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Three Soaring Hints for My 1000+ Previous Employer

18 Jan

I worked at a forestry, pulp and paper Company back in Kalimantan for the past two years, well; almost two years as a recruiter. It has taught me many lessons. So, I think this is the payback.

The Company has 1000+ employees and counting. They have the SAP system in place for accounting and payroll and several others that I dont know. SAP is not adapted by the recruiter for an obvious reason, the excel sheet I built was more effective and less time-consuming for our processes. The team I built was more adaptable to the politics and company’s culture.

Here are a couple suggestions to all of HR members:

1. Candor Communication

The Company is living in a delusion of Industrial era, where top-down bureaucracies are in place, layer after layer slow down the execution. Information does not flow freely, it is as if employees will be intoxicated by managerial decision’s exposure. They will only be informed when it comes to their line to execute, so no one actually is fully informed where this Company is heading and their contribution to the bottom line. Even if there is a full line of managerial policy, all came from mere rumor and gossip.

As a recruiter, I think it is the best if our team has the manpower planning for the whole year, how many acres we are going to open, how many heavy equipment are about to be bought, thus we can calculate the need of surveyors, planters, operators, mechanics, supervisors, etc,. Thus, we do not have to go back and forth to their line manager just to clarify their Human Capital Requisition Form in which I think redundant if the Manpower Planning already exists.

Another point to be communicated is a standardized SOP. In my line there is no clear standard of hiring processes, or human capital request processes, those were established about a year ago and laid abandoned by the manager. Two candidates from the same city with the same access for internet and phone can accept two different screening processes. Some HCRF needs a clear and signed organizational structure while another does not. Every one in the HR needs to understand the standard and its reason, or other department will demean our process once and for all.

2. Expect Progress

Our HR is not living in a linear world, where surprises is always good, We are used to expect an unpleasant updates, such a push on hiring this manager (without apparent reason), or a request to take care of a manager’s claims (without complete documents). However, time to time it was always like fire fighting. No one is taking a step back and build their capability to execute faster, better, more organized, and more responsible. So, please look at a bigger picture, take down unnecessary bureaucracies, thank me later.

Some bureaucracies are needed, and technologies are available to manage and execute them better. The Company (or the managers) are too rigid and hesitant to take risks to adapt some of the technological development available in the market. the only harm is not to change.

3. Remunerate Properly

As mentioned before, there is no single standard policy including remuneration process. There are considerations on education, experience, job description and environment, and standard on previous employees, but… a Master’s Degree holder is paid less than a Non-Finished Undergraduate Degree. In my assumption, they are not taking an interest in keeping their best talents seriously, best politically correct decision? Yes, keeping best talents? No.

My suggestion, do your best to make a standardize remuneration policy, a less red-taped one. Take into consideration the differences between experience and seniority, please read more about that. I understand hiring process can be confusing, one candidate with silver tongue can beat an experienced one. A manager with previous bad experience of hiring a rich kid can overgeneralize his decision towards others talented rich kid.


4. Have Fun!

This may be counter intuitive, but once fun in place, once you have created a safe haven for people to be happy, you are looking at employees who are about to perform their best, willing to stay over night for a work, promoting your Company to other candidates (so recruiter has an easier job to attract best talents), and of course making sure that Company’s business is making profit.

This posting may or may not be read by them, but I hope this can be a learning curve to other organizational and industrial psychologist practitioners out there, in whatever role you are. Keep moving forward to get your ass to that board meeting room.


The Questions #2

10 Oct

So how was yesterday, how did you show your love? How did you encourage others? What did you remember about yesterday?

Maybe you start asking why do we really have to ask those question to ourselves. Life is just too short not to show the first question on our list. Many people have regretted their last meeting to the people they love simply because of that. I understand that we are only human, we make mistakes, we are over our limit, we are raging sometimes. However, please remember that we love those people and we simply do not know everything they are thinking.

As we love people, we want them to do more good than harm to ourselves and others. Admit it, nobody wants to be the real bad guy, the motives are always lie behind economical –> family. Not to forget there is some personal glory, but hey do you want to be remember as a dad that sold drugs? Do you want to be remembered as a friend that lurk other to the dark valley? Do you want to be on the newspaper with your hand cuffed and head down? As we do more encouragement to others to do good, we actually remind ourselves to do the same.

I have read once that good memories are created. We plan for it, it doesn’t just happened like that. Simply do our part. I was planning my weekend with my girlfriend about a year ago. She took an effort to create a good memory by cooking at the house, I remember the food, I remember the warmth feeling at that moment, and I love her for her creativity. Remember, it only take us a short moments of our life to do the planning, to think of something different, to create memories. Try and see the effect on others.

