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These Ten Policies Are An Embarrassment To The Mauritian HR Profession

  Throughout the years spent in human resources, I have been asked to write up so many policies and procedures that I am trying to think if they were even relevant. The weirdest one so far was the 'Toilet policy', which we implemented in a business process outsourcing sector in Mauritius. Wh…

Too much firefighting in HR

  While coming across an article posted by Julie Downing, who is the Head of HR of NTT Data EMEA, I came to realise that she is right about wanting to prevent the human resources team from falling into the trap of being firefighters all the time. I have myself lived this miserable truth in sev…

Iznogoud’s ‘Caliph instead of the Caliph’: A Dangerous Phenomenon For Any Employees

  I have always had the luck or lack of luck to be placed in situations when I was an employee in the human resources field, where at least one of my colleagues would remind me of Iznogoud because I felt that he/she wanted to be "Caliph instead of the Caliph."  The poor transmission of k…

8 Workplace Rights Your Employer Might Not Tell You About

   When reading my law degree, I always came across the concept that no one is above the law. While working in human resources, whether as an employee or as a service provider, I have been appalled too many times where employers have bluntly mentioned that they can ‘control’ a…

Management’s tough love can backfire

  Various times have I been confronted with a ‘tough love’ from management teams, be it as an employee or as a service provider. I always tried to get ‘dust myself off’ and try again to impress them or please them. But in the end I realised only one thing: you cannot pr…

You can fight a management without being violent

  A couple of months ago, I was watching the news and was appalled by the violence expressed against two senior managers including the Head of HR of Air France in Paris who announced 2900 job cuts and who had to flee from the employees, who turned into an angry mob. Both the French government …

'You’re fired!’- How to terminate an employee gracefully.

  I was terminated once through a redundancy in a BPO sector but which was made in a very ungraceful way. It was on the 28th of December and I was even yelled at and given a bin bag to collect my belongings and even leave as a criminal. This is the worst way to fire an employee that I had ever…

I got a job offer but the boss seems toxic!

  This topic came into my mind while scrolling through an article relating to this and I started pondering about my own previous ‘toxic’ bosses and last experience from an interview where I was turned down from the job but where I gathered feedback that the boss was toxic. I keep …

How to maximise your EQ (Emotional Intelligence) at work?

  Throughout these past years of my career, I have heard so many people speak about emotional intelligence without really understanding what they were saying. I even start to question myself if EQ can be maximised with age only or can anyone do it irrespective of ages?   I will be honest…

Too Pretty To Work- Where the Equal Opportunity Act fails in Mauritius

  I was literally shocked this week when a secondary school friend emailed me to relate to me about her unpleasant and rude interview she had by clients of a licensed recruitment agency in Mauritius. They clearly told the candidate that she was too beautiful, that the male colleagues would not…