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The Client
Our client, an ISO Certified and market leader in the Service industry, are now looking for a Group HR Manager to join their team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing the Group’s HR Team effectively
  • Developing and implement HR strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall business strategy
  • Bridging the management and employee relations by addressing demands, grievances or other issues
  • Managing relations with the trade union, and other statutory bodies
  • Managing the recruitment and selection process
  • Supporting current and future business needs through the development, engagement, motivation and preservation of human capital
  • Developing and monitoring overall HR strategies, systems, tactics and procedures across the Group’s organisations
  • Implementing, managing and overseeing a performance appraisal system that drives high performance
  • Maintaining pay plan and benefits programmes
  • Assessing training needs to apply and monitor Learning & Development programmes
  • Liaising with the operational departments to ensure that they’re properly services
  • Advises Management on HR strategy and people-related matters
  • Foresees future business needs and advises Management to prepare accordingly
  • Provides support as necessary to operational departments

Requirements

  • Previous working experience as HR Manager with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in such a role
  • Excellent people and interpersonal skills
  • A proven track record of achieving results as agreed with Management
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ambition to grow as the company continues to grow
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Thorough knowledge of Maltese and EU employment laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of HR systems and payroll systems would be considered an asset
  • A tertiary level of education is desired

Interested candidates are requested to send an updated copy of their CV in MS Word format (your name in the file name) to David at [email protected].

Should you require further information call on: +356 20 99 44 4

My Adventure in Malta and Gozo

Last week a friend from the Netherlands came to visit me so I took a few days off work to go on a tour around Malta and for a mini holiday in Gozo. Gozo is a sister island of Malta and I think it’s more beautiful, old fashioned and natural than Malta. The island is small, even smaller than the Dutch Wadden- island Terschelling!

We hired a car for Malta and Gozo. I don’t have my driving licence yet (I failed before I came to Malta 🙁 ) but also when you are sitting next to the driver it’s a big adjustment to drive here. Malta is an old colony of England so they drive on the left side and the wheel is on the right side. Moreover, the traffic is very chaotic: there are a lot of cars and it seems like nobody pays a lot of attention to the traffic rules.

So, we went touring for approximately 4 days and I will tell you what we have been done:

~ Tuesday ~

I didn’t take Monday and Tuesday off from work so I worked on my internship on Tuesday morning. Late in the afternoon we took the car and we drove through Malta. First we went to Mdina. A big part of the “Game of Thrones” has been filmed in this city so if you’ve seen the series, you can imagine what it looks like. It’s like you’ve landed in the Middle Ages and with the high walls it’s like you’re in a maze. Then we drove to the Dingli Cliffs where we saw THE perfect sunset. Before we went to eat we drove to the Blue Grotto real quick, which was less fun than expected. The sun was gone so we saw absolutely nothing. Tip: Go during the day, not in the evening.

~ Wednesday ~

Early in the morning, we went to Golden Bay. This is the most beautiful beach of Malta. We lay in the sun for a couple of hours (and we went back as red as a lobster). After that we went to Popeye Village. This is the village where the film “Popeye” with Robin Williams has been filmed. It was so cute. There were only wooden houses with a little beach next to the village. Then we went with the ferry to our B&B in Gozo. We were kindly welcomed with a cold beer and we ate something in our village Xagħra.

~ Thursday ~

Our day started with a delicious English breakfast with all the guests in the B&B. After breakfast we decided to go to the famous old temple of Gozo, the temple of Ggantija. It was wonderful and there is a panoramic view of Gozo. Next, we drove back to the ferries and we sailed with a boat to another island between Gozo and Malta. The name of the island is Comino and it’s known for the Blue Lagoon. Unfortunately, many people know this place so it was very busy, even on a normal Thursday afternoon! We ended the day in the fishing village Marsalforn in Gozo where we ate good fish with a nice view of the boats in the harbor.

~ Friday ~

The last day… After another delicious breakfast we went to the Azure Window. At least, the place where it should be because it collapsed this year. It should be a beautiful arch, now it’s just a broken rock. But it was nice to see the difference. Then we went to the capital Victoria for a picnic in a garden and we wondered around the city for a while. Before we took the ferry back we drove randomly along the coast. Along the salt reservoirs, the Ramla Bay … and then we came at the hidden pearl of Gozo! We saw a place with a few parked cars, so we did the same and we went down stairs next to the parking lot. It was so beautiful! The most beautiful beach I’ve seen so far, especially because there were only a few people. My collegues told me that this beach was called Wied il-Għasri. In the water there were fish and octopus so it was a pretty place to go snorkeling. I would definitely go there again.

