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The Omani Youth Are Ready For Their Dutiful Roles and Responsibilities – if we allow them to!

For a long time now I have been concentrating on propagating my books – www.myownmajid.com – rather than commenting on the many articles that have appeared – especially in The English Press – as to Why The Omani Youth Are Not Employable (Into Jobs!). I said I will keep to myself – because for all my life I have been fighting against this theme and focus – and from The First Day I started working in Human Resources after my graduation in 1976! The same slogans – the same emphasis – nothing much has yet changed – despite us not ‘escaping The Arab Springs repercussions’!

What made me write this article today is what I saw an ‘Expert’ British Lady writing in one of The Websites that carried His Majesty Speech to The Omani People! Allah Give him quick recovery, long life and health – Ameen!

In this article this lady had given her opinion why Oman is in Trouble – because Omanisation has failed badly! It is surprising out there that everyone becomes an ‘Expert’ when it comes to ‘why the Omani Youth is NOT EMPLOYABLE in especially The Private Sector! I do not blame her – because even our Own Columnists say almost the very same things – with bits here and there in variations!

I read also of The Ministry of Information talking the Chief Editors of The Newspapers! Frankly, I think he needed to speak more to The English Press – where ‘The Indian Mafia’ et al reign supreme under the ‘watchful eyes of The Old Guards’ – some are not even in that category but more being weak, docile, gullible and naïve lots – rather than having any sort of political touch or bias!

So please forgive me as an ex now retired Human Resources Management Consultant, Professional, Expert and Advisor making my valid pertinent points! Besides, the fact that I published 4 Arab Management Books – (1) Psychology of Arab Management Thinking! – (2) A Cry For Help! – (3) Arab Management: Reality or Myth? The Arab Manager – and (4) The Arab Manager: The Call! – all in my books websites – www.myownmajid.com and www.myown-ebooks.com

I was also looking at LinkedIn and saw this Indian guy being promoted every time – and this time to Vice President of The Group! And that brings us to the subject matter of today! I have actually worked together with this gentleman! I will say this for him in truth and sincerity! He has the power and knack of bringing in money to the establishment – because he has many workable good ideas!

But if you ask me if I had my own Company – would I employ him? Money coming in or not – the answer is strong negative that I would not! Because he has the worst record of ‘negativity’ on The Omani Youth – and that stretches even to The Highly Qualified Omanis – because if he had his own way – and he was given Full Authority – NO OMANI WILL BE EMPLOYED BY HIM! Yet his Sponsors keep promoting him – and look at the other way – because he is bringing in money to the establishment! That is all that mattered here! Nothing less or more!

So please forgive me as I go along here!

I can only relate to things and aspects that I have personally experienced! If The Leadership out there are really interested, they should make someone to READ MY BOOKS – especially The Arab Management ones! They are full of Real True Examples of what is going on! Instead of sending the books as Complimentary Gifts to TOP VIPS – and there is ‘not even a slight humanity or decency’ of saying thanks for the gift – looking at a gift horse in the mouth! Why? Because deep down in their consciences and hearts – they know I am speaking the TRUTH ONLY!

They should actually translate the books – and make it Compulsory Reading – for everyone from a Director upwards in The Public Sector – and CERTAINLY even in its current forms to all The Top Management in The Companies – especially Those GMs and MDS in Oman over the last 25 years – and NOTHING has really changed on the ground – as far as they are concerned!

But then as we Arabs like to say – There is no one so blind but with eyes but cannot see; no one so deaf but with ears but cannot hear; and no one so dumb but with a mouth but cannot speak! Or as The Romans say – Those that the gods want to destroy – they make them not see, hear or speak!

Besides, the very pertinent and important point – even if I am not that right or correct in my views and assertions – or perhaps right in some but wrong in others etc. – His Majesty has personally allowed his citizens to have an Independent Thinking and Outlooks– as long as they are able to express their views and why they think so! As a Loyal Citizen, no one can deny me this Right – even if they had ‘killed’ my columns more on a Technicality rather than anything else!

Live Example One.

I wrote about this example before many times! Here was a young Omani Engineering Graduate Lady who was applying in one of the companies I was working as The Head of HR! She had a Degree in Project Management as her Specialisation – and from our own University in SQU. She was applying for a job as a ‘Secretary’ in one of the jobs that we were advertising! That is the point I want to make here. Usually these things are done by Recruitment – and though I had just taken over from an Indian guy – she too Indian was ‘running the show’ behind scenes – which I soon put an end to! You as The Omani HR Head MUST BE INTERESTED FIRST!

