Employee Retention Strategies to Retain Top Talent

Employees are the real assets of any organization. Identifying, recruiting and retaining the right employees is of paramount importance for the growth and health of an organization. A wrong choice of a candidate can be detrimental. Similarly losing a good employee also has a huge negative impact. Why Retention is Important? Employee retention is crucial as it helps firms to retain talented employees who contribute towards the growth with their knowledge, experience, commitment, and strong work ethics. Losing good employees and hiring new resources increases the costs and adds to the delays, thereby reducing the overall productivity and profitability of an organization. It also allows the competition to leverage the situation in their favor. Let us look into important retention strategies for companies. 1. Recruit Suitable People The best way to retain employees is to ensure that their aspirations are aligned with the company’s business ambition and vision. Seek out people who are highly motivated and show interest in their career growth. Those focused only on salary are a potential threat and should be avoided. Communicate with people before recruiting them to make them clear about your company’s vision and goals, the job profile and your expectations out of them. 2. Have a Reasonable Performance Metrics Employees love growth and recognition. An organization should adopt an objective approach towards performance evaluation so that there is no subjectivity or bias involved in the same. Set clearly defined goals for employees. This would provide them with a sense of direction, motivation and a clear focus. The goals should be  SMART  – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. The performance evaluation process... read more

Qualities beyond Education that can get you the job!

You must have a dream job you wish to do or that one dream company that you wish to work at, but just like you there are various other people may have a dream similar to yours. So, now the question arises how do you set yourself apart from other candidates to be a shining star before the interview panel. You must be wondering that the education qualification of all the candidates would be similar so how can I stand out among the crowd. You do not need to look very far away for the answer as we have got the answer you are looking for. For starters, education is just one of many things that a company is looking for in a suitable candidate. Besides education, there are numerous qualities that one should possess to get the job. So, let’s dive in to see what qualities you can inculcate to get that dream job of yours. 1. Communication Skills  This is no brainer that one of the most basic skills which a company looks for is the ability to communicate effectively. Effective communication not only involves the ability to communicate one’s thoughts, opinions, suggestions, questions, or answers in an appropriate and crystal clear manner but also includes one’s listening skills. 2. Team Player/skills All the achievements of the company are a result of the collective effort by its employees. Hence, it is imperative that one should have the capability to work with a team and generate great results. Being a team player won’t just give you an extra edge over others but will also help you in the long... read more

Celebrating 15 years of success!

It makes me so proud as a managing director of Ultimate HR Solutions to announce that we (including myself) have crossed another milestone in the history of our company. On the 23rd of April 2016 we completed 15 years as Ultimate HR Solutions. On this occasion, I would sincerely like to thank all our clients, candidates, employees and shareholders for the support and trust they have placed in our company over the years. Without their contribution we would not have a success story to tell. What began as a small firm with just 3 members has risen up to stand tall amongst the business leads of the time with more than 30 employees in house and over 2700 outsourced with our valued clients. Over the period, our company has had innumerable  achievements and accomplishments, especially last year which proved to be our most profitable year in our history. Without the support of our excellent team it would never have been this successful. Every one of you plays a very important role in the development of our company. It is for your enthusiasm, support and dedication that have brought us to this height. Ultimate  shall ever remain indebted to the contributions of its employees and candidates  who are with us today or have served us in the past. This includes our outsourced employees who are our biggest marketing agents. Over the years, we have had over 10 000 outsourced employees who have been a part of Ultimate at some point and are today our spokespeople. We are also grateful to our clients and candidates who trusted in us to help... read more

How to engage your workforce?

I am sure we have all had different experiences with different employers, I know I sure have. One of the best feelings while on duty is the feeling of “engagement” with your work. I don’t mean just showing up, punching in and doing your job, I mean actually feeling like you are a part of the company, and your work matters not only to you, but the company and entire team. Employee engagement isn’t just some “new age” or “millennial” type of corporate jargon… No no no, it is an actual business strategy that any company can implement and benefit from. You may be asking, “Yeah sure sounds great, but what benefit could I possibly get from making my employees actually like their work?” Well, for starters, how about an increase in productivity of your workforce? You see, highly engaged organizations have up to double the rate of success than lower engaged ones. Turns out, when people are happy and like what they do, they work more! In addition, an engaged workforce has less absenteeism, tardiness, lower attrition rates, few safety accidents, and fewer quality complaints. All of this has immediate effects on productivity, quality, and even customer service. Does any of this sound like a reason to get your staff engaged? There are many ways to increase engagement, such as implementing group events outside of the office, inviting customers in to give examples of how your product or service has benefited them, giving your employees great benefits like healthcare and holidays, etc. All of these will in the end have to go for budget approval, pass through HR,... read more