OK, here is the second batch:

1. What do I appreciate about my life this morning?

2. What can I do to give some hope to others today?

3. How can I learn from others today?


Proud to work now!

30 Aug

My boss is not here for a moment… shhtt!!! Hhaha, I’ve done my flowchart anyway. Arrghh… haven’t set any meeting with JTK (Jabatan Tenaga Kerja) and JIM (Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia) for next week!!! Couldn’t get through their phone.. hufthh… Still waiting for Franco from his meeting, maybe on Tuesday. OK, confirmed.

Working in a big multinational company feels different. I used to work at small comnpanies, or subsidiary of a local company before. The challenges are different. This time my boss won’t let me fall asleep bored of the day, she keeps pushing instead, follow ups are at least twice a day.

Furthermore, I’m proud to be here. First job is to make a proposal reducing our working hours, done and cleared. The presentation should be around next month. Another one is to help her to recruit Indonesian as elevator installer, as the pool is smaller here [Indonesia has more than 250 Mill of people, of course we have a bigger pool, doesn’t mean a better one though].

It is the challenges, the push from my boss [straight reporting to Director], and of course the money that lured me further in, strengthen my committment to ensure I gain my knowledge, skill, and attitude capital. This boss from the beginning stated that I’m not here to be a clerk, entrying data, but to push myself further through challenging works.

People say we live in dualism, we need to see poor to claim what rich is, need to understand pain to appreciate pleasure, and need to experience evil to comprehend angel. Lemme tell you, the previous working experience, working 11 hours per day – 6 days a week was totally hell. As soon as my director said during interview that the working hour is about 9 hours per day, I felt relieve. Crunching my brain for 9 days, sitting in front of computer, talk to people, not a big deal. The problem is, there’s no such thing for your brain to get a long break.. “keep asking ‘what’s next’ to get this work done” is my boss’ punch line.

It’s like a pathlight now.. The paved way is visible, the direction is clear, but what are laid ahead.. mystery or miracle.. are within the unknown. Oh what the heck.. There is no use to worry too much about the future as the fear of something is always worse than the thing itself.. Those who failed to plan, plan to fail… Stay focus on necessary action.. and leave the world better than we found it.

Ciao…. 😀



13 Apr

Tonight I heard a comment from my girlfriend in the middle of our conversation that “I’m not matured yet”. My mind suddenly uttered something that I didn’t really think before with “It’s our decision to make, not time…just like praying or fasting, we may not like to do it, indeed we decide to do it”. To be honest, it was not the first time I heard such saying “I’m not matured yet”, “I want to enjoy my young age”, “This is my time to have fun”.

What I’m saying is there is nothing wrong with having fun, I encourage it to be involved in whatever we are doing instead. The problem occurs when “fun” becomes the end, and we attached to it. We are all responsible for whatever we are doing, even to the deepest level of thinking. What we enjoy as fun, could be a suffering for someone else, as what usually lame joke does and could be a problematic end to ourselves indeed.

Then what maturity is? Personally for me, it is not just to do more right things, it is the bravery and honesty to admit that many times we are being wrong and not to fall to the same pit twice. Matured parents are able to admit that their kids might have better information about things, matured couple are able to see relationship matters clearly without the feeling of unfair judgements, matured teachers are able to improve their teaching skills by letting students surprise them with what they got. Being wrong has no feeling, realizing that we were wrong has, and it takes maturity to get through that feeling with a winner mentality and see the problem as pure as it is.

Some of you might think that this has something to do with Grand Unified Theory of physics. Yes, you are correct. We are responsible for our thinking as it might be polluting the waves within our environment. Thus we need to be aware and guard what it is doing time to time. We need to stop and take a step back of our life, analyze, realize, decide to correct the things we have done wrong, and grateful for things we do right. If we feel we are heading to the wrong direction, admit it, and make a strong commitment to correct it, and the world will help. If we feel we are heading to the right direction, ask for more support as the Unmanifested is always in ourselves, listening.

Anxious Flux

10 Apr

It’s been a long time since the last time I wrote in this blog ’bout something useful. I better ask myself what I have been doing for all those invisibility from here:

First: working, is obviously took most of my time. Editing videos, arranging events. Office hours: 9 to 6, yes 9 hours a day, what a workaholic country it is. I am realising the seconds passing by due to the bore! I have to take two hours travel to go to the office, and back. Yes, it is four hours in total. The reason: I have to survive, and I was believing at the promise that they’re going to hire me permanently, in this respective area.