She was trying to arrange for a Trade Test in Secretary for The Applicants. I told her – I want to see this girl first! Why as an Engineer she is applying for a Secretarial Job? Typical of their lots she cracked jokes that maybe I was interested because she was pretty – or I know the family as she came from Nizwa? Near Manaa – where many Al Suleimanys came from! She was not Al Suleimany anyway!

When she came – I asked her point blank! Are you serious to apply for this job – yet an Engineering graduate? Shame! What she told me shook me to my very foundations – and I can assure you that I am largely built too! She told me – Her Professors had told her it will be easy to get a good Engineering job – even if she was a woman – because of her specialization! Yet she went to all The Construction and Project Offices companies – and they offered her only Admin, Clerical and Secretarial jobs. All these companies were Indian GMs Managed! One had even the audacity to want her syllabus of the University to see what ‘they teach’! These are the same companies that get always LARGE CONSTRUCTION JOBS from the Government – but taking a qualified educated Omani lady was an issue – because they wanted these jobs for their own home lots – unless there were isolated pressures now and then – and mainly from the outside!

I talked to my MD (Nice American Person) and we took her in Inventory Logistics as a Trainee – the nearest thing that was near Engineering! The point I am making here is ‘people need to be interested and to get involved’ – rather than ‘not wanting to rock the boat’ – or ‘wanting to look nice and good’ to especially ‘foreigners’ – he is our boy! Or girl!

The second incident is nearer home with the same outlooks. My daughter who had an Engineering Degree in Electronics and Electrical – and this time in UK!! Only The MOG companies are ‘more serious’ than the rest! In some of the Company Websites – the First Question is – Sex? Not the Indian joke one of 3 times a week? But real gender! If you reply Female – an Automatic Reply come up – Sorry! These jobs are only for Male Candidates – even The Project Jobs!

It is so easy to live in a fanciful world. By repeating lies over and over again, in the end people start to believe that ‘it is our Education System’ that is at fault! I would agree to a certain extent maybe there should be more emphasis on work attitudes, ethics and focuses – but blaming the Education System goes well to ‘satisfy the Mafias – mainly Indian led – with due apologies here – and certainly The Old Guards who want NO CHANGES – or Rocking The Boat!

I would recommend moving all those Expatriates in Top Positions who have been there for the last 20 years plus and bring in New Blood – if there are no Omani takers! But certainly MORE RISK TAKING of putting Omani ‘that care and feel for their own’ – and are also similarly inclined For More Risk Taking of their subordinate Omanis – and VALUE AND ESTEEM their own more – rather than putting candidates of ‘Our own Boys’ and Girls’ who will do our bidding – or do as we tell them to do!

Also it is High Time to stop all these advertisements in especially English Newspapers of Visitors looking for a job – and a Special Division be created that sends such Applicants back home for such visits under ‘guise of Tourism’ when actually they are coming here for jobs – and silly games being played to deny our own jobs because of such temporary filling of jobs by these lots!

I know I am burning my bridges behind me – and building more enemies at the same time! But no one can do these things except ourselves only! Please REMEMBER His Majesty is sick person – and we should not trouble him by these things that we can do ourselves as a start!

With sincere genuine apologies!

Majid Al Suleimany

Majid bin Said bin Nasser bin Zahor bin Salim bin Masoud bin Ali Al Suleimany

Manah – Nizwa & Hayll Al Ghaff – Quriyat.

** Especially The English Press and Media!

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Demonstrations! We do not need these things!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Them In! Jobs For Omanis – First and Foremost! Why? Reply

At My Workplace!

 Welcome Them In!

This article is mainly addressed to the expatriate workforce in the Offices – and it could also apply to a few ‘die-hards old guards’ from the Omani side too – so here goes!

Images  – Omani Technicians   – Omani Youth Demonstrators Sohar

We all need more tolerance, patience, forbearance – pragmatism and understanding between all sides and all parts and sides for this worthy cause in young Omani recruitment and in Omanisation to succeed – especially now with many more young Omanis entering the market – possibly many of them seen as with lesser or no experiences – and possibly also some may even feel ‘as lesser qualified’ for the jobs at hand!

