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Added Responsibilities Versus Allowances!

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June 1st 2011

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Added Job Responsibilities  Vis-à-vis Acting Allowances.

When Are Acting Allowances Payable?

There are a lot of controversies of when one is entitled for Acting Allowances. For example your boss can ask you to be assigned additional responsibilities to the current one under your specified job contract and job description. In many cases we have all agreed to be given such additional responsibilities as and when the  Company feels fit – especially when you are in the Supervisory and above grades.  In some countries they call these positions as being ‘Non Union’ grades! As  such even if you are inclined and tempted, you have no other alternative except  to accept!

Such situations can be for a number of reasons – for example during peak business periods or when the company has to expand fast at short notices due to increased business volumes – or simply because a number of staff are sick, have left or and when a vacuum has been created! If one values one’s career and progression, it is best to accept these additional responsibilities – some may even be higher than your current job status and responsibilities.

It will be better to discuss and get agreement with your boss and Management how you will be handling these added responsibilities – especially if no additional  resources and support are forthcoming your way in these pursuits! Declining to  do the additional job and responsibilities may highlight you as not committed  to the establishment – and not a Team Player too!

It may also adversely affect your chances for further promotions and career progression if you do refuse to do so! What you may well ask yourself whether you could claim any financial benefits for these added responsibilities – and it may shock you even to find that in many cases it is not possible to get direct financial  awards – but more likely in non-financial benefits and awards – or perhaps lead  a bigger annual bonus than otherwise.

However, for some levels of staff there could be direct financial rewards – and these are usually at below or at foreman level – depending from company to company – and as per their Company Policies and Procedures Manuals or Guides.

In my work experiences in Human Resources, I have found that such Acting Allowances in general are being paid as follows:-
The Acting period must not be less than two weeks in one continuous stretch.

  • Maximum period in many cases is three months continuous period as the norm.
  • In some companies it may stretch to even six months.
  • The rates also vary from company to company.
  • The Omani Labour Laws are being changed – but a rate is given currently for job rates and types of jobs.
  • Your Human Resources Department must show you the current rates as per existing laws.
  • Such Allowances are normally paid with your current salaries dates.

A personal advice is to get it in writing what your additional responsibilities are going to be – and your agreement and input on your part is – without having to say it – is essential for the successful completion of the additional tasks and responsibilities being assigned to you.

Live Example

I had to handle a case when one Omani Staff was acting for a position for more than 9 months. The Company Policies stated the maximum period was only for three months – and in the Omani Labour laws is the same period classified as ‘probation period’ in a new job. Here the Company was more at fault than the Staff who was now refusing to continue to act for the job if no financial benefits were
forthcoming to him.

If you have any queries or questions of any sort feel free to send me at or 

By Majid Al Suleimany

May 20th 2011

The Schemers and The Plotters! Reply

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The Schemers and The Plotters!

For The Schemers, The Plotters, The Conspirators, The Connivers, The Old Guards, The Renegades, The Rogue Elements and The ‘Mafias’ – Time Is All Just Up Now! Change Now!

I was reading this letter sent in by can you imagine a well-intentioned sincere Western Expatriate to a local magazine (The Week) – and it really touched me that here was a really caring and feeling expatriate – who perhaps may even care more for the country than us some so-called citizens even! He was talking of bottlenecks – and where there was the greatest ‘challengers for change’ was in the middle levels and echelons – and these are the usual peoples that are supposed to implement the changes in society – but whether intentionally, by default and or inadvertently do not cause change to happen. He cautioned that this had lead and would lead to greater problems to the country. I salute you Mr. RR for being so bold and courageous – and coming forward to say your bit! We need more people like you in our country – who have seen a good thing going here – and want it to be protected – to let it grow and be nurtured too!

There are a lot of people in this country – and some even in positions of management, leadership and frontline positions and responsibilities that have still not realised that change has come – and they need to change too – reform and adopt but they still go on unimpeded as nothing has happened – and to their usual tricks, games and ploys. They are smart enough to cover their tracks by trying to use formality – delays and inadequacies and lack of talents and competencies as their main ruse and excuse. Seeing mountains from molehills and exaggerations of the worst kind too!

There is nothing like ‘rogue elements’ that work in the system – pretending to go along and be part and parcel of the system and change – whilst all the time plotting and scheming inside covered and well protected to work against all from the inside.

They may even throw in grand words, encouragement and compliments – but the reality and true actions and intentions betray them! Just like the traitor who wears the army uniform – and giving all the secrets to the facing enemy! Or a set-up force to fight drugs, money-laundering, other fraudulent crimes – whilst they are part and parcel of the opposing force and the system – or lend support and assistance from inside hidden and incognito! I have always warned and cautioned in all my books about such characters and personalities as the people who can do most harm, damages and calamities all around!

I do not personally believe in witch-hunting and head-hunts – but I think now the time for continuing to be docile, nice and pleasant are now all over – and time for exposures and putting a quick and rapid end to such schemes and plots – because of the damages already done and continued to be done!

It is a sickness and disease – and has to be taken out – before the whole body becomes more diseased and damaged!

JFK Kennedy had also said – You cannot fool all the people all the time!

Prince Talal (brother of late King Hussein of Jordan) in an interview with Sir Robert Frost on March 12 2011 said – We all have to put our words in action – and everyone is responsible for one’s own actions (and inactions). He added – There is a vacuum of hope now in the young 19 to 35 (in the Arab world) and many of them unemployed.

 There is also – The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing – by Edmund Burke.

 Also similar – The world is a dangerous place not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who do not do anything about it – by Albert Einstein.

And from Thomas Jefferson ex USA President – All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is people of good conscience to remain silent.

And then from Ghandi – It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings. And also – In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. And finally – You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty; the ocean does not become dirty!

 Silence is a war crime – Arab Protestor placard.

We need to take proper action now before it is too late for everyone – and we allow such people to sink us all! Such people at whatever levels should be exposed and be removed – now! Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

June 3rd 2011