Life in Dubai

As I have said before, there really is no place in the world quite like Dubai. We are the business hub of the Middle East, the cross roads between Europe and the Far East, and one of the busiest ports in the world. With all of this business trading hands, it is easy to see why so much hiring happens in the city. What I want to discuss is not how to land a job (or how NOT to land the job) but just what kind of great city we live in. Dubai is a human melting pot. It may not appear that way as you exit through the airport, but once you hit the ground and explore the city you really can see the diversity. Sure, we do host many residents hailing from Asia (India, Pakistan, and Philippines – in that order) but we also host every Arab country and we have a steadily growing population of Europeans and other Westerners as well. In fact, Dubai currently hosts over 200 different nationalities. That means many different languages, cultures, customs, and chances to learn something new. All of this can be a bit daunting to someone coming from a homogenous background. And if that worries you, then a move into this kind of environment probably isn’t best for you. However, if you do make the move, you will find many outgoing, fun loving and hardworking people who do not mind diversifying their human experience and making new friends. What makes Dubai great is the fact that 85% of the population is from a country other than the UAE and... read more

If you are the smartest person on your team, you got a problem.

Everyone knows that one person… that one person who knows everything. Well, at least they think they know everything. This is the guy who knows the best recipes and why you shouldn’t eat high Fructose corn syrup because it causes cancer of the pancreas. The girl who knows the date the Magna Carta was signed and how it affected the European advancement and the Industrial age which spelled the doom for the Far East until recent trade treaties were ratified internationally. Or the Jeopardy genius that knows the batting average of Hank Aaron, as well as the last champions in every sport and Olympic event to date. And even the administrator in your office who knows all the movie stars’ current and ex bae’s and who is bound for divorce because the way the stars were aligned when they met. This is good and fine, unless it is you, and you are a manager of a team. Usually, managers who know everything can’t trust anyone else to perform the work because they are the only ones who can ‘do it right’. When that happens, it can create issues, especially when it comes to delegating and work flow process. What I mean to say is you do not have to know everything to be a competent and productive manager. In fact, I say that often times it is better not to know. Sounds crazy right? My favorite saying is, “If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room”. I live by this saying. For one, it means that I should always be in a... read more

Why should I outsource employees in the UAE?

Outsourcing is one of those business terms that carry a lot of weight. It has strong connotations that can be interpreted differently depending on the situation or even the people speaking about it. In general, outsourcing is the process of delegating a company’s business process to third parties or external agencies, leveraging benefits ranging from low cost labor, improved quality to product and service innovation. When outsourcing transgresses national boundaries and is managed by companies located in other countries, outsourcing takes the form of offshoring. This can mean anything from process outsourcing, call center functions for instance, or the direct outsourcing of employees within your office, which is what we will discuss herein. In the UAE, and other GCC countries, most of the workforce is on an employment visa. The laws are such that companies give visas to those working directly for them, and employees on a company’s visa may not work for any other company aside from the sponsoring company. This is where the benefits of our outsourcing service come into play. Free Zone Companies: Free Zone organizations have limited visas available, usually depending on their office size within the free zone. I have found many companies growing exponentially, however they are not able to hire directly onto their free zone visa due to a shortage of vacant visas. These companies have few options. Either they rent a larger office, lose out on growing their business, or outsource their employees onto a different company’s visa. Another issue sometimes faced is that Free Zone companies are not allowed to do business outside of the free zone they are established... read more

You got the Promotion, now what?

All of us work for one of, or all of, these three things: Salary, recognition, or the joy of what we do. If you are one of those mythical unicorns who thoroughly enjoys what they do, I am very happy for you, also a bit jealous, but still happy. For the rest of us, we work because we have too and you know what, we want some recognition. This could be a bonus, a pat on the back, employee awards, or the often coveted and always on the horizon Promotion. As someone who has risen through the ranks within a few companies, I hope you will take my following advice to heart and allow me to offer my thoughts on what to do next once you are granted that key to the promised land of promotion. Whatever you do, do not let it go to your head. You may have interviewed and even competed against others in your department or team for the promotion you just received. Do not come in on day one with your chest puffed out and start looking down your nose at your former peers. These are the people you sat next to, the people you shard lunch with, the people that will ultimately be the cogs that turn your productive wheel which you hope to ride to further promotions and growth. Be good to them, remember them as friends and stay on friendly terms because you do need them, and now they need you. There is nothing worse than seeing a department fall apart because of in-fighting and resentment from an internal promotion. Don’t... read more

