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Work from home; the simplest way to occupy yourself and get the job done while you are stuck during lockdown:

It is exactly on this day in the month of April I received a call from my boss, “Hi Shippey, need you to work on some stuff while at home, can?”.

I responded, “Yes can, why not.” It has been three months since that day. I have learned few things while working from home.

Have a morning routine
I am someone who already has a morning routine of waking up at 5.30am, so that makes easier to start my day. From day one, I decided even if do not have any work I will wake up, get dressed and sit in the chair with a coffee to start my day.

Have a free dedicated space to work
At first I had a small table but it caused back pain since it was set low. So I got a proper table and chair for myself. I kept this place as neat as I could, same as my office desk; Space for a note book, coffee mug, pen, phone and that’s it.

Have scheduled working hours
I start each day by looking at my task list. Having a schedule for work hours saves my time, I had a clear idea of when I will be available for my team members’/managers’ questions and queries. This allowed me to have a balanced work and personal life and made me productive. I was able to finish my tasks, do online trainings and workout as well.

Schedule your break
When I am at the resort, I normally take a 30-minute coffee break in the morning and an hour for lunch break in the afternoon. I tried to maintain this routine even at home. The breaks uplift me and give me energy and I was able to manage work stress even in a different work environment.

Follow your calendar
I tried my best to make myself available to scheduled meetings, webinars and calls. Even if I do not have any office calls I find some webinars or training opportunities. This connects my mind with different people and mindsets, helping me to focus. Meanwhile, my learning curve has evolved to its best in terms of timings.

Have a positive mindset
I set my mind to this statement as if I am in a race to win. I target to close my day by putting a tick on each of my tasks. I target to read news daily to see what’s happening outside. I target to stay in touch with family and friends. I target myself to learn something new. This helps me to focus on the positivity and give me extra energy to stay positive and to spread positive energy over phone calls and most importantly to the team members who I meet at my home island.

Have an open communication line
I tried my best to keep my superiors posted on how I am completing my tasks. I do not simply send emails and wait for the response, rather I take my phone and ring the person to repeat the same thing which I mentioned on my email. This helps me to connect myself with people. Meanwhile, I also kept my WhatsApp and email cleared within the day. This motivates me during the day.

Spend time with family
Right after my work I go out to visit my family, have a bike round. This fills me with happiness of staying at home with loved ones. Even if I have unfinished work I feel like, “Yes, the day was productive”. I tried my best to keep the social distancing and follow the guidelines, knowing that soon when I am back to my real work place I have to follow certain rules.

Revisit your day before bed
Have 20 to 30 minutes before you sleep to review and revisit your day. This helps me to prioritise my tasks for tomorrow. This will give the happiness of “Yes, the day was productive” once again. Working from home is entirely new to me but I managed to complete my work and attend to some urgent tasks which I planned to finish after COVID-19, before returning to my office.

Working from home saves time and helps in managing time well. Working from home kept me connected to family, loved ones and let the day flow. Working from home helps to occupy yourself and organise yourself to be better as well. For sure when I return back to work, I will have so much to take and practice from this time.

About the Author:


Hassan Shifaau (Shippe);
Is Manager of People & Culture at Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas. he is a keen learner who believes in success through hard work. Able to work independently and as a team under pressure to achieve goals. He writes his experience and share his thoughts on many platforms. This article was originally posted on his linkdin page.

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HR Perspective Conversations by MAHRP, Solah Mohamed, General Manager, Komandoo Island Resort

HR Perspective Events by MAHRP is a series of conversation hosted in partnership various Industry Leaders and Professionals.

Our objective through these sessions is to cover key aspects of human capital spectrums, generate conversations that inspire youths to take on various responsibility and overall help them to lead a better future through various learning sessions.

Second Segment Speaker is Mohamed – General Manager, Komandoo Island Resort. He shared below Tips:

  • You have to start somewhere to get going; For school leavers, do not wait, do something, whether its an apprenticeship program or online learning
  • You need to develop a mindset with the right attitude regardless of the circumstances.
  • Every new position will require a new version of you; You must be ready so get those opportunities; When the opportunities arise, you do not have the time to prepare. Now is the time!.
  • Do not give up! things will come and it will bring you down; however, take your time and take the lead.
  • Don’t be the victim of the challenges that life brings to you; Rather stand up for it!

