Staff training yields productivity

Staff training yields productivity

Evidence has shown that organisations that invests in effective staff training and development tend to achieve both short and long term benefits.

By MURIITHI NDEGWA

While it’s easy to view investment in employee development as a cost centre, statistics show that the benefits a company can accrue from a skilled manager are wide-reaching when considered wisely. There is indeed evidence that organisations investing in effective staff training and development tend to achieve both short and long term benefits.

Productivity and customer satisfaction

Training increases overall customer satisfaction because of professional service delivery by the staff, which can only be achieved through targeted customer service training.

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Building a STRONG business, brick by brick

Building a STRONG business, brick by brick

Mabati Rolling Mills (MRM) has been in business since 1961, ensuring they are at the forefront of growth through innovation, technology and sustainability. ANDREW HEYCOTT, Chief Executive Officer, talks to SAMMI NDERITU about their success journey.

1.How has the recent electioneering period in Kenya affected your business? Have you had to re-organise your operations to cushion yourself from the current economic slowdown?

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I’m excited to be in media and tech space in Africa right now

I’m excited to be in media and tech space in Africa right now

ISIS NYONG’O, founder and CEO of Mums Village and a principal at strategic advisory firm Asphalt& Ink, speaks on her journey into entrepreneurship.

By KAGENI MUSE

Q. You’ve had an interesting career path in tech, often being in areas where you are breaking ground. You have even been named as Forbes Africa Top 20 Youngest Power Women and World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. How has the journey been?

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What you need to know about money disorders

What you need to know about money disorders

By SAMMI NDERITU

What is your relationship with money? What goes on in your mind when your bank account has money or when it is empty? Does having money make you happy or anxious?

According to Dr. Brad Klontz a financial psychologist, just about everyone has a complicated relationship with money.

Dr. Klontz adds that financial strain has been found to reduce relationship satisfaction, worsen depression, and lead to emotional problems, health difficulties and poor work performance.

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Your personal brand strategy in 9 steps

Your personal brand strategy in 9 steps

Personal branding takes time, hard work, resilience, character and belief in self.

By WANJIRU KANG’ARA

“This is a very complicated world; it’s a very noisy world. And we’re not going to get a chance to get people to remember much about us. No company is. And so we have to be really clear on what we want them to know about us.” These are succinct words spoken by Steve Jobs to the Apple team. He was talking about the company’s brand marketing “Think Different” campaign, but in essence, he defined branding. Steve Jobs is a super brand, who like other global personal brands, lived ahead of his time. Coincidentally, he honoured these greats in the “Think Different” campaign.

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Kenya’s energy landscape in need of disruption

Kenya’s energy landscape in need of disruption

Having two massive, top-heavy State corporations controlling access to electricity in the country just invites corruption and inefficiency.

By PETER WANYONYI

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A model for energy sustainability

A model for energy sustainability

Energy performance contracting helps companies implement sustainable energy technologies in their processes without having to go through the investment risks.

By FENWICKS SHOMBE

The high cost of doing business in the 21st Century has mediated new thinking in terms of use of sustainable energy. The survival of many businesses partly relies on their sustainable use of energy and how agile they are in adoption of emergent renewable energy technologies. Some of the sustainable energy initiatives include the use of biomass boilers for generation of steam, deployment of energy efficiency initiatives like use of energy-saving bulbs for lighting, use of solar water heating technologies and carrying out energy use audits.

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Power to all by 2020

Power to all by 2020

Access to electricity is a central building block for socio-economic development. It empowers communities to increase income and productivity, gain access to healthcare and education and enhance water and food security. 

By FAITH KOSGEI

To end all forms of poverty, and fight inequalities, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016. One of the goals is universal access to electricity by 2030. Kenya has brought this forward to year 2020. If Kenya achieves this goal, it will have electrified faster than the US, which took more than two decades before achieving 95 per cent connectivity in rural America. Kenya aims to achieve the same in seven years. This is ambitious.

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Oil exploration, the need for skilled labour

Oil exploration, the need for skilled labour

There is need for government and private sector players to put in place a common skills development policy and where possible upgrade skills from basic through support to core.

By PATRICK OBATH

Kenya is becoming an increasingly important attraction for companies interested in frontier exploration activities in extractives and more so in the oil and gas sector. Discoveries in the Tullow-operated blocks in northern Kenya led to more companies taking up exploration in all the available blocks. This development opens up opportunities to improve the numbers and quality of skilled labour that will service the sector.

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Is coal energy viable for Kenya?

Is coal energy viable for Kenya?

The economic and business case for mega-plants is shaky, even for the ‘planet-friendly’ wind farms such as in Turkana.

By DAVID OBURA

What do the classic indicators of income or economic activity, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or Gross National Income (GNI), really measure? One perspective is that they show how much a country, or group of people, has harnessed energy and material goods in the service of its people or members. A traditional hut, a first-owner home in Nairobi’s South C and the mansions in Runda show this eloquently.

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