On-demand HR platform One Circle to launch in 2019

One Circle Founder Emma El-Karout.
Updated 24 June 2019
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On-demand HR platform One Circle to launch in 2019

Small business plays a critical role in economic growth. Most governments look to small businesses for job creation, creativity incubation and deployment, and the spurring of economic development.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported that over 95 percent of enterprises globally are SMEs, accounting for between 60 to 70 percent of the working population and contributing as much as 60 percent to the GDP.

However, those same small businesses typically struggle to survive beyond the four to five-year mark from date of setup, for various reasons. Improving the performance of SMEs in a cost-responsible manner should therefore be a priority.

When a startup is busy bootstrapping, they should not neglect building the right business culture from the beginning. Doing so can help them stay competitive on the HR front. 

In order to hit the ground running earlier than the competition, HR talent needs to be on-demand without having to build up an internal HR department.

On-demand HR can help move from one priority to the next in a flexible way. This on-demand HR specialists’ talent can help a small business grow into a more established second-stage business and can help a startup or SME scale up in many smart ways, while staying lean.

Emma El-Karout, a Johannesburg-based future work innovator, has founded One Circle, an online HR collaboration platform scheduled to launch in 2019.

One Circle is a smart collaboration workspace where businesses hire HR consultants on-demand over a technology-enabled ecosystem. Completely virtual, the platform gives access to quality HR consultants from around the world and across the employee lifecycle to advise, plan and execute on projects, when needed.

Born and raised in Lebanon, El-Karout intends to launch One Circle as a means to combat two major societal issues in South Africa — being unemployed, and the retention of experienced workers in the economy post-retirement.

People from all around the world are attracted to flexible work. Working from home has shown to increase productivity due to increased focus and simply actually working more, instead of navigating congested traffic to get to the office.

Niche collaboration platforms, such as One Circle, are becoming the norm for businesses to connect with specialized consultants, virtually and on-demand.


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.