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Discovering Malta

Hi everyone !

Here I am for my second note on Quad’s blog, I’m currently starting my last month in Malta. During this past month I’ve had the opportunity to discover and to learn more about the history and the culture of the island.

First thing I would like to say is that I’m finally getting used to the Maltese bus system. The key is to remain patient, you should also bring a sweater or a jacket with you because it seems like they are very proud of there AC and put it on even though it’s getting chilly outside. If not you’ll probably catch a cold like I did haha!

About the internship, everything is still going really well, I’m learning more about how the company works and how to do a lot of things. What I enjoy about Quad Consultancy is that whatever you are working on, it’s always done in a good atmosphere. I feel lucky I have found a Company where I can discuss and exchange opinions with people, and not only about professional matters, but everyday life subjects too.  

This past month and a half I’ve visited many places in Malta. From Valletta to Comino, Marsaxlokk, Birgu, and Ghajn Tuffieha’s beautiful orange sanded beach. But my favourite place is probably Ħaġar Qim; a mix of culture and history right next to the sea. If you’re a bit adventurous you can go out of the path and go down the hill, you’ll discover a perfectly abandoned cove where you can swim and relax.

I really enjoy the fact that there are beaches all around the Island, I went to Comino, Ghajn Tuffieha, Mellieħa, Paradise Bay… My favourite one is Ghajn Tuffieha, surrounded by nature, fine sand and beautiful water. I advise you to go in the morning, so you can find the perfect spot before other tourists arrive.

For this upcoming month I’ll probably be relaxing and enjoying my last weeks here while watching the World Cup haha. Unfortunately I’ll have to wright an internship report for my University so it will take me some time, but I still will still take advantage of the rest of my time here.

Take care,

Guilhem

 

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Salut à tous,

Voici ma deuxième contribution au blog de Quad, je viens d’entrer dans le dernier mois de mon stage à Malte. Pendant le mois qui vient de s’écouler, j’ai eu l’opportunité de découvrir un peu plus l’île et sa culture.

La première chose à dire, est que je commence à peu près à m’habituer au réseau de bus maltais. La clé est sûrement la patience, mais vous pouvez aussi prendre un petit gilet afin de vous protéger de leur climatisation, dont ils semblent très fiers. A moins que vous préfériez attraper froid comme moi haha…

Concernant le stage, tout se passe très bien, j’en apprend tous les jours plus à propos du fonctionnement de l’entreprise, comment les recruteurs fonctionnent, les choses à faire et ne pas faire. Ce qui est également intéressant est d’avoir différents points de vues dans l’entreprise. Ce qui me plaît dans cette entreprise est que peu importe sur quoi porte votre travail ou celui de vos collègues est qu’il est fait dans la bonne humeur. J’ai la chance d’avoir trouvé une entreprise dans laquelle on peut parler et échanger avec des personnes sur des sujets qui ne concernent pas nécessairement le travail.

Au cours du dernier mois j’ai visité de nombreux endroit à Malte, de La Valette à Comino, en passant par Marsaxlokk, Birgu et la plage de sable ocre à Ghajn Tuffieha. Mon lieu favori pour l’instant est sûrement Ħaġar Qim, un mélange d’histoire et de culture au bord de la mer. Si vous êtes un peu aventurier, sortez du chemin et aventurez vous en bas de la colline, vous découvrirez une petite crique parfaitement abandonné. Elle n’est pas spécialement faite pour bronzer, mais vous y serez en paix, et vous pourrez vous baigner en profitant d’un calme plutôt rare à Malte.

Ce que j’apprécie à Malte c’est qu’il y a des plages pour tous les goûts, et partout dans l’île, j’ai pu aller à Comino, Ghajn Tuffieha, Mellieħa, Paradise Bay… ma préférée à ce jour est Ghajn Tuffieha, entourée de nature, son sable ocre et son eau transparente. Je vous conseille peu importe la plage de partir tôt le matin afin de pouvoir trouver le meilleur endroit sur la plage avant que les hordes de touristes arrivent.

Pour les semaines à venir je vais sûrement profiter et me reposer, tout en regardant la Coupe du Monde.

A plus,

Guilhem

 

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¡Hola a todos!

Aqui esta mi segunda participación para el blog de Quad Consultancy, hoy empece el ultimo mes de mi practica en Malta. En el mes que ha pasado tuve la oportunidad de descubrir un poco más la isla y su cultura.

La primera cosa que quiero decirles es que casi me acostumbre al sistema de colectivos maltese, seguramente la clave es la paciencia, pero pueden también llevar una chaqueta para cubrirse, parecen re orgullosos de su aire acondicionado jaja!

