Apr 8, 2014

Problem Solver: The One Important Skill Every HR Professional Must Have

I have always viewed problem solving skill as one of the most essential trait each and every HR person should possess. Especially so because this particular professional deals or interacts mostly with people who have different personalities and is also expected to offer advice to Department

Heads, senior management, top management and all employees in general. I always try and advice Department Heads that it is very important for them to be offering solutions to problems rather than just reporting. As a manager you should rise above the employees you supervise. Ask yourself what makes you different from them? What makes you stand out as a manager and be respected as

Mar 14, 2014

4 Ways HR Managers Can Identify & Recruit High Potential Candidates

By Mark Namaswa,
How easy or difficult is it to read a human being’s mind? We do it all the time—analyzing, judging and trying to guess what type of people they are—when we come into contact with them. Sometimes our judgement is right, sometimes we fail terribly and get the wrong impression of people.

Allan Hall in an article on forbes.com highlights this difficulty: “Over the course of my career, I’ve hired hundreds of people. Some were exceptional employees who were major contributors to our success. Others didn’t work out. In most cases, when an employee left or was terminated, I was the problem,” he says. “Those dismissed were good people. I just did not know how to properly hire new employees.”
His current theory is pegged on seven tenets: Competence, capability, character, compatibility,

Jan 6, 2014

How To Keep Your Employees Motivated In New Year

By Tabitha Mwai,
“Nowadays employers do not care much about their employees. You either do the job or you leave, I mean there so many people willing to do the job,” Mrs. Mercy Kyalo asserts, an employee with one of the firms based in Westlands.

Work productivity is directly related to the employee’s level of motivation. “When employees are motivated their involvement and commitment to work related activities will increase,” explains Perminus Wainaina a HR consultant at Corporate Staffing Services. “When employees are well motivated it ensures a good working relationship,” he adds.

The best way to have better results at work is by ensuring that you acknowledge and reward employees’ efforts. Mrs. Mercy Kyalo holds that, “I would be motivated if my employer offered me

Dec 10, 2013

How To Build A Productive Team In Your Company

By Dorcas Karuana,
As we come to the end of the year, each company is doing some evaluation on employees performance as well as its own performance. Each one of us has different productivity level as some employees are able to meet set targets and exceed them while others are not.

So how can you build a productive team? It is not as hard as you may think. Here are five things you should be doing with your employees to increase productivity, focus, and overall team wellbeing:

1. Appreciate Them
It’s all too easy to forget that the people working for you are just that – people. As a team manager, try to connect with everybody who works for you as often as possible and take the effort to learn

Nov 29, 2013

The Importance Of Pre-Employment Background Check In Hiring Process

By Dorcas Karuana,
We have heard of the very familiar story of a company that keeps hiring employees for the same post almost thrice in year. Worse still, the employees embezzle company funds as they disappear after three months. This has become more of a song than a story and it is something that employers can avoid if only they do a pre-employment background check.

In case you've been skipping the pre-employment background checks when hiring new employees, perhaps you should reconsider. Below are reasons why should not skip doing a pre-employment background check

1. You Don't Know Anything Else – You have no idea of who the person applying for a certain job really is. A background check is a great way to catch a glimpse of who the person really is before

Nov 13, 2013

5 Tips To Success On Leading A Team - Standard Bank’s Africa Head

Zweli Manyathi has been appointed Standard Bank CE of personal and business banking for Africa (excluding South Africa). Having started his career as a messenger for South African bank Absa (then known as Trustbank) at the age of 20, Manyathi has worked his way up to hold a number of leadership positions in the banking industry.

Manyathi joined Standard Bank in 2009 as head of business banking in South Africa where he was influential in furthering the bank’s expansion of the division both in South Africa and on the continent.

Now, at age 52, Manyathi has gained valuable leadership experience and insight. He shares his

Oct 24, 2013

How HR Managers Can Detect Common Lies On A CV

By Dorcas Karuana,
Like it or not, writing a carefully-constructed CV is a vital part of any successful job search. Inexperienced job seekers tend to hastily craft CVs without paying much attention to format, style or content and then wonder why they can’t get a job.  Many used to being great students become shocked when they realize that they have made a mistake most are willing to learn to do better.

The best way to approach CV writing is to think of a CV as your own personal master piece. This is something that will require a lot of thought, organization, planning and attention to detail. Please remember that trying to find a job without a good CV is like showing up for fancy New Year dinner