Majority of the working class experience stress more often than not. Statistics according to Sharon Melnick, a business psychologist, shows that modern workers are interrupted seven times an hour and distracted up to 2.1 hours a day. And four out of 10 people working in large companies are experiencing a major corporate restructuring, and therefore facing uncertainty about their futures. This may be why more than 40% of adults say they lie awake at night plagued by the stressful events of the day.
Causes of stress in offices are derived from financial breakdown, workload, incomplete assignments, scandals and crises among others. What to do when stress arises
Track your stressors
Sit back and try and analyze what makes you get stressed up. Keep a journal for a week or two to identify which situations create the most stress and how you respond to them. Your response to them should be positive to avoid building up more stress.
In most cases, we experience stress when we feel that situations are out of our control. When this happens, other factors like concentration and confidence are interfered with. If your organization for instance gets a scandal maybe for selling illegal goods, it’s advisable to take action instead of reacting to it. An immediate press conference could be held to give the side of the company’s story, instead of getting anxious or angry.
Get some support
Normally, it’s better to share an issue with someone other than keeping it to oneself. If you happen to feel stressed up, identify the best person to approach first. A fellow colleague here would be appropriate or an immediate supervisor.
Take A Deep Breath
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or tensed because of an issue, you need to clear your head. A few minutes of deep breathing will restore balance. “Simply inhale for five seconds, hold and exhale in equal counts through the nose,” says Melnick. You can even go ahead and get some fresh air to cool down. This helps you calm down and be in a position to reason out with a sober mind.
Learn how to relax
Too much work without play makes Jack a dull boy. During lunch breaks join a friend out for lunch, stretch at your desks, engage in informal conversations or listen to music. Music is known to be a great stress reliever, one can plug in headphones to the computer and listen to soothing music. Most workaholics are very antisocial and get stressed up easily, which then makes them become arrogant and rude.
Most people usually have much to do during the day; responding to emails, phone calls, pop-ins, instant messages, urgent deadlines and receiving visitors. You may not have control to neglect all these duties but you can control your response. For instance, you can schedule different hours when to handle visitors. Eliminate those tasks that are not urgent or are irrelevant.
If you are a director or a manager, you can advise your personal assistant when you need to focus and therefore at that time he/she will put other things on hold for you.
Eat Right And Sleep Well
Eating badly will stress your system and you will not sleep enough as well. Do not sleep so late and get up very early at the same time. Deficit of sleep deteriorates your energy level during the day, thus making you less productive. Ensure that you don’t miss meals like lunch, the brain functions slower on empty stomachs, but again don’t eat too much for it calls in for laziness or even sleep.
Managers need to motivate their employees in their work places. There are professions such as medical practitioners whose duties are very demanding and always present. It is likely for such people to get stressed up because of too much work; attending to many patients and running numerous tests.
Once in a while, managers should hold end of year parties, organize for trips to celebrate their work. This gives doctors and nurses an opportunity to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. You notice that even when they return to work, they have so much energy and work to the best of their ability without having to be pushed.
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Ajira Digital: What You Need to Know
With the advent of technology and the internet, there has been an increasing utilization of online digital platforms to sell their goods and services. In line with this, the Government of Kenya, under the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology launched Ajira Digital on the 24th of November 2016.
About Ajira Digital
The main aim of the initiative is to empower over one million young people to access digital job opportunities. It also seeks to bridge the gap between skills demand and the lack of jobs among the youth.
The program seeks to position Kenya as a choice labor destination for multinational companies as well as encourage local companies and the public sector to create digital work. The government digitization projects already create lots of viable micro work that can be completed by digital workers.
The main objectives of the program are:
- To raise the profile of digital work among all Kenyans
- Promote a mentorship and collaborative learning approach to finding digital work
- Provide Kenyans with access to digital work
- Promote Kenya as a destination for online workers
The guiding principles of the Ajira Digital Program are:
- Private sector first – value generation through the private sector
- Sustainability – orchestrate the ecosystem to self-regulate and grow organically
- Eliminate brokers – generating more value to the youth
- Promote the domestic economy – the realization of a knowledge economy
The components of the Ajira digital program have been designed to address the main challenges that hinder the youth from benefiting from digital job opportunities. They are:
- Access to dignified work – growing the local demand, Government becoming an anchor client and positioning Kenya as a choice labor destination for multinationals globally
- Education and skills for the dynamic, always changing online jobs
- Access to infrastructure – Innovation Hubs, Kazi Connect Centers, Studio Mashinani, Y254 TV Channel
- Awareness – Building trust and confidence
Key Project Interventions
The project targets to train youth (inexperienced (new) online workers) through a one-week residential training. The training aims to equip the youth with basic soft skills and introduction to online work skills, digital marketing, and basic financial management skills across five implementation locations in Kenya namely: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Meru, and Nakuru.
