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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How teamwork powers staff performance

How teamwork powers staff performance

In getting the best out of everybody, it is good to ensure that personal development focuses on what the person needs to do in order to not only deliver the present but also the future.

By SAMMI NDERITU

As you enter Safaricom Care Center, a four-point portrait hangs prominently on the wall bearing the inscription; “When we come together, great things happen.”

On the sixth floor, where I get off the lift, I see a similar portrait with the same wording.

Then there is this other which bears a different message; “Driving a culture of coaching for optimal performance and encouraging continuous powerful and effective feedback conversations.”

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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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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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Stay safe during elections

Stay safe during elections

At the polling station, be calm and do not talk carelessly about any candidate or the election process. You may be conceived to be an agent of the opposing candidates and this may trigger a fight.

By PATRICK NKUNGA

Crime is a complex event and can be described by the five dimensions of law: offender, target/ victim, place and time of the incident. This is according to Paul and Patricia Brantingham in their book Environmental Criminology. These five components are a necessary and sufficient condition, for without one, the other four, even together, will not constitute a criminal incident.

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What millennials need to succeed as entrepreneurs

What millennials need to succeed as entrepreneurs

60 per cent of millennials consider themselves entrepreneurs, and 90 per centre recognise entrepreneurship as a mentality.

By JACQUELINE OCHIENG

Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are described as people born between 1980 and the late 1990s.  This generation is tech savvy, their upbringing more characterised by a liberal approach compared to the generation before them and their life is fast paced. They are known to shift allegiance with ease and hence do not hold on to particular product usage or even stay in jobs for long periods. Unfortunately for them also, their entry into the job market is characterised by periods of rampant unemployment in many countries. Coincidentally, they are also termed the most innovative generation so far, a characteristic key in entrepreneurship.

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