It was a magnificent week.

Lots of love,

Romee

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Op avontuur in Malta en Gozo

Vorige week is er een vriend uit Nederland langsgekomen dus toen heb ik een half weekje vrijgenomen van stage om door Malta te toeren en voor een mini vakantie in Gozo. Gozo is het zustereiland naast Malta en het is op veel plekken mooier, ouderwetser en natuurlijker dan Malta. Het eiland is klein, net iets kleiner dan het Nederlandse Waddeneiland Terschelling!

We hadden een auto gehuurd voor in Malta en Gozo. Ik heb nog geen rijbewijs (ik ben gezakt voordat ik naar Malta ging 🙁 ) maar ook als je naast de bestuurder zit is het zo wennen om hier te rijden. Malta is een oude kolonie van Engeland dus ze rijden links en sturen rechts. Daarbij is het verkeer overal zo chaotisch; er zijn veel auto’s en het lijkt alsof niemand echt goed op de voorrangs- en inhaalregels let.

Maargoed, we zijn ongeveer 4 dagen gaan toeren en dit hebben we allemaal meegemaakt:

~ Dinsdag ~

Ik had maandag en dinsdag niet vrij genomen van stage dus dinsdag heb ik eerst wat werk gedaan. Tegen het einde van de middag hebben we de auto gepakt en zijn we gaan rijden door Malta. Als eerste zijn we naar Mdina gegaan. Hier is een groot deel van de “Game of Thrones” opgenomen dus als je dat hebt gezien kun je je wel voorstellen hoe het er in dat dorpje eruit ziet. Het lijkt wel alsof je in de Middeleeuwen bent beland en met de hoge muren lijkt het net een doolhof. Daarna zijn we doorgereden naar de Dingli Cliffs waar we DE perfecte zonsondergang hebben gezien. Voordat we gingen eten zijn we nog snel naar de Blue Grotto gereden, dit viel echter een beetje tegen. De zon was al onder dus we zagen precies niks. Tip: Ga er overdag heen, niet ’s avonds.

~ Woensdag ~

Vroeg in de ochtend zijn we eerst naar Golden Bay gereden, het mooiste strand van Malta. We hebben lekker een paar uur in het zonnetje gelegen (en zijn als kreeften weer weggegaan). Toen zijn we naar Popeye Village gegaan. Dit is het dorpje waar de film “Popeye” met Robin Williams is opgenomen. Het was zo schattig. Allemaal houten huisjes met een klein strandje om te zwemmen. Hierna hebben we snel de pont genomen naar Gozo en zijn we naar onze B&B gegaan. We werden vriendelijk ontvangen met een lekker koud biertje waarna we naar een restaurantje in ons dorpje Xagħra zijn gereden.

~ Donderdag ~

Onze dag begon met een heerlijk Engels ontbijtje met alle gasten van de B&B. We besloten om na het ontbijt naar een bekende oude tempel in Gozo te gaan, de tempel van Ggantija. Het was bijzonder om te zien en vanaf de tempel was er een mooi uitzicht over een groot deel van Gozo. Vervolgens zijn we weer terug gegaan naar de haven en zijn we naar een eilandje tussen Malta en Gozo gevaren. Het eilandje heet Comino en staat bekend om de Blue Lagune. Helaas zijn er veel mensen die deze mooie plek kennen dus het was enorm druk. Op een gewone donderdagmiddag! We hebben de dag afgesloten in het vissersdorpje Marsalforn in Gozo waar we heerlijk vis hebben gegeten met uitzicht op de mooie bootjes in de haven.

