Employee burnout: Who is to blame and what can be done?

Employee burnout: Who is to blame and what can be done?

Executives need to own up to their role in creating workplace stress that leads to burnout and create systems of addressing the same. 

By MIRIAM CHEGE

Picture this. Your workload is always overwhelming regardless of your planning and prioritisation. You have tens of things that needed to have been done by yesterday. Every other time, you receive an additional call or email from your supervisor or co-managers of a new task that is to be completed by end of day. You also have several internal meetings to attend and from those there are more meetings to further discuss issues from the main meetings. This could be the scenario facing many supervisors and managers leading to burnout.

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The future of work is here

The future of work is here

The ‘workforce’ of the future will include Artificial Intelligence, freelancers and even crowd-sourcing. Artifical Intelligence will do most of the ‘heavy-lifting’ or repetitive tasks, enabling human employees to operate more productively. 

By FRANCOIS VAN DYK

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

I have always been a bit of a science-fiction fan. Certainly not one of those that get dressed up for comic conventions like The Big Bang Theory’s nerdy scientists Leonard, Sheldon, Wolowitz and Raj but a sci-fi fan nonetheless.

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Right environment and staff key to startup success

Right environment and staff key to startup success

The primary purpose of enterprise management is to select the best people and empower them to accomplish productive work toward the organisation’s objectives.

By MURORI KIUNGA

When I quit employment over 10 years ago to start my own business, one seasoned managing director of a local company told me one thing that to date has informed most of my business decision, especially on human resources.

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Work, life and purpose

Work, life and purpose

We need to know who we are and what we are good at, risking everything in the pursuit of our dreams, as we nurture and hone our skills.

By EDWIN MOINDI

For work to happen, effort and energy has to be dispensed. There was a time when our ancestors had no luxury in choosing the work they did. The land they lived off dictated that. But every time a civilisation arose, labour became the fuel for its growth. Under such circumstances labour was divided into social classes and the people who worked the hardest and received a pittance were the slave class. They had no free will and only lived on the whims of their masters.

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People are the core of every organisation

People are the core of every organisation

Jacqueline Mugo, the Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), speaks on what organisations need to do to attract and retain talent.

By KAGENI MUSE

“To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace,” is a quote by Doug Conant of American firm Campbell Soup, which points to the importance of getting right the employee factor for any organisation. Chinese billionaire Jack Ma in his recent visit to Kenya too spoke of the importance of taking care of people – customers and employees – because they take care of the shareholder.

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The changing face of HR

The changing face of HR

Sharon Kisire, HR Manager, Kenya Pipelin offers her views on the evolving issues in the human resource industry.

1. What are the latest perspectives on HR as a business partner away from just HR Management? And what does this mean to organizations that want to create conducive work environments?

Not sure it is the latest but what I know is that HRPB takes HR to where the business really is and ensures that HR delivers value where it matters most. HR challenges at the work environment will reach HR management quickly, seamlessly and efficiently through HRPB.

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Inside the workplace of the future

Inside the workplace of the future

Employees will be at liberty to define their terms of engagement with employers, dress code as well as working hours.

By TABITHA AREBA

In less than a decade from today, the popular term ‘permanent and pensionable employee’ in Kenya’s organisations may not exist. Reporting to work every morning and leaving in the evening will also be meaningless. Additionally, what you wear as well as where and how you sit while carrying out your duties will not count. The new workplace and workforce will have a brand new architecture.

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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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Are you strong enough to HIRE WOMEN?

Are you strong enough to HIRE WOMEN?

By JOYCE KADUKI

Most companies, professions, government institutions, and non-professional bodies such as political parties and churches have been historically dominated by men. Even now, there are more men than women at the workplace.

According to the International Labour Office’s publication Women at Work: Trends 2016, women’s labour force participation in 2015 was estimated at 49.6 per cent. The finding that there are fewer female employees than male is consistent with the results of another study – Women in the Workplace 2016 – which was conducted by McKinsey and LeanIn.org among over 130 companies and more than 34,000 men and women. This second study established that women remain underrepresented at every level in the corporate pipeline.

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In the eye of the storm

In the eye of the storm

Two years after the Westgate attack TABITHA AREBA spoke to a man who has seen all the bad and the ugly sides of disasters. Read about the behind-the-scenes tales of a terrorist attack that East African and the world would love to forget.

When the Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, I first read about it on Twitter. But it was a following update that shocked me. The death toll was estimated to be in the thousands. Then the photos followed. The destruction to life and property was catastrophic. There was death and desperation everywhere.

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