In addition, the project targets to train experienced online work freelancers through a 2-day training with the aim of equipping the selected online work freelancers with skills to scale up and develop their businesses into agencies and source for more work to share with new online workers. The experienced freelancers are ultimately expected to handhold the new online workers through one-month mentorship.
Upon successful completion of the training, the participants are transitioned to one-month mentorship through handholding by the experienced freelancers. The mentorship is aimed at enhancing the trained youth’s skills on online work thereby increasing their access to online jobs.
How to Join Ajira Digital Kenya for Training
Ajira Kenya carries out ongoing training and mentorship and offers guidance on how to work online in Kenya. Spaces are limited so you have to book early. Training is offered on a first come, first served basis.
To Register for Ajira training, visit official Ajira Digital website and enroll. You will then receive an email with your booking information. Print the details as you will need to present them in order to be allowed to attend any training sessions. After registration, you will be notified via email when Ajira training sessions are available in your County.
The training, which is free of charge, lasts one week after which one is given a certificate. The requirements are simple; a personal computer, internet connection, and basic computer skills.
Pros of Ajira Digital
- Increased awareness of online jobs in Kenya
- Training and mentorship are offered free of charge, helping those who would otherwise have been unable to pay.
- Possible provision of tools of trade such as easy access to computers and the internet for the disadvantaged.
- The admin keeps editing the site regularly since its creation to weed out possible bugs.
- Thought leaders and entrepreneurs may come up with splendid online solutions due to the fact that it will give rise to increased competition.
Cons of Ajira Digital
- It may lead to a decline in the price of doing business and possibly mess up existing struggling online workers as there will be many workers but few or no jobs.
- The site only provides links to a few sites that existing online workers already know, which is nothing new.
- Their current model makes the goal of creating one million jobs is unrealistic. This is because the 1 million people targeted will need access to computers and the internet, which are still very expensive to low-income earners. Some parts of Kenya are also not connected to electricity, let alone high-speed internet connectivity. They will also need daily jobs to sustain themselves.
- Creation of jobs does not happen on the site. People are simply directed to sites that may or may not give the perceived results.
- The possibility of Ajira Digital becoming obsolete and forgotten after many young Kenyans join all these sites and don’t get the intended results leading to high chances that they will quit online work.
Ajira digital online offers different type of jobs for different professions including:
- Sales and marketing
- Software development/programming
- Data science and analytics
- Engineering and architecture
- Support and customer service
- Web design/graphics and creative design
Ajira digital ensures that they provide genuine and trusted websites that are currently looking for online workers. They, however, advise workers to do thorough research on the available websites to avoid unscrupulous websites on the internet.
Ajira digital program contacts and office locations
Ajira Digital Offices: 10th floor, Teleposta Towers, 29 Kenyatta Ave, Nairobi
Mobile contacts: +254 20 4920000/1
Facebook: Ajira Digital
Ajira Digital is a good initiative from the government. However, the government needs to improve it and find ways to link young people using the platform directly to jobs. Entrepreneurs creating online businesses would also be of great benefit to the program. They would create the jobs needed to sustain these youths as they look for work online.
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The creativity that M-Changa inspires
Mon.28 Jan. Irene Akenga,
M-Changa is a fundraising platform that allows anyone to start a campaign within their network and beyond. Lets check in some of the successful stories within the platform.
GEORGE’S SPINAL SURGERY IN INDIA
George Ambayo, born in the year 1952 is a loving husband to gospel songbird Florence Ambayo and father of two sons, Richard Oketch Otiang’a and Barnabas Yuka .
George has lived a happy and healthy life until mid-2018 when doctors diagnosed him with spondylosis and disc disease of the human spine (lower back) with maximal changes and neural compression at level L5-S1.
A compressed nerve by a prolapsed disc caused George to have leg weakness and problems related to urine and stools. As a retired accountant, he wasn’t able to come up with the funds needed to travel to India for spine surgery.