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HR Perspective Conversations by MAHRP, Ibrahim Inaz – CEO, Jobsicle

HR Perspective Events by MAHRP is a series of conversation hosted in partnership various Industry Leaders and Professionals.
Our objective through these sessions is to cover key aspects of human capital spectrums, generate conversations that inspire youths to take on various responsibility and overall help them to lead a better future through various learning sessions.

Our first segment Speaker was Inaz – CEO of Jobsicle and former Resort Manager of SAii Lagoon. He spoke about key areas such as employability skills and what one can do to build their career.

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MAHRP OPENS REGISTRATION FOR MALDIVES FIRST VIRTUAL LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has opened registration for the first ever virtual learning and development conference in Maldives.

Set to take place on July 11 and 12, the virtual learning and development conference will be themed as, “Creating a Value-Driven Learning Culture”. It will feature speakers from the Maldives, India, Trinidad and Tobago and Singapore.

MAHRP hosted the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives last year. It focused on finding smart, creative strategies and techniques to meet the current demand and needs of learning and development, to address today’s challenges and to handle the future workforce.

“This was supposed to be the second MAHRP L&D Conference, but due to the current situation we have decided to make it a 100 per cent virtual event, where expert speakers will deliver keynotes, case studies and panel discussions specifically focusing on HR Leadership and Challenges in creating a learning culture,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

“This will be an event free of charge, and a golden opportunity for all L&D professionals and industry members.”

Since the coronavirus lockdown, MAHRP has conducted eight virtual learning experiences covering topics ranging from HR challenges in force majeure, emotional intelligence, workplace wellness and mental wellbeing, post-pandemic HR leadership requirements, and techniques to follow and engage teams when working from home.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development.

The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events.

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MAHRP signed an MoU to become endorsing partner of The My Entry to Hospitality Programme by Jobsicle.

Maldives Association of Human Resources Professionals (MAHRP) has signed an MoU to become endorsing partner of The My Entry to Hospitality programme by Jobsicle. With this MoU, MAHRP will actively promote virtual training programme to attract Maldivian Youth to Tourism Industry. Moreover, Jobsicle will get opportunity to use MAHRP virtual studio setup to conduct classes in Male’.

Online skills matching startup Jobsicle is a free virtual training programme for those interested in a career in the Maldives lucrative tourism industry. The programme consists of 22 modules that will be facilitated by 21 professionals from across the Maldives.

The programme is engineered with an interactive questionnaire to test the understanding levels of the participants at the end of each module.

Screen view timings will be tracked to ensure participants meet the attendance requirements for the completion of the programme.

Participants that successfully complete the three-month programme will be awarded an industry-recognised certification.

“Jobsicle is working as a supportive platform for all employees and employers of all the industries including the tourism sector,” a statement read.

“As part of its vision to develop support service, Jobsicle has reached key available industry stakeholders, NGOs, GMs, and Facilitators to build a training programme that is free, convenient, and user friendly for those who seek their entry to Maldives tourism sector.”

Jobsicle is accepting applications from individuals as well as institutions — resorts, hotels, guesthouses and companies — for the first batch (limited seats). Interested parties can enrol via the Jobsicle website.

“… depending on the demand, we aim to conduct more sessions to assist Maldivians for build their career at Maldives tourism industry,” the statement read.

The Maldives’ tourism industry has greatly expanded over the past 47 years, becoming the country’s main economic activity and the biggest employer.

Over the past few years, dozens of uninhabited islands have been leased to local and foreign resort developers. Several international brands have entered into the market, increasing the number of resorts to 150 plus. That number is set to increase in the coming years.

Along with the new resort openings come the challenge of increasing demand from budget travellers who choose guesthouses over luxury resorts that the Maldives is known for. The guesthouse sector has rapidly expanded with over 450 guesthouses in operation today.

With the expansion comes the need to train locals for a range of new jobs that are expected to open up.

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Message from MAHRP

Dear All MAHRP Members and HR Professionals within our network!

Greetings from MAHRP EXCO!

We hope everyone is doing well and in good spirit. At this moment of time what we are going through is something that many of us have not experienced or seen in recent history. The last time the world has seen a pandemic was in 1918. COVID-19 is bringing new challenges which will last for months and in some cases for years.

