In this interview with Naukrigulf.com, Nasser Bamookreh, AGM – HR, Forsan Foods & Consumer Products, talks about company culture and employment trends. Here’s what he had to share:
Please tell us a little about your professional and academic background?
Dedicated HR Manager for the last 15 years with extensive HR leadership experience, having an MBA in Human Resources and currently planning to pursue PhD in human resources.
What prompted you to choose a career in HR?
Simply because it relates to people. The people side of any business is the most important element leading to the success of any organization.
What does a typical work day in your life look like?
As soon as I arrive at work in the morning, I start checking my emails. Then I check my to-do-list. I spend a considerable amount of time writing policies and procedures in order to provide basis for employee benefits, compensation, leave, transfers, job descriptions, promotion and merit guidelines …etc.
How do you balance your work/family life?
While at work, I dedicate my time and focus fully on work and when I am at home, my time is dedicated completely for my family. Spending quality time with my family and friends is the best way for me to de-stress.
What is the best part about working in your company?
The strong belief within the senior management on the importance of human resources. I particularly enjoy the role of Talent Acquisition and its Development.
What has worked for you to take you further in your career in HR?
To be able to grow as a business partner and not just as an administration expert. That is also what I advice employers who want to retain their top performing talent, to always provide opportunities for employees to grow.
Do you live by any particular motto?
I believe in the quote by Steve Wynn, “Human Resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s the thing that runs our business.”
Do you have any predictions for trends in hiring and training in the Gulf region in the next few years?
As competition is getting fiercer, companies will make sure they hire the right talent and will be more concerned on retaining those talent and ensure they don’t lose them to their competitors through better talent development, promotion and pay systems.
What are the most important skills that you believe job seekers must possess?
We usually look for Job/skill fit, Cultural fit, Attitude when making a hiring decision but it depends on the job; however, behavioral competencies are equally important as functional / job related competencies. We hire for skills but we fire for behaviors.
What advice would you like to give to the Job Seekers who are struggling to find a job?
My advice is that they must work hard to distinguish themselves from others. Using job portals such as Naukrigulf gets them the assistance they want.
Can you tell us about your experience with Naukrigulf.com?
An excellent job portal. It has a very good database with a wide spectrum of professionals. It is user friendly as well.
Any advice for HR Professionals?
Make sure that best HR practices are implemented and followed in your companies.