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

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...
Why should I outsource employees in the UAE?

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...
You got the Promotion, now what?

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...