5 ways to NOT land a job in UAE

If you have ever visited the UAE, or even spoken to someone who has, it is very easy to understand why anyone would want to work and live here. The most secure country in the region, exponential growth, huge mix of successful people from many nationalities and backgrounds, plus… the food! But the streets are not paved with gold, nor are jobs falling out of the air and hitting people on the head with incredible salaries and huge perks. No, landing a job here is tough. However, there are many ways to put your application on the top of the pile, and even ways to squeeze into a highly sought-after organization… but we aren’t going to talk about those. I, my eager beavers, am going to tell you what NOT to do. All too often we in the HR scene of the UAE see these, every day, hundreds of times. They always make us laugh, scratch our heads, and then add them to the “round-file” (the small trash can under our desks). 1 – Applying for positions where they clearly asked for a different candidate, physically. Here in the UAE, some positions require specific nationalities or genders. Either for language, security, or just to fit in with the current dynamics of the company. For everyone’s sake, please do not apply or throw your efforts at a position that specifically asks for a candidate of “Western/European” nationality if you hail from anywhere other than those areas. The impression you give is that you either can’t read, don’t understand geography, or are so enamored with yourself that you think you know... read more

Welcome to the newly improved world of Ultimate HR Solutions!

Dear Clients, Candidates and Employees, Welcome to the newly improved world of Ultimate HR Solutions! We have been pioneers in HR outsourcing and recruitment business for years. In this 15th Anniversary year of our founding, we take this opportunity to greet new clients, candidates and employees because it allows us to describe the Ultimate Philosophy- which commits to continuously improve on customer satisfaction and exceed service delivery expectations of our clients, candidates and employees. We are very excited to launch this new website with our new branding with a complete fresh look for our headquarters on Sheikh Zayed Road as well.  Our logo has gone through a complete makeover in order to blend with the current times- a time when partnering with the most effective is more important than partnering with the largest player in the market. As part of our commitment to keep our work easily accessible and transparent, we have created a more navigable website with additional information, including FAQ’s, and a completely new recruitment and staffing software with an applicant tracking system. Service Delivery and commitment on turnaround times has always made us stand out against our competition.  We are known in the market to provide premier outsourcing and recruitment service.  Today as we move on, we aspire to be the preferred partner for all our existing and new clients. Anything less is not good enough.  This means for every assignment we will deliver more than you expect.  By consistently going the extra mile, we are able to offer flexible and timely recruitment and outsourcing solutions. We are committed to go the extra mile for our... read more

Tips for a successful CV and FAQs in a job interview

CV / Resume Preparation Tips 1. Be neat and error free. Ensure that your CV is well presented in an easy to read format. Make sure it is grammatically correct with no spelling or typing errors. Have someone proofread your CV, preferably someone attentive to details. Even the smallest error could land your CV in the bin. 2. State specific objectives. Form a solid, clear objective that will help you carry a focused message throughout the CV. The objective summarizes your skills and emphasizes your strengths. 3. Why does the employer need you? Focus on highlighting accomplishments that will arouse the interest of employers who read CV’s asking themselves: “What can this candidate do for me?” Remember that the goal is to get the interview 4. Make a good first impression. On average, recruitment consultants and or employers spend less than 30 seconds scanning each CV. Most employers are more concerned about career achievements than education. Place the most interesting and compelling facts about yourself at the beginning, such as a list of accomplishments in order of relevance. 5. Use keywords and buzzwords. Include specific key words and phrases that describe your skills and experience, such as Product Launch, Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Sales, Account Management, C++, Visual Basic, Word Processing, MS Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Graphic Design, and Advertising. Use industry jargon and acronyms to reflect your familiarity with the employer’s business, but not to the point where it makes your CV hard to read or understand. Spell out acronyms in parentheses if they are not obvious, such as TQM (Total Quality Management). 6. Use action verbs. Portray yourself as active, accomplished, intelligent, and capable... read more

Changing your job can be a daunting experience.

Thinking about changing your career /job can be a daunting experience. Before you make any major decisions about your career, you need to ask yourself what type of position you would like to secure. Think about what you like and dislike about your current role. Also take into account your current skills and whether they need to be updated. If you are satisfied at your current workplace but dissatisfied with the work you do, speak to your current employer if it would be possible to move into another role or department within the existing company. By doing this, you can keep the things you like about your existing company like the environment or relationship with your current colleagues or customers but you also get a new role. If you decide to leave your current employer and explore any opportunities that you may have in the existing job market, it may be difficult to know where to begin. We at Ultimate HR through our talent specialists will be happy to provide as much help with the whole recruitment process and we have put together some helpful tips that will provide guidance on cover letters, CV’s and interview techniques. WRITING A CV / RESUME If you are looking for a job, then it is very important that you understand how to offer yourself in the best way to an employer. WHAT TO INCLUDE? Career Objective This is a two or three sentence overview of your skills, qualities, hopes, and plans. It should encourage the employer to read the rest. It is best to add a passport sized photograph of yourself- either scanned in... read more

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