Mi pasantía está pasando re bien, estoy aprendiendo nuevas cosas cada dia sobre el trabajo de reclutador y sobre el funcionamiento de la empresa. Lo interesante también es de tener diferentes puntos de vistas adentro sobre problemáticas. Pero lo que me gusta además de todo es que no importa lo que estás haciendo, o lo que hacen sus colegas, todo se hace en una buena atmósfera. Tuve la suerte de encontrar a la buena empresa, en cual puedo charlar con la gente e intercambiar sobre temáticas profesionales y personales.

En este mes pasado, visité muchos lugares en Malta, de Valetta hasta Comino, pasando por Marsaxlokk, Birgu y Ghajn Tuffieha con su playa de arena ocre. Pero mi lugar favorito hasta hoy es seguramente Ħaġar Qim, un mezcla de de historia y de cultura a lo lado del mar. Si sos un rato aventurero, sal del camino y baja de la colina, descubrirán una pequeña cala perfectamente abandonada. No es el mejor lugar para broncear pero podrán bañarse aprovechando de una tranquilidad rara en Malta.

Lo que me gusta en Malta también es que hay playas para todos los gustos, y por todos lados. Fui a Comino, Ghajn Tuffieha, Mellieħa, Paradise Bay… pero mi preferida es Ghajn Tuffieha porque está rodeada de naturaleza, por la lindeza de su arena ocre y del agua transparente. Les aconsejo de ir lo más temprano posible antes que todos los turistas lleguen.

Para las semanas a venir, ciertamente voy a disfrutar y descansar mirando el Mundial.

Hasta luego,

Guilhem

 

Outsource payroll

Payroll nightmare?

If you know at least one person who takes care of payroll, then you’re probably familiar with all the annoying stories of disgruntled people they have to deal with every day.

Going out for a Friday drink with a friend of mine, who’s a Finance professional, means one thing – listening to her frustrations over payroll, accounts and the constant backlog she has to deal with.

As much as I can imagine payroll being a routine job, to say the least, I still cannot understand why is it such a headache for most companies! At the end of the day, if you’re running a business, you also have to pay your employees and somebody has to deal with this crucial process. If you get the employees’ pay wrong, you’re most definitely asking for trouble.

Working at Quad Consultancy gave me an excellent opportunity to do a bit of research to see why they claim that by outsourcing payroll, people’s life can be made easier.

As it turned out, it’s not payroll itself that is a nightmare but rather the way the companies decide to go about it. If like my friend, you work for a small or medium-sized company, then most likely you don’t have a separate payroll department. It’s either HR or  Finance who ends up doing it, and…guess what? Because of deadlines and other urgent matters, payroll sometimes ends up being seen as a “side job”…and additional task…a nuisance!

They both seem to be thinking that accountants are there for numbers and HR to… well, deal with people. Unfortunately, payroll needs a bit of both and hiring a payroll administrator equals additional cost to your business.

I can imagine how the time to run the payroll function is a cost, but when you add the initial investment in the software, and the yearly costs of software updates, and maintenance agreements, plus the employee’s leave, sick leave, bonuses, NI and other costs, then the natural question is: “is it REALLY worth it?”

And let’s not talk about the headaches of payroll administrators needing to take sick leave at the end of the month. What about replacing them when they leave? Now THAT is a nightmare!

But it CAN get worse! Have you considered the issue of confidentiality? How many times have companies experienced leaks of information about salaries and – horror of horrors – those EVIL performance bonuses?

So, it seems like I got a pretty straightforward answer to my question about payroll being a company’s nightmare.

What’s the solution to your payroll problem?

OUTSOURCE!

I’m neither a business owner nor a frustrated employee dealing with payroll. However, I cannot understand why anyone would want to go through so much hassle and expense. It’s just easier to leave it to professionals who will take a headache away at a CHEAPER cost!

Why would you waste time and money on payroll when you can free up the time and boost the productivity by investing in skills they will actually want to learn and use at work? Outsourcing will definitely work out cheaper than hiring a payroll administrator, training them and then watching them leave because they got bored of doing the same thing month in month out…or because they were offered more by someone else. REMEMBER, a good, reliable Payroll Administrator comes at a cost. A huge one indeed!

Now I’m off to meet my friend, and guess what I’m going to be talking to her about! Yes, you’re right. I’m going to talk to her about payroll outsourcing… Maybe in a few weeks, we’ll be able to talk about boys, clothes, hangovers, gossip and other interesting stuff…