Do I enjoy it? Now? Not really, I am trying to calm myself down day by day. I’m about to leave this job due to the reason that I have to be transferred if I wanted to stay in this company. In which I don’t want to, first: I’m going no where out of Malaysia; second: my value is dying here. When an organisation is pursuing no more than just being number one in the industry and nothing else, sorry guys but my dream is bigger than this.

I’ve been applying for jobs in some places and waiting for the calls for interview. Anxious? Sure there is. The time is getting tighter day by day. Am I happy? I can’t say no. I still have a lot to be grateful about. Now that I have time to write this is one of them.

Second: reading. I am still reading several books. The Power of Now by Eckhart Toole, and Leaders With No Title by Robin Sharma is the second one. I love those books, written beautifully with insights about life. I think it is one of the way for us to guard the garden of our mind, to keep it busy doing the right, even though sometimes boring things. Am I choosy with my reading materials? No, I basically read anything ranging from music to philosophy. Every word, contains wisdom that are too priceless to be left unread. I leave romance behind though. Prince and princess stories are too linear.

Third: playing music. This is obviously one of my best wasted time. I love spending time in front of tutorial videos, adding vocabularies to my playing. Choosing the licks I like, tasting the feeling of songs I love to sing. The feeling of loosing a sense of time out of normal routine. It is just lovely.

Fourth: leisure time, it is inclusive of dating and teaching guitar. Ouh yeah, I really do love the first one. To find someone who we really love and do love us back in probably bigger amount than what we have given into relationship is a bliss. Teaching guitar as sharing my small expertise is an opportunity for me to build a great future through somebody else. I’m passing my personal values along the way.

Those are my excuse, and now I am telling myself: NO MORE EXCUSES! If you want to reach your dream to be an inspiring writer: DO WRITE AHMAD NIQI FAUZAN!

How mad we are…

21 Sep

Every single of us, falls on the spectrum of insanity in which we have a lil bit madness… Some of us are obsessed with drugs, sex, controls, foods, games, relationships, security, you name it. Others are banging their heads on the wall, some other close their eyes on the trance-music and got high just in the snap of fingers.

We all have our own dark side, none of us have the right to say that we are the right human being for other to be followed and inspired of. We put our ‘moral’ mask when we go out of our door to be accepted by our societies, wherever we are. We put the walls around us to avoid being observed by the police of moral that will judge us by our appearance, the way we walk, the way we talk, or even fire that comes trough our eyes, no matter how saturated or vivid it is.

Life is a miracle and a mystery at the same time. You’ll never know what’s inside the head of your loved ones, you can never judge the farmer of yourself until their slaughter you and at that time, it’s already too late to avoid the devastation that happened, name it physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

So maybe this is the time for us to appreciate the silent and stillness, to think peacefully of where we are, where are we going, who are our true friends on the thin and thick, or maybe just to savor the element of silent and stillness that is referred as oasis in this frenetic pace of our world today.

Why Mom (A Monologue)

29 Aug

Can u stop screaming at me Mom! I’m really tired and sick of listening to it. You asked me to keep silent and not to answer and challenge you, but you asked me for answers! You asked me answers of why did I do those things, but you never actually gave me time to speak out my mind! What the hell actually do you want from me?

You want me to be honest? Can’t you remember when there’s a beggar in front of our door and you asked me to tell him that you’re not home? Aint that a lie? I may be young, but I know what consistency means, teachers in my school teach me bout that when God creates gravity. He is consistent! Freaking consistent!

You want me to be respectful to you? Have you ever heard yourself when you scream at me? Do you think you respect me as your son? Have you ever stopped telling me what to do and never let me know why I should listen to you other than just ‘COZ I’M UR MOM, I BROUGHT YOU TO THIS LIFE!’ I hope you can be more creative than that Mom.

You asked me to keep learning, I just really hope that I can tell you proudly what I have learnt outside there, about physics, biology, about how different and rich the world out there. I just want you to appreciate me, but do you realise that you have no time for me but to complain that I kept asking you for your money and you’re so afraid that you will not have more for you to buy your shoe.

Listen Mom, I’m gonna stop there. Thank you for the nine months, thank you for the food you gave me, thank you for all the love you gave me when I was a child, not a teenager like now. Thank you for all the time you kept me at home with warmth and protection.

From now on, let me be myself, I think I like music, I wanna play drum, it looks cool and powerful you know! I think I’m starting to like girls too, don’t worry, I know they can be pregnant, and I know their heart are not made from glass. My friends’ say drugs are fun, but don’t worry, I’ve read all the facts, and you have raised a smart son.

From now on, I’ll be a mature man, knowing that you did your best based on your knowledge and stop whining ‘why mom’.