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PROFESSIONALISM IN THE WORKPLACE

It is always important to carry yourself with the utmost professionalism in the workplace especially if you want to get ahead and advance in your career/ field. The truth is that sometimes working hard and being great at your job just isn’t enough to get you ahead. Most times it is about presenting yourself more professionally so that your employer can see you as more of a leader and a person who is deserving of more opportunities and responsibilities in the workplace. In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways you can be more professional in your workplace in order to get the recognition and promotion you desire.

  1. BE RESPECTFUL

In any professional setting it is important to treat your colleagues with dignity and respect. Keep in mind that everyone is there because they possess both the skills and qualifications required for the job. Be polite and observe office etiquette. In addition, be sure to respect company policies whether you agree with them or not because they are there for a reason. Avoid office gossip as this is highly unprofessional and will only lead to squabbles and will even create a hostile work environment.

  1. BUILD MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR COWORKERS

When you’ve been working at the same place for a long period of time, it is easy to get into a routine. Where you just want to come in, get your work done and go home. If you’re not careful, you can easily isolate yourself from your co-workers. Take some time out of your day to socialise and get to know the people you work with. People love to feel acknowledged and this will be a great way to integrate yourself into the workplace community. Remember it’s all about making connections and employers generally notice employees who are well liked by their colleagues as this demonstrates company unity and team spirit.

  1. TAKE ON BIGGER CHALLENGES

Employers are always on the lookout for star employees. it is rare for people to get promoted unless they are already putting in the work. Take initiative and volunteer your time to take on extra projects and do what to can to help. This will put you on your boss’ radar and may even lead you to a promotion. Alternatively, if you’d like to advance in your career, you could even speak to your boss on ways you could incorporate a personal development plan into your work in order to build your resume.

  1. BE A LEADER

Leaders are typically charismatic and sociable people, however, this does not mean that you have to be loud or an extrovert to be a leader. In order to be a leader, you need to carry yourself with a certain level of confidence. Speak with confidence and purpose and eloquently articulate your ideas. Remember that leaders are empathetic and are ready to serve as well as lift others up so everyone can succeed as a whole. Keep in mind that leadership is not just about speaking but listening as well. Be patient and allow others an opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas in order to promote a cohesive work environment where everyone has an opportunity to present their ideas and take part in the company’s development.

  1. DRESS FOR SUCCESS

 Peoples first impression of you is based on how you look. It is important to ensure that you’re properly dressed at work. Look up your company’s dress code guidelines and be sure to dress accordingly. Dressing well and appropriately for your job will ensure that you are taken seriously. Dressing well make you stand out, remember, when you look good, you feel good and this translate in the quality of your work.

Maintaining professionalism in the workplace only servers to do you good. It ensures a conducive work environment. Being professional ensures that you leave a good, long lasting impression on your employers and colleagues.

https://www.careeraddict.com/workplace-professionalism

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/professionalism-526248https://smallbusiness.chron.com/become-professional-workplace-22087.html

HOW TO NEGOTIATE A PAY RISE
HOW TO NEGOTIATE A PAY RISE

It’s no secret that everybody wants to be paid more money for what they do. Everyone wants to feel valued and that the time, effort and skills they put into their work is adequately compensated. In most cases however, the way in which people approach asking for a pay rise is wrong. This could be due to the fact that some people are uncomfortable with talking about money or are afraid of coming off as too demanding to their employers.  In this article we’ll look at a few salary negotiating tips.

  1. BE DESERVING OF THE RAISE

When seeking a pay raise, first ensure that you are truly deserving of it. There are no shortcuts around this. Ensure that your work speaks for itself and that you have actually been creating value for your company as well. Sometimes when it seems like you’ve been slaving away at your job and have spent so much time and energy doing your work, you may feel like you deserve a raise. It is important to take a step back and look at things objectively to determine whether or not you truly deserve a raise.

  1. KNOW YOUR VALUE

In order to justify a pay raise, it is important to know your value and how to articulate it to your employer. This therefore means that you must bring up any and all evidence to justify your worth in terms of salary increase. For instance, you could bring up occasions where you’ve helped your company increase their profitability, or reduced costs or even instituted time saving methods in various areas. Be calm and confident in your abilities in order to articulate the same to your employer and convince them to give you a raise.