~ Vrijdag ~

Laatste dag… Na ons wederom heerlijke ontbijtje zijn we naar de Azure Window gereden. Tenminste de plek waar hij zou moeten staan want het is dit jaar ingestort. Het zou een mooie boog moeten zijn, nu is het gewoon een afgebroken steen. Het was wel leuk om het verschil te zien. Daarna zijn we gaan picknicken in een heel mooi parkje in de hoofdstad Victoria en we hebben deze stad verder bekeken. Voordat we de pont weer terug namen zijn we random gaan rijden langs de kust. Langs de zout reservoirs, de Ramla Bay … en toen kwamen we bij het verstopte pareltje van Gozo! We zagen een plek waar een paar auto’s geparkeerd stonden, dus wij deden hetzelfde en liepen een trap naast de parkeerplaats af. Het was zo mooi! Het mooiste strand tot nu toe, vooral omdat er zo weinig mensen zaten. Mijn collega’s zeiden dat het strandje Wied il-Għasri heet. Er waren vissen en octopussen dus het was een geweldig stuk om te snorkelen. Hier ga ik zeker nog een keer heen.

Het was een heerlijke week.

Veel liefs,

Romee

How To Be A Bad Boss Effectively

by Mark J Galea

In my (wait a minute. Pause. Stop. I’m 41….so shall I describe my life as long, longish, or short, or relatively short?) professional life, I came across a number of books, articles and papers advising people how to be good or become better managers.

Every single piece of literature under this category aims at converting The Evil Witch/Queen into a whiter-than-white Snow White. I guess, that this creates a gap in the market. So how about addressing those people who want to play the villains at work? Someone needs to acknowledge and address these poor souls, right?

For this reason, I decided to come up with the Bad Boss’s Manual. Political correctness dictates that ignored minorities (or are bad bosses in the majority?) be accepted and embraced. By writing this manual, I feel that not only will they feel embraced, but they will also enjoy a reference guide….a sort of a satanic bible 🙂

Out of respect for generations X, Y and Z who lack enough patience to read articles but have enough time to “invest” in social media, I hereby present you with some brief points to help you become an even worse boss. These are my tips:

1) Empathy is for wusses: You are employed to get a job done. You were given a team to help you achieve YOUR goals….and bonus at the end of the year. Tough luck if they don’t like your style. The door is always open for them to leave and for their substitutes to come through. “Shape up or ship out”: THAT should be your mantra.

2) Terrorise your subordinates: The more your underlings fear you, the more productive they are. This also comes with the added benefit that no one will dare badmouth you. Ever. Not in private. Not in public. Actually, they will praise you with others (both inside and outside the company), and make sure that you get to know they did so. What could possibly give you better gratification than your underlings’ praise? On the flipside, look at how the “kind bosses” get criticised and denigrated in public (both openly and behind their back). Idiots!

3) Divide and conquer: Make sure that you have – at the very least – two factions in your team. Play to their weaknesses and make sure that you can effectively manipulate the weak and insecure team members. In such a scenario, your people will be elbowing each other to curry favour with you. To be in your good books. And while you’re at it, do encourage your underlings to spy on each other and report back to you (1984 style). Reward these loyal servants accordingly. Who can deny that this is a scenario that any manager dreams of?

4) Do your best to lose their trust: If your team fears you already, mistrust is a great bonus! You will become unpredictable in their eyes and THAT’S the one thing they clearly want to avoid. The last thing you want is for your underlings to feel safe. Remember that safe = complacent.

5) Make it clear that you play the political game, and that you have your own agendas: Nothing will make your people feel more insecure and terrorised than the fear of being left out of your grand plan. Actually, they will fight each other out for the leading role of your scheme. They will happily volunteer to do the dirty work for you. They will fight each other to the death like gladiators to climb the beanstalk and steal the magic harp from the giant. Make them play the political game like a video game: kill the ogres to score points. The more they kill, the higher the score…….Which gives me an idea. How about actually creating a leaderboard? No one would want to be at the bottom of the table, right? Muwahhhaaaahaaaaahaa.

6) Badmouth your underlings with other team members AND other managers: If you want to make sure that your underlings will treat you like a deity, you must prevent them from trusting you. Gossip as much as you can….and while you’re at it, make sure to add some of your spice. Go on. Spill the beans. Let them suffer and beg for your kindness.

7) Make sure they don’t trust you: Remember that trust also leads to complacency. If you earn the reputation of bad mouthing people, no one would want to fall victim of your rants. And what’s the best way for them to prevent this? By working hard to be in your good books….and to stay there.

