Mastering time management at work.

Staffs having a pictorial moment after an in-house training in August 2021 at head office.

We’ve all experienced the woes of time management at work. You wake up hopeful and optimistic not only will you meet all your deadlines. Then life happens. You leave late, you hit traffic, and you arrive at your desk already frustrated with the world. The good news is that there are ways to reclaim those seemingly elusive lost hours of the day. It’s all about personal time management manage your time instead of letting it manage you. Worry less Check out some tips to help manage time.

Figure out how you’re currently spending your time. If you’re going to optimize your personal time management, you first need to figure out where the time is going. Try diligently logging your time for a week by tracking your daily activities. This audit will help you: Determine how much you can feasibly accomplish in a day, identify time consuming activities and focus on what provides the greatest returns. 

Prioritize wisely. As you organize your to-do list, prioritization is key for successful time management at work. Start by eliminating tasks that you shouldn’t be performing in the first place. Then identify the three or four most important tasks and do those first—that way, you make sure you finish the essentials. Evaluate your to-do list and make sure you organized it based on the importance of a task rather than its urgency.

Get organized. For effective time management, this tip needs to actually go on your to-do list. If you have piles of papers scattered all over your desk, finding the one you actually need will be like finding a needle. Little things make a big difference. Create a filing system for documents you only have to do it once, but you get the benefits forever.

Create a daily schedule—and stick with it. This step is absolutely crucial for learning how to manage time at work. Don’t even attempt to start your day without an organized to-do list. Before you leave work for the day, create a list of the most pressing tasks for the next day. This step allows you to get going as soon as you get to the office.

Avoid the urge to multitask. This is one of the simplest time management tips for work, yet it can be one of the hardest to follow. Focus on the task at hand and block out all distractions. It can be tempting to multitask, but you’re just shooting yourself in the foot when you attempt to do so. You lose time and decrease productivity when switching from one task to another.

Eliminate distractions. Social media, web browsing, co-workers, text messages, instant messaging the distractions at work can be limitless. A key to personal time management is being proactive about getting rid of them. Take baby steps. Identify your top two distractions and focus on conquering those for two weeks.

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Multiple project management at work.

It can be even more difficult for a project manager to manage multiple projects at the same time. The manager might need to focus on one task while others are focusing on another. This can make it hard for people who are trying to work together because they’ll need to split up their attention. Here are some few tips to manage multiple projects at work:

Prioritize tasks Prioritize the higher priority work first and de-prioritize less urgent work at the same time. Do what you can to schedule tasks that need to be done as soon as possible in your calendar early so it doesn’t get taken over by less urgent work. The project manager must know which tasks will have a greater impact on the organization and prioritize effectively. This will help keep your project schedule on track and reduce missed deadlines. It’s a good practice to re prioritize work in light of a new project or other project schedules.

Adjust your plan through regular reviews It does not make sense to stick with the original plan no matter what. Being flexible is an extremely important attribute that an effective leader must-have. When you manage multiple projects, there are several unknown variables that can sometimes change your entire outlook. The smart thing to do is to hold regular review sessions where you update the original plan in order to successfully complete all your projects

Stay focused While you balance multiple projects at once, you are bound to give less attention to the task you are currently occupied with. In order to become an effective project manager, you must stay focused on the task at hand. One way of achieving this is to assign a specific time to each project according to their priority. Through this way, you can ensure that your attention remains undivided.

Assign tasks to a single owner If you’re the only person who should be working on one task, assign it to yourself. This helps you stay on the same page with the rest of your team and helps clarify priorities and workload. If there is work that needs to be completed by different people on your team, make sure you have a project management system in place so there isn’t any confusion.

Know when to delegate A good leader knows when to take charge and when to trust her team members. You must have a relationship of trust with your team and delegate tasks and assign them when you have too much on your plate.

Keep it simple and easy enough for your entire team to make sure that everyone is clear about the status of a task as it moves through your team’s workflow, consider defining and broadcasting your custom workflow with each step mapped out for the team to understand. This will keep everything organized and help ensure that all tasks are completed in a timely manner! Prioritize, assign and update status to get work done.

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Rostwa day.

Rostwa Engineers Limited was founded 12 years ago on 27.04.2019, its been a long journey but still long way to go. For this year it was celebrated on 01.05.2021(Labour day) in order to celebrate the new head office blessing(grand opening) and 12th year anniversary.

It was a function graced with Prayers and few speeches from Directors,Administrators and lastly guest of Honor(Hon. Makmot Edward Otto) we still continue to thank all our guests who honored the invitation.