  1. MARKET RESEARCH

Before asking for a raise you also need to know what the market is paying for someone with your credentials and experience. This means that you have to go out into the field and speak to recruiters for up-to-date market information as well as speaking to others working in your field with the same credentials as you. This will allow you to be well informed when negotiating the pay increase.

  1. GIVE A NUMBER

When an employer asks what your salary expectations are, most people tense up or become shy and undersell themselves in a bid to avoid offending the employer. Most people give a range of their salary expectations which is a big mistake. For starters, this gives the employer an opportunity to pay you a salary that is lower than what you really wanted. If you give a range and were aiming for the higher number, your employer may probably pick the lower one instead and this will only leave you feeling disgruntled. What you need to do is give one figure that is fair and one you are truly deserving of and then negotiate from there.

  1. TIMING IS EVERYTHING

In most cases, the topic of salary expectations comes up in new job offers or interview situations. It is therefore important to note that you should only bring up your salary expectations when your employer asks you. This is because you want to avoid coming off as money hungry. If you are an employee and are looking to get a salary increase you should time your request around your performance review. This way you can showcase how well you’ve been doing at your job and make a case for the raise.

When asking for a pay raise, always be patient and remember that even when exercising humility, be confident in your worth and abilities.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-negotiate-salary-37-tips-you-need-to-know

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/how-to-negotiate-pay-rise

https://mycareer.aicpa-cima.com/article/how-to-negotiate-a-pay-raise/

3 changes to company law in kenya
3 MUST KNOW CHANGES TO COMPANY LAW IN KENYA

Like most institutions in this country and the world over, there are laws set up by the government to ensure legality as well as the promotion and protection of individuals rights in these institutions. These laws also serve to ensure the efficient functioning of these institutions. There are various laws that govern how business is conducted in this country as well as how companies are to conduct their dealings. In this article we’ll look at some of the new laws and amendments to these laws.

  1. BUSINESS REGISTRATION SERVICE ACT

The Business Registration Service Act of 2015 establishes the Business Registration Service as the body in charge of administering laws relating to the incorporation, registration, operation and management of companies, partnerships and firms.

This Act will be responsible for matters relating to business registration. This body will also take over the existing company law functions of the State Law office. The Business Registration Service Act, 2015 will become operational on a date to be set by the Cabinet Secretary by notice in the Kenya Gazette. 

  1. COMPANIES ACT

The Companies Act of 2015 is one of the laws intended to streamline the manner in which business is conducted in Kenya. The intention behind this is that the new provisions will be more flexible, in line with modern business practices and will in turn lead to growth and innovation in various commercial transactions in Kenya. Among the many significant changes, the Act now has provisions that allow companies to have a single shareholder as well as provisions that require a company to have at least one natural director except for in cases where the company’s sole director is a corporation.  

Previously, financial assistance was prohibited except in a limited number of cases. This is no longer the case as companies are now able to buy back their own shares in order to create treasury shares which may then be re-issued. 

  1. INSOLVENCY ACT

To begin with, insolvency occurs when a company is unable to pay its debts. The Insolvency Act of 2015 contains laws relating to matters of insolvency for both individuals and companies which were previously contained in the Bankruptcy Act. The Insolvency Act provides debtors with an alternative to bankruptcy. It creates the legal framework that enables companies to be put into administration which is an alternative to liquidation under the supervision of an insolvency lawyer.

In Kenya, our laws are constantly changing and various amendments are done to ensure that the laws serve the Kenyan people accordingly. It is important to keep up-to-date with these changes.

 Kindly visit http://kenyalaw.org/kl/ to find out more about our laws.

Managing Millennials

If you are working in HR, or a managerial position, there is one group of people that you cannot afford to misunderstand or connect with… Millennials. Millennials or Generation Y, are a group of people born between the late 1980s and early 1990s. Millennials are a fascinating bunch in their own right because they bring with them new and fresh ideas into the workplace. They are innovative, agile, natural networkers and are incredibly tech-savvy.

