Employment trends in the gig economy

Employment trends in the gig economy

Allan Ngunze, HR Manager at Population Services Kenya (PS Kenya) shares some insights on the current and future state of HR and what we need to take cognizance of. He spoke to MURUGI NDWIGA.

Being at the centre of hiring, how do you spot talent and how can you tell that a candidate will be a good fit for an organization? Do you make bad choices when recruiting and how do you salvage the situation?

For me attitude is very key, poise and other softer skills and the non-verbal cues that are communicated during an interview. Confidence is also key in terms of being able to articulate issues when questions are asked and or when making presentations.

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Real estate ready for tech disruption but mindsets need to shift

Real estate ready for tech disruption but mindsets need to shift

In building and construction, the tide of change driven by innovation has been slowly permeating the fastest growing industry in the country.

By KEN MACHARIA

While most major sectors of the economy have experienced significant disruption occasioned by technology and new platforms, the construction and real estate sector has been slow to adapt to new innovative technologies, not just in Kenya, but globally.

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Leading with values and purpose

Leading with values and purpose

David Gatende has worked with water and energy solutions company Davis & Shirtliff for the last 31 years, growing through the ranks from a field engineer to Group CEO. He talks about the importance of company culture in retaining staff and value-based leadership.

By KAGENI MUSE

At the reception of Davis & Shirtliff’s Industrial Area office is a conspicuous board with 91 names on it. The first two belong to E.C. Davis and F.R Shirtliff, 1946, the founder members of the water and energy solutions company, followed by other names, each matched with the year each staff member joined the company. The board celebrates employees who have served with the organisation for 25 years.

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Of cloud computing and digital transformation

Of cloud computing and digital transformation

Cloud service brokerage business model is still nascent and may take a little more time to mature, especially in the developing economies where adoption of cloud services itself is yet to catch cachet.

By JOHN OREDO

Most of the critical issues organisations are grappling with today can be traced to the disruptions spawned by digital technologies and how companies can align to the digital futures. No sector is immune to the effects of digital transformation.

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An expert’s view of Kenya’s healthcare

An expert’s view of Kenya’s healthcare

Dr. Dan Gikonyo, Founder, Karen Hospital says the status of healthcare system in Kenya is beyond what we have in our neighbouring countries.

By MURUGI NDWIGA

Kenya’s healthcare system has been on a rollercoaster. Lack of proper equipment and expertise, poor service delivery and inadequate medication are some of the challenges the sector has suffered. Despite the shortfalls, there is tremendous improvement compared to the 1980s. “The status of healthcare system in Kenya is beyond what we have in our neighbouring countries. It is something we should be proud of and thank the government for,” says Dr. Dan Gikonyo, Founder, Karen Hospital. Gikonyo, who has seen the medical field evolve with different power regimes from the 1980s. He opines that developments in Kenya’s healthcare system are commendable.

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How your body COMMUNICATES

How your body COMMUNICATES

Talking to people with arms folded gives the impression that you are bored, disinterested or uncomfortable and is a major closed gesture. 

By DEREK BBANGA

Body language is crucial in creating a positive impression and achieving your business goals. Additionally, being able to read the body language of others is an advantage. We reveal a lot about our attitudes, emotions and motives by the way we hold our bodies.

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Clever ways to know YOUR COMPETITOR 

Clever ways to know YOUR COMPETITOR 

Gather information from companies’ websites, customers, surveys, conferences and social media to understand more about products and other environmental aspects for strategic purposes. 

By LIZZ WAMBUA

Competitive intelligence (CI) is the act of gathering and analysing information in order to gain knowledge on competitors, customers, products and other environmental aspects for strategic purposes.

Information is gathered from companies’ websites, customers, surveys, conferences and social media. Benjamin Gilad, a professor of business strategy and author, in his writing “Competitive Intelligence Shouldn’t Just Be about Your Competitors” says CI is a perspective on changing market conditions. This means identifying risks and opportunities early enough to allow the company adapt its strategy or in extreme cases, change it.

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CHANGING LIVES one girl at a time

CHANGING LIVES one girl at a time

Joseph Gichunge, Director, Jazza Centre, is in the business of training domestic managers and leasing them to households. He narrates his story to SAMMI NDERITU.

In 2013 and having just become parents, my wife, Leah and I were having challenges getting a domestic manager (DM). It was frustrating as we kept changing one after the other. We wondered if there was a place that trained them so that we could get a professional one who was ready to work. I started looking at the business model of security guards’ companies and got an idea. What if someone could bring the girls together, train them and lease them out?’ I imagined a situation where I could provide such a quick solution. This kind of thinking gave birth to my business, Jazza Centre.

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How IT expert launched luxury fashion START-UP

How IT expert launched luxury fashion START-UP

Aprelle Duany describes herself as a nerd who adores fashion. Previously, an IT Auditor for one of the Big Four accounting firms in New York, she has degrees in Information Technology, media, as well as fashion. She pulls from her technical experience and approaches design and development from a problem-solving perspective.

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Women should take these STEPS TO GROW

Women should take these STEPS TO GROW

Say “yes” to opportunities, then look for somebody who has succeeded to help you through a steep learning curve.

By SARAH RICHSON

Coaching and mentorship is increasingly becoming one of the most profound ways of developing and supporting female leaders, especially within Africa. There is currently a clear indication that women who choose to be coached and mentored rise much faster up the career ladder, showcasing excellent performance in their jobs. Both interventions work alongside the traditional interventions such as training and practical methods that aid personal and professional growth.

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