One Circle founder Emma El-Karout recognised for driving flexible HR


Forbes names her among some other key role players who are enabling HR freelancers.

A recent Forbes article has named HR Indaba Africa 2019 partner One Circle as a startup that is going to contribute towards driving HR freelancing as a large and growing enterprise for platforms. It’s founder and frequent CHRO SA contributor Emma El-Karout is noted for the work she has been doing to build a strong international cohort of HR specialists, combining full-time freelancers and experts looking for side gigs.

With over 20 years’ HR experience, Emma is a strong advocate of flexible workforces and firmly believes in an agile HR model that supports business growth and value creation with proven returns. It's a model she believes could address a few of the major societal issues in South Africa, namely unemployment, gender and age bias, and the retention of experienced workers in the economy post-retirement ,all while giving local talent access to global work opportunities.

“We are very excited to play a role in changing the ways HR and work are defined,” says Emma who is more than pleased after being recognised as a player in the evolution of the freelance HR. 

“I started One Circle after being frustrated, while in my previous corporate roles as HR Director, with only being able to access HR specialists through consulting companies or regular employment, both come with a big price tag. Hiring people direct on project basis was too risky given the confidentiality of information, quality of output, and timeliness of delivery.”


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