However, they also bring with them some challenges. Millennials are a generation whose ideas and views differ greatly from those of the older generations. This is because they are a generation whose approach in respect to their work ethic is a bit different and may even be slightly jarring to the older generation in the workplace. In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways to manage millennials in the workplace.

  1. CREATE MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS

In most cases, millennials are very people oriented. They value personal relationships over loyalty to brands and teams. It is therefore critical to nurture a working relationship with them to build confidence and boost their work ethic. As a manager ensure that your millennial employees know how much you care and   value them; not just as employees but as people. This means that it is absolutely important to be authentic and to build trust with this particular group of people.

  1. KEEP THEM CHALLENGED

Studies have shown that the number one thing most millennials value in their work experience, above a competitive salary is opportunities for growth and learning. Often times millennials may lose interest in working for a company or business when they start to feel bored and lack the engagement and challenge from their work. Be sure to provide training opportunities that allow them to expand their skill sets and expand their knowledge in a particular field.

  1. BE FLEXIBLE

As an employer, it is important to make flexibility a priority. This means flexibility in work hours, the structure of their work and even the work location where possible. It is often the norm that workplaces value employees who come in at a specific time and clocking in a set number of working hours and then clock out. However, with millennials, there is a need to break away from this culture. Allow them to express their creativity and in this way develop new and innovative ways to solve various problems and get their work done in more efficient ways.

  1. GIVE POSITIVE FEEDBACK

Everyone likes to feel appreciated and that their effort and good work is being noticed. Some members of the older generation may think that this makes millennials high maintenance or too demanding, however it serves to boot moral and builds confidence. A study done a few years ago asked millennials how often they wanted praise from their employers and 60% said once a day. Proving just how important encouragement, praise and positive feedback is to this generation.

  1. EMBRACE THEIR IDEAS

As the younger generations begin to enter the workforce, they are coming in with fresh ideas and new outlooks on the job. Having just completed their education, most of them can be a phenomenal source of innovation. This is because not only are they coming into the workforce with a fresh perspective but an eagerness to challenge the status quo. As millennials come into the workforce, they are asking all these questions about the way things are done and why they are done in a particular manner. This curiosity can be a great opportunity for innovation.

https://medium.com/pathlight/the-biggest-mistakes-managers-make-when-managing-millennials-ff849868bf8e

https://bonfyreapp.com/blog/6-tips-managing-millennials-workplace

https://www.forbes.com/sites/iese/2016/09/08/managing-millennials-nine-tips/?sh=813a5eccd8af

CYBER SECURITY IN THE WORKPLACE

The expansion of globalisation has increased the world’s reliance on technology, now more than ever before. Since the development of the internet, there has been a massive surge in digital data creation. Many companies and governments store a great deal of their data on computers and transmit it across networks to other computers. It is no secret that technology and its underlying systems have vulnerabilities that can be exploited subsequently undermining the proper functioning of an organisation.

A breach in an organisation’s data stores can have a range of devastating consequences for any business. It can quite literally destroy a company’s reputation through the loss of consumer and partner trust. The loss of critical data, such as source files or even intellectual property, can cost a company its competitive advantage. In addition, a breach in a company’s data can impact corporate revenues due to non-compliance with data protection laws.

Cybersecurity is the combination of processes, practices, and technologies designed to protect networks, computers, programs, data and information from attack, damage or unauthorized access. In this article, we’ll look at some of the main cyber security issues workplaces face and some tips on how to secure your workplace data.

  1. PHISHING

Phishing is a cybercrime that involves fraudulent attempts to obtain a person’s sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, bank/ credit card information etc. Usually, victims of phishing are contacted by email, telephone or even text message by someone posing as a representative of a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing their sensitive data.

  1. BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE POLICIES

Some companies have ‘bring your own device policies’ (BYOD) in a bid to increase flexibility and to cut down on device costs. Employees are therefore allowed to bring their own devices such as laptops. The down side to this is that it is increasingly difficult to manage these devices. This then increases the risk of viruses, malware and data breaches.

  1. DATA AND PRIVACY BREACHES

Attacks on personal data have become a growing concern in the past few years. Companies that store personal data about their employees therefore, are at risk of being targeted by those who would like to get a hold of this information with malicious intent.

