Tips & Advice

Tips & Advice

  • Ahmed Al Jowder, Chief Finance Officer

    How to handle the high expectations and manage deliverables at the work place in stc?

    Different people at our work place will have different expectations from you. Nevertheless, many of these expectations go way beyond your capabilities and you may start feeling lost. But do not feel so, because it is a great motivation that people have expectations from you which brings with it challenges helping us stretch beyond our capabilities, to the maximum limit.

    What you should realize is that you cannot deliver perfection to everyone’s expectation, it can never happen, but as all entrepreneurs know, you’re made or broken by your ability to set priorities. You must focus on the most important mission critical tasks. There will be times when you will need to break, take a step back and brainstorm on how to tackle the challenges and reorganize priorities, and then share, delegate and ask for help if needed.

  • Layla Janahi, Director – Corporate Social Responsibility

    What are the adjustments that the trainee would be required to do to adapt to stc work culture?

    The below points will give a better understanding of the essential areas that trainees would be required to focus on:-

    - stc needs employees to respond appropriately and efficiently to improve personal adaptability and managing stress.
    - stc needs employees who get along and bring out the best in others.
    - We expect our employees to manage time in the workplace smartly. We do not just rely on getting the work the done on time, but we look forward for deliverables before the specified deadline.
    - We set high expectations for employees to exceed the set targets. We require employees that have the strong urge to go beyond their capacity to deliver.
    - We seek for individuals that have strong reasoning skills to proactively predict problem outcomes and adjust suitably to it.
    - We encourage our employees to be creative and try new ways of doing things, as this could result in improvements and innovation in our existing systems and processes.

  • Hisham Badoui, Senior Director – Information Technology

    How to make a project successful?

    As a Trainee, you would be required to participate in a high level project within your business operations, during the training program.

    Following are the brief tips that we would recommend, as these would be useful when you get actually engaged in a project during your tenure in stc.

    In stc, before embarking on a critical project, the stakeholders undertake a detailed feasibility study of the project at the micro level so as to build a strong foundation at the early stages that would then result in successful delivery of the project.

    In order for a project to be considered successful we ensure that we follow the listed criteria:-

    1. Planning is the foundation of any project. It is used as the roadmap for the projects which will educate the team members and keep them organized. Part of the planning phase is to plan for the scope of the project. The scope will dictate the type of resources expertise required, timelines, budget, and deliverables.
    2. After careful planning, the project execution begins by gathering the business requirement; analyze the requirements and designing the solution.
    3. A closure of the project is mandatory to ensure that all critical success factors have been met. A confirmation of the project delivery, testing, and release must be agreed upon and signed off by stakeholders.

    Finally, we look into the following aspects to measure the success of a project.

    - Whether the project has been delivered within the estimated budget?
    - Have all project milestones been successfully met?
    - Whether deliverable deadlines have been regularly met?
    - Whether the Executive Management is getting positive feedback from the stakeholders?