Using tech to avoid The Great Resignation

By Veerakumar Natarajan—Country Head, Zoho Kenya The Great Resignation is increasingly becoming a major source of concern for businesses. Initially, this global phenomenon was attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, but other factors, such as burnout and employees’ growing desire to take back their power in the workplace, have also been driving forces. Employees want to use technology to work remotely and compete in the global market, but they also want to feel connected to each other and their customers. People-centric practices must be enhanced, not eclipsed, by platforms for collaboration…

Benefits of Working from Home

The office will never be the same. Right now, your desk might be at the dining table and you might be wearing sweatpants and a smart blouse as you talk to colleagues over a Zoom call. With many companies having adopted a remote hybrid working model, it’s anyone’s guess whether we’ll ever return to office environments the way they once were. And, while working from home has its benefits – like less time and money spent on commuting – many remote workers are struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance.…

Insurance has many financial benefits, not just compensation

By Nixon Shigoli Health, economic and social catastrophes including the recent coronavirus pandemic expose the vulnerability of individuals, families, businesses, economies, and nations to unforeseen but catastrophic risks. On a positive note, more people now acknowledge the benefits of insurance when faced with such adversities. A recent survey by the Geneva Association, a leading global insurance think tank, shows fourty percent of retail customers consider their health and health insurance more important since the onset of Covid-19. Similarly, half of the small business owners have made insurance including medical schemes…

The Invisible Force of Women in the Agricultural Sector

By Linda Manda Sector Head Agribusiness, Client Coverage, CIB at Standard Bank Group The agricultural sector across sub-Saharan Africa is critical to local and regional economies as a developmental base for food security and employment. Within it, there remains an invisible force driving productivity in the region and across the world. It is one that is too easily overlooked and underappreciated for the scale of its contribution, often shunned for growth opportunities, ignored within the transformative discourse, and largely untapped in plans to develop the sector. This invisible force is the African…

Why you need to clean you makeup brushes

We spend much of our lives in our bedrooms and bathrooms, sleeping, bathing,  putting on make-up and getting dressed. But, if these two rooms in our homes – and the items in them – aren’t cleaned well, it can have detrimental effects on our health, from triggering allergies to causing skin infections. For a fresher space, try these handy tips from Aisha Pandor, CEO of SweepSouth, and the SweepStars who keep thousands of homes clean every week. Clean out your make-up Your pretty makeup collection may be the last place…

Water and Sanitation Deserves a Major Role in Political Commitments

By Simon Thomas As the election season enters the home straight, political parties have launched their commitments to prospective voters through various manifestos. Regardless of which political philosophy one follows, this year’s major election themes have all taken aim at improving the quality of life for all and these changes have been largely welcomed, especially considering how challenging the current economic climate is. An area that requires extensive real and prolonged attention is the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector. The quality of a country’s water and sanitation infrastructure plays…

Should We Blame KRA For Deaths Caused By Illicit Brews?

Producers of counterfeit alcohol are equal to murders due to the health risks their beverages present all under the watchful eye of the tax man. This is because we have no way of ascertaining how they are made and their exact composition. However we cannot blame them for taking advantage of a ripe business opportunity that is driven by demand of the illicit brews due to the increase in price of legal alcoholic beverages that is caused by the inflated taxes imposed on alcoholic beverage manufacturers of local brands. Globally,…

Without nicotine alternatives, Kenya’s tobacco industry is growing  

By Joseph Magero, Chair, Campaign for Safer Alternatives   This World No Tobacco Day, Kenya appears to be further than ever from reducing cigarette sales and smoking. Its decision not to have any smoking reduction plan or policy since 2015, is proving to be good news for the smoking industry. For, without it, the government’s cocktail of ignoring nicotine replacement therapies and banning tobacco alternatives is leading to a surge in cigarette sales, according to global market researchers, in an unexpected windfall for the country’s cigarette producers. For those of…

OPINION: Africa’s War to Secure the Internet     

By John OMO-Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union  Worldwide, more than 782 million new internet users have been recorded in just two years since 2019 prompting heightened scrutiny on cybercrime. A 2020 UN report noted that cybercrime is on the rise, with 7,000 data breaches recorded in 2019 alone, exposing more than 15 billion records.  The cost of such breaches is expected to top $5 trillion by 2024. This undesirable projection is one that experts warn that Africa, just like the rest of the world, must objectively look into and attempt to…

Opinion: Why you need travel insurance for that holiday or business trip  

By Nixon Shigoli Many people when planning a journey – a vacation, family visit or a business trip – often don’t factor in travel insurance. Yet this type of insurance offers crucial protection against financial risks associated with travel like illness, injury, trip cancellation and luggage loss. Like other types of insurance, the purpose of travel insurance is to guard the insured against financial losses arising from a particular activity. Anything can happen when you are travelling and, therefore, you need to plan for emergencies that may potentially ruin your…