  1. RANSOMWARE ATTACKS

Ransomware is a type of malware attack in which cybercriminals gain access to sensitive data and encrypts the victim’s. This prevents the victim from accessing their system or personal files. The hackers then demand payment in order for the victim to regain access to their data.

  1. HUMAN ERROR AND NEGLIGENCE

Even if a company is well protected against outside attacks, human error and negligence is sometimes inevitable. This is also the main cause of all data breaches. Be it through a malicious act from a disgruntled employee or simple carelessness, employees are usually the weakest link when it comes to a company’s cyber security deference.

In order to ensure that your workplace is well protected from cyber criminals, begin by having regular meetings with your employees on the importance of cybersecurity and observing the proper workplace etiquette on internet use and information sharing. Train your employees on the various risks and improve their working habits.

Carry out formal risk assessment tests to determine the best cyber protection tools for your workplace. Hire ethical hackers to find weak links in your company’s data protection systems and provide solutions.

https://digitalguardian.com/blog/what-cyber-security

FASTEST GROWING INDUSTRIES IN KENYA

Kenya recently reclaimed its title as the largest economy in Eastern and Central Africa; a position previously held by Ethiopia. The government has made various political, structural and economic reforms that have greatly contributed to Kenya’s economic growth, social development and political gains over the past decade. According to a report by the World Bank, Kenya’s economic growth has averaged at 5.7%, placing Kenya as one of the fastest growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this article, we’ll look at some of the fastest growing industries in Kenya today.

  1. AGRICULTURE

The agricultural sector plays a vital role in contributing to the growth of Kenya’s economy. The industry has made a 26% contribution to the GDP and another 27% indirectly through its collaboration with other sectors. The industry has created employment opportunities for many Kenyans and is a source of livelihood for up to 40% of Kenyans. The industry also accounts for up to 65% of the export earnings. Agriculture is also the main driver of the non-agricultural economy. The industry provides raw materials and markets for non-agricultural operations such as construction, transportation, tourism and education.

  1. TECHNOLOGY

Kenya is nicknamed the “Silicon Savannah” because it is regarded as the second-best innovation hub in Sub-Saharan Africa. Technological advances are playing a key role in ushering in a new automated age. Kenya has seen vast developments in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Technological developments have changed the way in which Kenya interacts with the global economy. Kenya is now able to produce a higher quality of  products at an expansive rate, which has greatly boosted its trading prospects. Advancement in Information and Communications Technology has led to significant economic growth which in turn expanded the creation of job opportunities.

  1. TOURISM

The tourism industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Kenya. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya is currently the third largest tourism economy in Sub-Saharan Africa after South Africa and Nigeria. In 2019, the industry contributed a total of Ksh163.6 billion to Kenya’s GDP.  The tourism industry has also created an estimated 1.1 million jobs for the Kenyan people which in turn leads to economic growth as the government earns revenue through taxes. More recently, Najib Balala, Kenya’s Minister for tourism named the famed supermodel Naomi Campbell as Kenya’s new tourism advisor. This move will definitely boost Kenya’s tourism sector and increase international visits to Kenya.

  1. REAL ESTATE

The past two decades have seen an exponential increase in the Kenyan real estate market. This growth has been driven by various infrastructural developments such as improved roads and the upgrading of key airports as well as improved utility connections. Rapid urbanisation and a steady population growth have also contributed to the booming real estate sector. The influx of people moving in to the cities from rural areas has led to the building and selling of various land titles and properties. The fact that land appreciates in value over time has made the real estate business very lucrative with more and more people investing in land and property. 

  1. TRANSPORT

The development of various infrastructure and the steady growth of Kenya’s economy has also led to the rapid development of the transport sector. According to Kenya’s transport sector profile, the sector grew by 8.8% in 2016 compared to 7.1% in 2015. Of course Kenya still has some way to go in the transport sector however the growth and development is on an upward slope and is only getting better. In a bid to stay in line with its Vision 2 030 goals, Kenya’s development plans include significant improvements to roads, railways, seaports and airports in order to compete in the global market. The construction of the SGR has opened up Kenya’s interior and has vastly increased and improved trading activities within the country.

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