“By God’s grace when I was stuck in terms of getting the finances a good friend of mine, Joshua Ochieng introduced me to M-Changa. He told me M-Changa is a very effective organisation that can help you raise funds” – George Ambayo.
George set up a campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform M-Changa, managing to raise Ksh. 743,000 in just three weeks thanks to 235 friends, family members and well wishers who supported his campaign.
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Time Management Hacks for 9-5ers Looking to Earn an Extra Coin
A report titled Leading Economic Indicators was released by The Kenya Bureau of Statistics in June, highlighting trends in consumer price indices (CPIs) and inflation among other things. When examining the report, you will notice the inflation graph has risen steadily over the past six months, which indicates something we already know: that the cost of living is becoming increasingly expensive and earning an extra coin is something many are considering doing if they haven’t started already.
The time to create multiple streams of income has never been more urgent. The challenge that people with ‘regular jobs’ face, is to find time to actually do that. I put regular in quotes to distinguish eight to five-ers from full-time entrepreneurs. A regular job demands set time in a work space doing assigned tasks. And so, a regular worker will have to set aside time and make sacrifices to be able to earn from other streams of income.
Workplace terms and conditions have to be considered before getting excited about a side hustle or self-improvement program. Make sure you review your contract because this delicate balancing act involves you dedicating at least eight hours for work. Be meticulous in this and set daily goals you have to meet for your job. You can go an extra step and fill in a performance review form every week to keep track of your work life.
John, 38 is the head of operations at an electronics store in the city center. He has learned how to artfully manage his time between his job and side hustle. Since he does most of his hustle online, it doesn’t take away too much of his time. He reckons employment is not the ideal way to live because of uncertainty and encourages people to take on one or two income generating hustles if they can manage to do them well.
Online work could be what you need to do to supplement your income. In fact, most of the times you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home since you just need access to a computer and an internet connection. You could do product reviews, write academic papers, contribute to online magazines or rate apps for a small but steady income. Sites like the controversial Public Likes, has taken over this type of hustle by storm though you might want to exercise caution there.
When reviewing terms, you could decide to renegotiate your employment contract. Blended work forces today have seen permanent employees and freelancers work hand in hand. This could free up some time for you to take on a side hustle or go back to school.
Make realistic goals for what freelancing could mean for you. It could take a while before you see returns from the work you do. Be ready to do many free jobs or earn meager wages before you can establish your reputation as being good at what you do.
Lydia, 27 an office administrator at an upmarket security firm, has been attending evening classes to get her degree in Finance. She has come to an agreement with her employer who lets her off early so that she can do that.
When considering a career upgrade that will consume, save for it. This money will help you avoid dipping into your regular income which could then strain you financially. There are many ways to go on about this, the most popular one this season has been the fifty-two-week savings challenge (#52weeksavingchallenge)
This challenge ensures you put aside money on a weekly basis so that it accrues to a huge sum by the end of the year. The beauty of it is that it is small amounts of money that you could be using to do other things anyway. A vibrant community has been built around this challenge to help you stay motivated and to keep you accountable.
Ask. People are often afraid of uncertainty and what it could mean to their job security. The worst that could happen is they say ‘no’, in which case you can look for alternative ways to carve out time. That will prepare you to seek out shorter courses with flexible time schedules. You could carefully select a variety of free online courses being offered by prestigious universities around the world.
Work towards sustainability. The economic binds in the report I mentioned earlier bring consequences that could be felt for many months. It is important to consider evaluating the sustainability of the income you get on the side. Is it taking money out of your pocket more than you can get it back?
My experience comes from working side jobs creating content, self-improvement courses with a full-time job as well. In some instances, when time is not managed well, the hustle suffers or work suffers and that is normal. I have learnt to say ‘no’ to opportunities that would benefit less in comparison to others that would build me more.
The Pareto principle which was coined by management strategist Joseph M. Juran, emphasizes on the 80/20 rule which when dissected states that less causes more. That 20% of your effort results in 80% of the result. Hence, targeting your energy on only the things that matter gives you the best results. Virtual organizers can help you sort through your 20% so that you can focus energy for maximum result.
Article written by Gathoni Kinuthia – a freelance superstar content creator for six years and enjoys creating and curating content. She has contributed an extensive body of work to websites, corporate blogs, newspapers and magazines
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