Jobs For Omanis First and Foremost! Why?

Another Youth Demonstration – including Women too!

Let us go on this hypothetical and imaginary ride and route for a change. There is life and a lot of oil, gold and other resources available in Mars. It is now 2020 – and Branson has made it all easy for all to travel in space. You are asked to form a Company that will take you there and establish your own operations there. Let us say the Mars Government has given you the Big Contract to tap in these resources – but one of the conditions and stipulations are that you have to give jobs and jobs opportunities to the Martians – many that are poor and unemployed – and give them also an opportunity also to be responsible for their own future, fate, destiny and prospects. You know that you will mint a lot of money there – do you go – or refuse and put your foot down to say that you will not employ any Martians – because this is your Company – and you call the shots?

It is only for their future, destiny and legacy!

The same logic and principle would apply if I as an Omani were to open a Company in India, Pakistan, Philippines, UK, Europe, USA etc – so why should it be different for you as an Expatriate to understand and appreciate that this also applies here?. If you are an Omani, I would consider that the stakes and responsibilities are even higher as part of your citizenry and social responsibilities – not the same or lesser! Anyway, as part of many Companies nowadays (including NGOs – Non-Governmental Organisations) worldwide adhere to the same focus, outlook and principle – and forms as part of the CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility – Mission and Vision Statements of many of such companies and corporations worldwide..

In all my career life as a Human Resources Professional, there is nothing that has hurt and pained me more than the negative perception and stereotyping that goes all the time about Omani employees. One such perception among especially Expatriate Managers is that the Omanis are lazy and not capable. Admittedly there are bad eggs (fish) in each basket – but this too applies back home. I must stress here that not all of the expatriate managers are to blame. Some Omani managers also want to act ‘foreign’ to their own. Most of them expatriates are impartial and indifferent. But there is this tiny section that still today has a low opinion about local recruits. Though they are few in numbers, the damage they cause is tremendous!

This also applies to the Omani employee as well.

As part of the workforce – there is a great need to reciprocate to be  more tolerant, understanding, patient and prove their capabilities, competencies, talents – and also to understand the other point of view, outlook and priorities – that are usually different from their own. Many of them just switch off instead of addressing a problem or a strained relationship and interface with the expatriate manager mainly – and this only makes matters worse.

When one such expat manager leaves, he passes on the negative steretype message to his successor and others ‘prepared to listen’ that those locals are difficult to handle and deal with. Those who actually work hard (and are dedicated, loyal and committed) suffer most because of this perception. Many Omanis given the respect, esteem, chance and opportunity have excelled themselves – and proved themselves.

In my job aspects, I have seen live examples of Omani Staff ‘written off’ (or not that good or high potential or future prospects) as not being capable and competent – and lack the right attitudes and approaches – and ethics and professionalism – and the same people are today General Managers, Senior Managers and Directors in other Companies – or even the same Company when the ‘Good Managers’ willing to listen and give a break in chance and opportunity have come in. So what had gone wrong before and now has gone different? Could also be with the new boss – who threw them at the deep end and they had to learn to swim fast! Some of the others who went Public would now be called first by their titles – faced by the same crowd that had looked down on them before. That is the twists and ironies of life!

We must also not ignore the new worldwide and global trend, arena and ‘developments’ in that the current generation is very impatient, intolerant, want results fast, and can be easily rebellious.  As also proved correct by our ‘own recent events’ too!

When both these generations – expatriate and local – meet and collide vis-à-vis – the end resultant is just more combustible explosive outcome results.  The same can be said vis-à-vis younger and older generations – let them be between even locals for that matter.

The jobs of Human Resources Professionals have never been easier as the days go by – in addition he or she is expected to be ‘The Corporate Conscience Keeper’ and the vanguard of CSR – in addition to not just do his own job aspects within the company and staff handling – but also outside – including customers, clients, The Governmental parties and Society as a whole – and to ensure ‘The corporate fabric’ is not torn up – or the Company is allowed to suffocate from inside.

By profession, I have authored five books and two of them are in Management – Psychology of Arab Management Thinking and A Cry For Help! I invite you to read more of today’s topic in these books – more details you can find in my website www.majidbooks.com

We all need more tolerance, patience, forbearance – and understanding between all sides and all parts and sides for this worthy cause in Omanisation. We all need to be and do our very best in the real sense of the word.

Take Care!

By:

Majid Al Suleimany