Excellence Awards: Tigo Ghana Wins Best Communications Team

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Tigo Ghana Communications Team

The Corporate Communications team of Tigo Ghana have been adjudged as the ‘Best Communications Team’ at the African Excellence Awards held in Cape Town, South Africa on April 21, 2016.

As front-runners the Corporate Communications wing of Tigo Ghana limited were recognized for their rock-solid efforts in reshaping the reputation of the business and engaging with stakeholders using various strategies and tactics.

The Corporate Communications Department was formed in July 2014 with a specific mandate to help the business build on its transformation agenda.

Some of the key projects the team has worked on to build an enviable reputation for Tigo include a series engagements on network investments, products, marketing and customer operations campaigns, and most notably on the CSR front, Shelter 4 Education and the Mobile Digital Library projects.

Speaking on the team’s outstanding achievements, the Director for Corporate Affairs, Gifty Bingley said, “We are thrilled to receive this award because it reinforces the strong track record we have established for delivering compelling content, campaigns and staff engagements. We thank the Millicom Group, the Ghana Leadership team, colleagues, and projects partners for their excellent collaborative support.”

Roshi Motman, CEO Tigo Ghana

Congratulating the team on the award, the CEO for Tigo Ghana, Roshi Motman, was full of praise for the team’s contribution to Tigo Ghana’s excellent business results over the last two years. “Great teams creates great results and I am proud of the excellent achievements by Gifty and the team”, she said.

The African Excellence Awards is dedicated to recognizing the changing fortunes of businesses across Africa and honoring outstanding achievements in the field of Public Relations and Communications.

Winners were chosen based on outcomes from months of rigorous and in-depth research, careful examination of performance over the past year, methods, market and competitor reviews.

Other big winners include Fleishman Hillard as Agency of the Year, Grayling was adjudged Newcomer Agency of the Year, Safaricom in Kenya picked up Best Multi-Market Communication; the Rezidor Hotel picked up the Best Crises Communication plan for the Ebola pandemic in Sierra Leone. The Corporate Advertising Award went to Ogilvy and Mather in Namibia while Change Communication went to the Malaria Consortium in Uganda.

The 5 member team are responsible for Tigo’s external and internal communications, Social Investment and Corporate Responsibility portfolios. They have since merged with the Regulatory and Government relations team to become Corporate Affairs.


Ways to stay productive at the workplace (2)

Productivity hacks for PR practitioners

…Continued from Ways to stay productive at the workplace

  • Don’t get distracted

Between 8am to 5pm, we are all at some point bound to get distracted at work. These distractions come in the form of either trying to juggle competing tasks, answering tweets and chats, moving to another department to chit chat, etc. Notwithstanding these “necessary evils”, it’s always best to focus on completing your current task before moving onto anything else.

The secret is for you to stick to your to-do list, and not allow distractions get the better of you. Once you are side-tracked by one thing, it could lead to another, and then another; until you remember that work is piling up, you are not meeting deadlines or can’t even remember what you were doing in the first place.

Make a change, and stop wasting your time playing Candy Crush, Zuma, Tetris or that game on your phone or PC. At the workplace, you need to stay motivated, and so keep your attention fixed on completing task(s) at hand.

  • Don’t take on more than you can chew

The last thing you want to do is to be tagged as the person who doesn’t get things done. You will only end up taking a lot of flack from your supervisor or in a worst case scenario, lose your job.

The truth is that employers these days are looking for people who can get the job done no matter what. Thus, if something is militating against your performance or side-tracking you from completing a project or task, tell whoever needs to know at the earliest opportunity. Once you are honest and direct about it, you might be able to get the desired assistance.

Furthermore, if there is the need to delegate or rope in others to help with the task, call on them for assistance. Don’t try being a Superhero at work place. Be a Team player.

  •  Ask questions

You have been given a task. You wanted to impress your boss, so didn’t care to ask the relevant question(s). Thirty (30) minutes into it, you have no idea as to how to go about it. That attitude, my friend, will always delay you and make you unproductive. To be productive, you have to be ready to be inquisitive, share your opinions, and don’t always accept a yes/no answer.

Asking questions is the best way to make sure your job is done to the highest standard possible, and getting answers also ensures that you know everything there is to know about it. The quality of your work isn’t worth compromising on just because you avoided asking for someone’s advice.

And you know how the saying goes: a curious person is an interested person.

  • Keep meetings short

For those who are involved in meetings a lot of the time, I will advise that you set an agenda, cover the main points, and share actions afterwards. If this is done, it gives the meeting a sense of direction and from dragging on for too long, and wasting time on unnecessary small talk.

So plan wisely, finish meeting on time and use the time you’ve saved on more productive tasks.

  • Regular breaks = Staying productive

Sometimes your body needs a time out to be able to work at its best. Thus, it is always essential to take time for regular breaks – even if it’s just standing up and having a stretch.

