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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Boards should make diversity and inclusion top priority

Boards should make diversity and inclusion top priority

The KIM Leadership and Diversity Report (2017) has established that the boards and senior management teams of NSE-listed companies are largely male, lack youth representation and are skewed in terms of skills mix. Andia Chakava, Kenya Chapter chairperson of New Faces New Voices, speaks on the importance of age, socio economic, ethnic and gender inclusion.

1. From a leadership viewpoint, why is diversity and inclusion important to business?

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The fate of Kenya lies with the electorate

The fate of Kenya lies with the electorate

Players must collaborate to strengthen the three pillars upon which the industry stands: talent development, access to capital and an enabling policy environment.

By DAISY AMDANY

It is unfortunate that elections in Kenya have become synonymous with a tribal roll call. Kenyans don’t understand the importance of a vote in terms of guaranteeing or securing their livelihoods. People have sold their birthright and accountability dies on the altar of tribalism. I feel that if my tribesperson wins, I have won, never mind that when problems arise, we suffer as a people. The minute my tribesperson is accused of corruption, we say, “We are being finished.” Yet these people steal for personal gain.

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The culture of agility and staying ahead

The culture of agility and staying ahead

Companies that empower their workforce – by helping them plan for the unknown, mitigate risk and thrive at work – will be more successful in building a responsive and successful organisation.

By STACY BRONSTEIN

As competition for talent continues to rise and business models are disrupted by technology and socio-demographic shifts, organisations are still taking an evolutionary approach to their talent strategies in the face of revolutionary changes. According to Mercer’s 2017 Global Talent Trends Study, nearly all organisations globally (93 per cent) report they are planning to redesign their structure in the next two years.

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BAD BOSS phenomenon

BAD BOSS phenomenon

Creating a compelling place for employees to work is a critical success factor for a business.

By MIRIAM M. CHEGE

Research indicates that the biggest determinant of how satisfied, committed and engaged people are at work is the immediate supervisor. An interesting observation is the correlation between employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction and ultimately revenue regeneration plus profits. This employee-customer-profit model has been deployed in turning around companies such as Sears, a merchandising group in America.

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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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4 steps to bring your team back to LIFE

4 steps to bring your team back to LIFE

Don’t set them up for failure, let them experience success

By ELIZABETH MUGUCHU

So there I was with a shiny new job, excited, ready to deliver and impress. On the first day, I’m greeted by a team of demotivated and unfocused employees. I am a strong believer in “hiring the right people and then letting them do their job” but different circumstances call for different management styles.

Once in a while a manager may find himself with a team that needs a little hand holding, and it may be necessary to be completely immersed in what the team is working on, to ensure they understand the vision that the manager wants to translate.

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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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Tales of a young, aspiring WOMAN POLITICIAN

Tales of a young, aspiring WOMAN POLITICIAN

Sandra Belyon is a 30-year-old aspiring politician. She hopes to be the next Woman Representative of Kericho County. She previously declared her interest in the Kericho Senatorial by-election of 2016.

By SANDRA BELYON

I am happy to be among those women who have chosen the road less travelled. World over, there is a rising momentum encouraging and ensuring active participation and leadership of youth and women politics, especially within local government structures.

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