We still continue to thank our Partners,Clients and staff for all the efforts in making Rostwa Engineers Limited a better company.we will continue to follow our values and fulfill the needs of our Clients as our motto goes EXCELLENT NEVER IS ENOUGH.

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Tips on financial management.

Have you ever wondered why you have no financial growth no matter how you try? There are some simple things you can do right now to improve your money situation.  If you stick to these five tips, your financial problems may start to diminish, and you can start reaping the rewards of lower debt, and saving for the future.

Flesh out Your Plan Your budget is key to success. It is the tool that will give you the most control of your financial future. Your budget is the key to achieving the rest of your plan. A financial plan is essential in helping you reach your financial goals. The plan should have multiple steps or milestones. A sample plan might include creating a monthly budget and spending plan, then getting out of debt.

Rostwa Engineers staff having A corporate social responsibility at St.Moses in Jinja(2018)

Make and Stick to a Budget A budget will also help you decide how to spend your money over the coming months and years. Without the plan, you might spend cash on things that seem important now, but don’t offer much in terms of enhancing your future. Many people get caught in this situation and get down on themselves for not reaching the financial milestones they want for their family and their own life.

Detail Your Financial Goals Take some time to write specific, long-term financial goals. All of these goals will affect how you plan your finances. For example, your goal to retire early is dependent on how well you save your money now Once you have written down your financial goals, prioritize them. This organizational process ensures that you are paying the most attention to the ones that are of the highest importance to you.

Pay off Debt Debt is a huge obstacle for many when it comes to reaching financial goals. That’s why you should make eliminating it a priority. Set up a plan to eliminate debts to help you pay it off more quickly. For example, while making minimum payments on all of your debt accounts, pay any extra money towards one debt at a time. After paying off one debt account, move all the money you were paying on the first debt to the next debt and continue from there, creating a debt-pay down .

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Advice Once you have grown your savings and need to begin investing to increase your wealth, speak to a financial planner/advisor to help make wise investment decisions. A good adviser will share the risks involved in each investment and help you find products that match your comfort level and investing return needs while helping you work toward your goals as quickly as possible. A financial planner can also help you with your budget.

REMEMBER EXCELLENCE NEVER IS ENOUGH

A staff at Lyantonde site in western Uganda(2019)

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Team players and their qualities.

If you have chosen team members for a project in your organization,but still one feels their is need to make check list on the qualities of a good team player ,below are some of the few qualities of a good team player;

Communicates constructively Teams need people who speak up and express their thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly, and with respect for others and for the work of the team. That’s what it means to communicate constructively. Such a team member does not shy away from making a point but makes it in the best way possible in a positive, confident, and respectful manner.

Works as a problem-solver Teams, of course, deal with problems. Sometimes, it appears, that’s the whole reason why a team is created to address problems. Good team players are willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner. They’re problem-solvers, not problem-dwellers, problem-blamers, or problem-avoiders.

Functions as an active participant Good team player are active participants. They come prepared for team meetings, listen and speak up in discussions. They’re fully engaged in the work of the team. Team members who function as active participants take the initiative to help make things happen, and they volunteer for assignments

Shares openly and willingly Good team players shares information, knowledge, and experience. They take the initiative to keep other team members informed. Much of the communication within teams takes place informally. Beyond discussion at organized meetings, team members need to feel comfortable talking with one another and passing along important news and information day-to-day.

Exhibits flexibility Teams often deal with changing conditions and often create changes themselves. Good team players roll with the punches; they adapt to ever-changing situations. They don’t complain or get stressed out because something new is being tried or some new direction is being set. In addition, a flexible team member can consider different points of views and compromise when needed to offer.

Shows commitment to the team Strong team players care about their work, the team, and the team’s work. They show up every day with this care and commitment up front. They want to give a good effort, and they want other team members to do the same.

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Integrity in a Workplace

Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is seeing and this begins with your individual choice to always act in accordance with strong moral principles, no matter the situation. exhibiting integrity in all your work interactions, you will get unwavering confidence and purpose and Others will become inspired by your way of interacting. Few ways to have integrity at work are noted below

Tell the Truth It’s easy to be transparent when the news is good. When the news is positive, you shout it from the rooftops but how do you behave when the news is bad? How do you tell your boss the difficult news like a critical meeting that did not go as planned? You have to tell the truth. Most bosses will forgive a few mistakes presented if you tell the unvarnished truth and this builds trust.

Give Credit Where It’s Due In certain companies, it is hard to get the credit you deserve. However, you will find that the more you credit others with helping you out, the more credit you will accrue in return. Giving credit where it’s due helps increase performance. “I could not have completed this report without Brian’s phenomenal assistance,” you can say. Better, thank Brian in an email and copy all who worked on the project.