If your job involves sitting down all day, make sure you’re moving around regularly to avoid any awkward muscle cramps – and to stay alert. On the other hand, if you’re always standing, have regular sitting down breaks to rest your legs.

For those who sit behind computer screens, it is always advisable to give yourself occasional breaks. Lest I forget, remember to stay hydrated because this will help boost your productivity.

Do you have any ideas to share about ways you stay productive at the work place? Share them with us. 


Ways to stay productive at the workplace

Productivity hacks for PR practitioners

As a Communications or PR professional, have you found yourself screaming TGIF at the end of the working week but struggling to get yourself out of bed; dreading the Monday morning workload a few days later?

Are you often caught in the middle of the battle between “Me time” and “Work time”? i.e. being tempted to occasionally pick up the phone to post a tweet, check out a post/gossip on social media or send a hello to a colleague on Whatsapp, which later evolves into an hour long conversation.

Do you feel like you are beginning to slack six (6) weeks into your new job and having a situation, where you have to navigate through what seemingly looks like a landmine to meet your job targets?

If you find yourself in any of these categories, i want to share with you some ways, i ensure that i stay productive at the workplace:

  • Start the night before

Before the Monday morning rush hour begins, borrow some time for yourself the night before in order to ensure that you are fully prepared for the start of the working week.

Use the night before to plan your activities for the week. Take stock of what needs to be done and what you will need for the first day of the working week. If possible, plan out your week well ahead of time.

Furthermore, ensure that things like your wardrobe for the week are taken care of. It might surprise you that a simple tasks like choosing an outfit to iron on a Monday morning can become stressful, when you are doing it at 7am.

Doing all of these will ensure that you are going to retire to bed and knowing that you can get a good night’s sleep – which is absolutely vital in guaranteeing that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the first working day of the week.

  • Make it a point to always get to work early

Punctuality is the key to making a good impression from the get-go. If you happen to work in any major city in Ghana, especially Accra, it is always imperative to get to work early. If you doubt me, try getting to work at a place like East Legon or Spintex after 7am.

Getting to work early does not only ensure that you beat the thick traffic, which usually welcomes commuters on a Monday morning but also affords you enough time to relax once you get to work and plan your work routine before you start the day.

  • Prioritize your tasks

There is a saying that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. I also believe that those who fail to prioritize, plan to be unproductive or at worse average.

In order to be productive at work, it is always vital to create a to-do list; with the most important stuff first, and set deadlines for yourself. This could be done in a diary, note pad or if you happen to work a lot from your computer like I do, you can use the virtual sticky pad.

Adopting this approach and an organised plan for the day ensures that you are able to work from a stress-free point of view, and having the knowledge that the most pressing tasks are going to be out of the way first.

  • Hit the ground running

You have had a good and long respite from work and once you get to work on Monday, the normal routine would be to chit chat with colleagues about how their weekend went. Ever found yourself using the first few hours of your Monday to do this? Don’t worry. You are not alone. Most of us are guilty of this.

It is often said that how you begin anything is essential. So how you start your first working day of the week should always matter. Though often seen as a busy day, the truth is that it also comes with some energy, which must be harnessed to get the best out of the day. For instance, if you have a major task to undertake, just get on with it straightaway and achieve some early week goals and targets.

As Charles Darwin rightly puts it, “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Don’t waste time once you get to work. Get busy.

Read more about Ways to stay productive at the workplace tomorrow.

A Double-Do evening encounter with Dr. Joyce Aryee and Mawuko Afadzinu

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Dr. Joyce Aryee and Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu

The Institute of Public Relations Ghana (IPR Ghana), will be organizing a special two-pronged evening encounter with two of their senior members; who are world class PR practitioners to share some insights on the best practices in PR globally. This special ‘double-do evening encounter’ targets professional PR practitioners, PR students drawn from our universities, and the public.

Dr. Joyce Aryee will mentor students by looking at ‘Essential Habits for effective PR Practice’ and Mr Mawuko Afadzinu will walk the audience through ‘The beauty and the Beast: PR’s best practices’.

Dr. Joyce Aryee is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana and other professional bodies. She was the CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and had to deal with several PR challenges in the mining industry. Auntie Joyce, as she is affectionately called, is a Senior Mentor for the African Leadership Initiative (ALI), a leadership formation programme. She currently serves on Councils/ Boards of several organizations.

Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu is an Accredited member and the current Vice President of IPR. He is the head of Marketing and Communications at Stanbic Bank with several years of media and PR practice with expertise gained from different sectors.

These two PR gurus will deal with what others may consider the pitfalls of PR practice and what attitudes one must cultivate as a PR professional to ride all the storms one may encounter along the professional paths.

Dates: Tuesday, 5th April, 2016

Venue: The British Council Hall

Time: 4.30pm – 7.30pm

Rate: Free!