an Expat

Emerging economies go through the same cycle. The first step is the export of products or commodities that are relatively cheap or are native to the exporting community. For examples of emerging economies exporting product simply look at the history of nearly any country in Southeast Asia. As for commodities-based economies, the UAE is a…

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