Practice Open Communication Integrity in the workplace means handling the difficult conversation with grace and professionalism. When others report to you, they want candid communication about their job performance. If you have to review someone who is under performing, you owe it to them to let them know what he/she is doing wrong. Then, outline the steps they can take to improve. Work out a timeline for when you will both meet again to see if they have been able to turn things around.

Meet All Deadlines Integrity in the workplace starts with honoring deadlines. No one, least of all your boss, wants to hear the many reasons why you couldn’t honor a deadline. All she wants to hear is that the work is ready. You will prove yourself a person of integrity if you come through when you say you will.

Try Collaboration Instead of Competition Some workplaces promote competition between teams for profitable assignments, for new business pitches, and for developing new work methods. Strive to foster a friendly rivalry rather than a cutthroat one. You will portray yourself as a team player, and others will want to work with you. Let others know that you’re willing to share the direction you’re exploring and the information you’re uncovering in hopes of arriving at the best solution collaboratively.

Be Accountable for Your Actions Only cowards pass the buck. Those with integrity take responsibility, even when it means having to admit one’s shortcomings. “I think we did not study the competition deeply enough,” you can say to your team. “But I have an approach that will help us all get smarter, faster. “When you’re accountable each and every time, your team will rally behind you when needed.

 Don’t Abuse Your Position Continually show your employer that you are worthy of the trust she/he put in you to do your best work. Demonstrate your integrity by never abusing any of your freedom and autonomy with personal phone calls, Internet searches, or too much socializing with coworkers. In addition, when you always deliver on what you promise, others will trust that you are a woman or man of your word.

 Offer Respect to Every Colleague Set a great example by respecting your colleague’s boundaries both physical and emotional. If you notice that a colleague looks stressed or anxious, offer to help ease some of his/her workload. (If they reject your offer, respect that, too.) Furthermore, you show respect by giving others a chance to be heard and honoring their opinions and input.

Conclusion Integrity is a common denominator of a rewarding and successful career. By demonstrating integrity in the workplace, you’re able to find balance between respect and responsibility. Not only will your positive attributes lead you to have better relationships with coworkers, but you will find more fulfillment from your work because you know you’re performing in alignment with your best self. Become a model of integrity in your workplace. You will set the tone for appropriate behavior and overall professionalism across your organization. The rewards will come in the form of mutual respect and rapid advancement.

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The festive season is back again.

2020 has been a difficult year, and most of us are looking forward to a well-earned rest over the Christmas break. However, the festive period can sometimes be a challenging time – especially if we are not able to see our friends or family as we usually would. Here are some tips to help you keep safe and fresh during the festive season.

Schedule some ‘me’ time the festive period can feel very busy, and demands can be put on us by others. Keep some time aside for yourself to catch up on your favorite shows, go for a walk, do something that will make you happy -you deserve it!

Look after your health the festive period can be a time for excess, but it’s important we still keep truck on our healthy eating and drinking, stick to good sleep habits, and exercise regularly. Regular exercise can help reduce the risk of getting the virus.

Keep yourself and others safe This year things will be different due Covid-19 restrictions, but they are so important to keep both you and your loved ones safe. Follow government guidelines and be assertive with anyone who asks you to break these – for their health and yours.

Ventilation One of the things you can do to reduce the impact of COVID-19 is to keep a couple of windows open and keep the house ventilated. Allowing the air to keep flowing around your house will reduce the risk of people catching COVID-19 if they are in the house mixing with people.

Social distancing Technically these rules can be scrapped over the Christmas period – but people who are worried about hugging vulnerable people should try and keep their distance anyway. Staying 2 meters apart from family and friends is a sensible way to reduce the risk. If you are concerned, wearing a mask would be another way to reduce any possible spread.

Washing your hands Is still an important tool to curb the virus. Especially if you’re going out before you meet others for Christmas, be sure to wash your hands regularly. This is even more important if you’re going to use public transport to get home.

Extra cleaning and don’t share items the guidance also recommends taking extra precautions such as cleaning surfaces and contact points like door handles over the Christmas period too. Ideally, Christmas dinner guests should be social distanced as much as. But if the table is small, experts say at least don’t share plates or cups.

At least reduce your contacts the best thing to do in the week before Christmas is to reduce your contacts with the outside world. That means cancelling visits to see family, friends, the supermarket and slashing the time you spend outside of the house. Even if you don’t catch corona-virus, there’s still a chance you could come into contact with a positive case and be told to isolate just before the holiday period starts – which would ruin any plans.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED 2021.KEEP STAYING SAFE

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Team building for employees in a company

Every organization needs to make employees feel like they are important members of the team, and not just another body. You can do that by encouraging your staff to participate in a team building because it has impacts  that builds the company. Here are some reasons why team building is important for the workplace.