As HR professionals, it is absolutely important to stay strong and lead the teams that we manage. This won’t be an easy task. To get through this pandemic from all aspects we need a different level of thinking and mindset. In this special message to all MAHRP Members we would like to share few tips on what that mindset is all about:

1. Be Energetic; Your colleagues are looking at you for answers and you are their hope. Therefore come to work with energy and enthusiasm. We will get through this.
2. Be Transparent; Keep your team informed about various measures you will be taking from financial stress and business continuity plan, Make sure your team gets it from you or your team directly before they hear it from a newspaper or an internal memo shared by someone else.
3. Encourage and Remind: Encourage your teams to stay alert and be aware of the information shared by the local authorities and national level preventive measures. Reminder your Team to follow those instructions diligently.
4. Be Available: Your team may ask the same question from you over and over again. Or different colleagues may ask the same question. During this time your team needs you more than ever. Be available for them at all times and be compassionate in your response.
5. Be The HOPE: There is a lot of uncertainty around the spread of COVID-19 and its direct impact on all types of businesses. HR Professionals can lead by being the hope for everyone and encouraging them to stay on course. There is no doubt times ahead will be tough. However, if we persevere we will get through this.

MAHRP EXCO and Team wishes you well, stay strong, lead and be the hope of everyone in your team and organisation.

We will get through this and come out even stronger.

Sincerely always
Afeef
President – MAHRP

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MAHRP postpones National HR Convention over coronavirus fears

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has postponed the National HR Convention and EXPO 2020 due to the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

In a statement, MAHRP said on Friday that the convention, initially set to be held from March 14-15 at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male, had been postponed due to the impact and high risks involved in hosting a mass gathering of 300 HR professionals and international speakers. The decision was taken after a careful review with Health Protection Agency (HPA), it added.

MAHRP stressed that the event had been rescheduled to July 6-7.

“We have received several registrations and each one of them will be updated with this change, for those who have already paid, we will be contacting you with various options. MAHRP assures you that July 2020 Convention will even be better with a world class set of speakers and experts,” the statement read.

“We apologise for any inconveniences this may cause to you. It was a very difficult decision and we made it for the best interest of our HR professionals, participants and the entire nation.”

The second National HR Convention and EXPO is themed under, “Transformation and Culture – Future of Human Capital”. All keynotes and sessions will focus on sub-themes: People Transformation and Culture, Talent Development and Retention, HR Tech and Agility, Wellness at Workplace, and Leadership and Human Capital Strategy.

The event will witness the attendance of world-renowned keynote speakers, as well as local experts and speakers covering industry best practices and new trends in HR strategies. They will also share stories of transformational experiences within the world of human capital development.

In addition to the learning opportunities from world-class speakers, the National HR Convention and EXPO will showcase products, services and solutions with a specific focus on HR and related technologies from service providers.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development. The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

In addition to the National HR Convention and EXPO 2020, MAHRP’s line-up of events for 2020 includes the second Learning and Development Conference in July, as well as sessions with world-renowned speakers such as Marshall Goldsmith, Robin Banks and Ron Kaufman. Regular HR best practice share sessions will also be held across the Maldives.

MAHRP will also continue its research partnership with Villa College and hospitality sector awareness programme with Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI).

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MAHRP Signs MOU with Public Service Media (PSM)

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Public Service Media (PSM) to become media partner for various MAHRP events. “This agreement is valid for one year period effective February 2020 till January 2021, under this agreement PSM will play a vital role to disseminate information about very much needed for general public, especially those who manage human capital” said President Hussain Afeef. Under the MoU, Public Service Media company will get opportunity to tap various resources of MAHRP to enhance its human capital management system, and actively participate various MAHRP events.


The major events like National HR Conference and Expo, Learning and Development Conference, and thought leader progammes will advertised through this MoU. The 2nd edition of National HR Conference and Expo is a unique and innovative event designed to engage, challenge, develop and inspire business leaders and HR personalities in the Maldives. World-renowned experts as well as local experts are expected to share their ideas, opinions and insights, as facilitators during the event. It also serves as a complimentary business-networking event catered to senior-level professionals and HR professionals that will help organizations to make their choices that will drive business forward through successful HR management.