8) Be angry all the time: No one likes to deal with angry people, and this would keep your underlings off your back. Would they dare bothering you with their personal problems? Of course not! Would they come up with some lame excuse for failing in their tasks? Unthinkable. Better still, no one likes to cross an angry manager. Who would be stupid enough to volunteer to fall victim of your wrath? No one should be that stupid, right? And if someone is that stupid, then they shouldn’t be on your team. This is an extremely effective way of getting things done, and achieve your goals.

9) Bark orders at your underlings: Nicities are for softies. Ditch any flowery language and make good use of your voice to show your people that you’re the boss. When ordering them around, make sure to bark your orders thus ensuring that your team is badgered into submission.

10) Be as unfair as possible: Make it clear that you have your own pets. That some animals are more equal than the others. Fairness is for the weak. You must also make sure to be unfair when rewarding your loyal servants. Kick logic and common sense out of the window. Make them crave and work hard for your favours. Convince them to turn their bitter disappointments (when you decide not to give them their rewards) into an even bigger strife for your favours.

11) Avoid consistency at all costs: Consistency makes you predictable; and you don’t want that, do you? Make sure that your underlings are constantly guessing what you’re scheming and that they can never be in a position to predict how you’re going to act. Spice this up by doing things in a diametrically opposed way to what you preach. Avoid acting like this all the time though, otherwise, you’d become consistent. After all, the element of surprise will keep your team motivated to follow your orders to the letter. You also need to master the art of dishonouring promises. Do it tactfully, and you’ll be laughing.

12) Clarity is a weakness: If you want to keep your team under control, make sure that your orders, instructions, and communication are as vague and convoluted as possible. This will inevitably make your underlings come to you asking for direction thus strengthening your power and forging their dependence on you.

13) Denigrate and ridicule your team in public: Make sure that you ridicule different individuals at least once a day. Quash their dreams. Make them understand that they are not worthy…..and keep on reminding them that there IS a reason (or more than one) why YOU are THE manager, and THEY are your servants. THEY are a means to an end. YOUR end. You’ll be amazed by the results you will achieve.

14) Take and keep complete control: Team members are like characters in a video game. You are the player holding the controller. Make sure that you dictate every single step. Every single move. There should be no room for individualism and personal ideas. YOU are the manager and YOU know best. Their role is to do what you say. To follow your instructions. You have no other option but to micromanage your underlings. You’re the only one who knows how every single task has to be carried out  😉

15) You know best: How dare they come up with ideas? How dare they suggest something that’s different to your way of doing things? How dare they question your you?There’s no room for suggestions or any form of discussion. This is yet another reason why micromanagement is the name of the game. Surely IF they were THAT good, THEY’d be managers, right?

16) Make them work hard for you: You will not tolerate anyone who dares to turn up late. It is also unacceptable for you that anyone dares to leave on time. Any “reasons” which – let’s face it – in reality, are excuses should be rubbished straight away. Make it clear that you expect your team to be at work early and leave as late as possible. You shouldn’t be happy to meet deadlines. Impress your bosses by finishing tasks before agreed deadlines. Needless to say, it’s OK for you to leave before any of your underlings.

17) Take all the credit for your underlings’ performance: This is precisely the reason why you need to hold the game controller. How can you claim success if you don’t have complete control? Make sure that your own bosses, your peers and your underlings know that your team’s excellent performance is SOLELY down to your input. If the company ever gets to lose you, there will be no tomorrow! They might as well shut down when you walk out the door.

18) Fire an employee every month: This will definitely keep them on their toes! Fire someone for the stupidest (and most illogical) of reasons, and you will see the team’s productivity soar. Keep this going every month, and you will be unstoppable. And remember: unstoppable = untouchable 😉

19) Hire underachievers: The more unemployable (for others) job candidates are, the more attractive they are for you. You will be the only one who gave them a job after weeks, months or years of searching. They will be forever grateful and will never, ever think of disobeying your orders. Furthermore, not a single one of these underlings will ever even think of dethroning you to take your job.

20) Surround yourself with yesmen: You already have to deal fellow managers and your bosses. Unfortunately, they don’t always do as you say. So why should you allow your underlings to add to the grief and frustration? You are the boss and their sole function is to march to your orders. Make sure that they clearly understand their place in your kingdom. Oops! I mean….department.

I will now leave you with this parting shot: always keep in mind that your decisions are irrevocable and final because, without a shadow of any doubt, you are always unquestionably right!