Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) to fete People-centric workplaces in new initiative

Exercise to measure systems and policies that encourage employee growth  


Nairobi, 1st March 2017 … FKE has today launched an initiative in recognition of organizations that promote and encourage best practices in Performance, People Management, and Industrial Relations. Dubbed, Employer of the Year Awards (EYA) the annual fete will conduct a survey among its’ members with the aim of establishing bare minimum standards of responsibility to and among employees who run the organizations.

“It is generally acceptable that employers take care of the business value chain, hence require no individual recognition of their initiatives. What EYA seeks to do is turn this perception and focus on the holistic development of the organization that focuses on both the employee needs and the enterprise at large” Said Julius Korir – Principal Secretary for Investment and Industry, Trade, and Cooperatives.

In a survey that will be carried out by PWC, employers will be assessed on 8 key areas covering; Leadership and Governance; Corporate Performance; Responsible Business Conduct; Inclusiveness and Diversity; Work Environment; Learning and Development and Human/ Industry Relations.

“As most will observe, the most important factor of production of an enterprise is its workforce and to this, they need motivation, recognition, and value. While this is critical, we also need to look at those employers that are putting extra investment to  develop and nurture capabilities so that we can learn from them, to set industry benchmarks that we can measure against” Said Jacqueline Mugo- Executive Director  & CEO, FKE

Largely, the market has been without an industry framework that employers can reference to and learn from for improved productivity. The findings of this initiative will be consolidated into guidelines that are expected to help employers as well as incorporate their role within the framework of business reforms in the country.

“A key challenge for the government has been in the provision of decent employment to our people and especially the youth. Recognizing the efforts of employers will help improve productivity and competitiveness of the enterprise that can then absorb a larger workforce and help lift our people from poverty and improve the standards of living” Added PS., Investment, and Industry – Julius Korir.

Last year, the Kenyan job market was made up of 15.1Million people up from a previous 14.3 Million in 2014 a total of 713,600 who were employed in the formal sector and 128,000 in the informal sector.

“A common refrain is that only big firms have the capacity and ability to adopt fair and inclusive employment practices, as a platform for the articulation of employer and labor issues, we hope to address key concerns of the employers in Kenya in the areas of socio-economic development while working towards a guiding framework for operations”, Added FKE CEO – Jacqueline Mugo.