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MARP held session on Income Tax for HR Professionals

MARP kickoff year 2020 by holding The Great HR Best Practice Share Session. MAHRP in association within with Farish & Co together with Maldives Inland Revenue Athority (MIRA) has conducted focused session on “Income Tax Matters and the Role of HR and Administration Teams” targeted to human resource professionals and payroll managers. Over 140 people took part in the session.

Ali Faris Mohamed was the main presenter in the session. He is the Founder and managing partner of Faris & Co, a registered audit and tax consultancy firm in the Maldives. He is a fully qualified member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a Level 2 Candidate of the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Program. He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from International Islamic University of Malaysia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Admin (Accounting) from Lewis-Clark State College, USA.

He is an experienced auditor registered with Auditor General’s Office, and a category 1 licensed tax agent at Maldives Inland Revenue Authority. He has several years of experience in the field of auditing, bookkeeping, tax consultancy and serves a diverse portfolio of clients from multinational companies to high net worth individuals and businesses in the Maldives.

Very prominent team from MIRA joined in the discussion after Farish’s presentation. MIRA Team includes;

Yoosuf Shiraz
Technical Director

Mohamed Siraj Muneer
Assistant Commissioner General, Revenue Operation

Moosa Haleem
Director General, Corporate Business

Mohamed Ali Waheed
Director General, Technical and Facilitation

MIRA team gave detailed information about the regulations, attended some of the question posed by the participants.  The seesion was held at Faculty of Education Auditorium. Parliament passed the income tax bill after much debate. The bill was passed in the Parliamentary session 4th December 2019 and was supported by 67 MPs. Imposing income tax is a promise of the current administration. It is also a source of income noted in the proposed state budget of 2020.

The brackets for the taxes are

  • 0 – MVR 60,000
  • MVR 60,000 – MVR 100,000: 5.5 percent
  • MVR 100,000 – MVR 150,000: 8 percent
  • MVR 150,000 – MVR 200,000: 12 percent
  • MVR 200,000 and above: 15 percent

Income act came to effect on January 1, 2020, and will be collected from April 1, 2020, onwards.

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MAHRP opens registration for second National HR Convention

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has opened registration for the second National HR Convention and EXPO.

Set to take place from March 14-15 at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male, the National HR Convention and EXPO 2020 is themed under, “Transformation and Culture – Future of Human Capital”. All keynotes and sessions will focus on sub-themes: People Transformation and Culture, Talent Development and Retention, HR Tech and Agility, Wellness at Workplace, and Leadership and Human Capital Strategy.

The event will witness the attendance of 14 world-renowned keynote speakers, as well as 20 local experts and speakers covering industry best practices and new trends in HR strategies. They will also share stories of transformational experiences within the world of human capital development.

Some of the confirmed international keynote speakers include:

  • Andrew Bryant – Global keynote speaker and executive coach on self-leadership
  • Karen Leong – Transformational keynote speaker
  • Kenneth Kwan – Leadership speaker, author and high performance strategist
  • Sara Ballinger – Managing Partner at Crew Glue and The Daisy Gray Partnership.

They will be joined by several experts from a wide range of local industries and sectors. The speakers representing the local industries include:

  • Adam Naseer – Director, Corporate Affairs at the Auditor General’s Office
  • Mohamed Ashraf – Head of Talent Development at Bank of Maldives
  • Ibrahim Inaz – Resort Manager of SAii Lagoon
  • Ahmed Ibrahim – Deputy Head of HR at Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL)
  • Mariyam Shifana – Dean at Clique College
  • Cherry Cruz – Area Manager of Talent and Culture at Accor Maldives

In addition to the learning opportunities from world-class speakers, the National HR Convention and EXPO will showcase products, services and solutions with a specific focus on HR and related technologies from at least 14 service providers.

“We were overwhelmed by the support we received from our community for the 2019 convention,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef”.

“We have taken a good note of all the things we should be doing for the 2020 convention. We can assure you that MAHRP will bring the best HR conference to Maldives with world-class speakers, topics and best practices at a very reasonable price. This is an event you do not want to miss in 2020; at many levels you will achieve professional and personal connections that can guide you during the year. We recommend all HR professionals to register soon for this conference.”

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development. The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

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