Reveals Hidden Skills Many employees sometimes feel they’re not given an opportunity to show everything they’re capable of doing. But in a more relaxed environment, they might lose some of those inhibitions and reveal some of their hidden skills. Plus, you will learn more about who they are as individuals.

Boosts Team Work As simple as a team building event might be, it gives employees a chance to work as a team. So, when the time to actually work as a team comes, they’ll know what to do and what is expected of them. While many of your employees know how to work independently and take direction from their supervisors, some of them might find it more challenging collaborating with their colleagues.

Improves Communication Employees might feel comfortable communication with people around them at work or with their direct supervisors. The question is, are they comfortable communicating with employees who work in different departments or with people who work on the other side of the office? Team building helps bridge this gap and gives employees the tools to be able to better communicate with one another this gives them security that they don’t have to face challenges alone.

Builds Trust Employers  might be surprised by the lack of trust among employees in the workplace but by allowing team building practices in your company, you will give your employees the change to build trust with their colleagues. When employees feel more trusting, they’re more likely to bounce ideas off each other and this could potentially increase productivity.

Better Conflict Resolution Conflict resolution is a big part of any job. However, how employees’ approach and handle conflict can be significantly improved if team building is in place. This is true for conflict resolution. When they feel like they can trust and communicate with their peers, they’ll be able to solve conflicts in a more efficient way.

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Mistakes at work places and how to get over them.

Making mistakes at workplace is a very common thing. We all must have made blunders in the office at least once in our career but how we handle those mistakes and reduce its after effect is what matters the most. People do not make mistakes intentionally, but due to high work pressure, lack of information or decision taken in a hurry, mistakes are due to happen. While we cannot avoid the mistakes at workplace, but we can learn about how to handle these mistakes gracefully.

 Acknowledge your Mistake As soon as you realize that you have committed a mistake, acknowledge it. If the mistake is small, which can be rectified before people are affected, take the action immediately. While if the mistake is a serious one, immediately inform your boss about it. Never ignore the mistake and run away from it. Even if you do not admit, people will find out that the mistake has been committed by you. So, it is always better to admit it yourself and show a professional behavior.

Work on a plan to correct your mistake Mistakes cannot be ignored. Once you realize that you have made a mistake, immediately analyze the after effects of that mistake and what you can do to minimize or avoid those effects. Your boss will appreciate, if you acknowledge that you have made a mistake and give in plans how to rectify it. It is very important that your boss knows about the situation and the plan to rectify it, so that he can support.

Investigate on why made the mistake Before taking action to correct the mistake, think about what led you to make that mistake. Was it due to lack of information, data errors, technical problem, a gap in the process or may be just your wrong approach or attitude? It is important to understand the root cause of the problem so that you can firstly find a solution to rectify it, and then correct the root cause so that such mistake is not repeated in the future.

Move on Remember that, mistakes can happen with anyone and no one is perfect. Once the chapter about the mistake is over, just move on it. Do not keep that guilt in your mind. You made a mistake, apologized for it and corrected it, so the next step is to leave it behind and move ahead. If you carry the guilt or be afraid of the mistakes, you will not be able to work efficiently.

Ensure that the same mistake is not repeated in future Employees are appreciated if they learn from their mistakes and ensure that the same mistake is never repeated. After analyzing the root cause of the problem, take all the measures to correct the root cause, so that not only you, but others will also be prevented from making that mistake.

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Ways to Make Yourself Better At Your Job

To make yourself better at your job, you shouldn’t just focus on delivering better reports or spending more time with your bosses. Being better at your job is a matter of self-development. The following are some of the first five ways to be better at your job;        

Be adaptable to change. Nothing is going to stay the same during the course of your work. With that said, there are always going to be change in your work environment. The way you work this year may not necessarily be the same with the way you work next year. It’s important that you maintain the quality of your work (and even improve it!) so that your boss will pay more attention to you.

Think differently. Go the extra mile and create productive things related to the construction industry. Volunteer to speak at your company’s events and even to represent your company when you’re invited. Don’t just conform to the traditional way of thinking–it’s okay to challenge preconceived notions once in a while

Prioritize and get the most important things done.You can easily be overwhelmed by your workload if you constantly face concerns and if you let these concerns easily pile up. For you to do the most important things, relate them to your job first. Ask yourself: will doing this ultimately make yourself better at your job? Will this make a difference? If yes, then, go for it. If no, it’s better that you delegate it and let someone else deal with the not-so-important matters.

Build–and consistently sustain–your network. Have you ever heard the saying that your income is the average income of the five people who you hang out the most? Make sure to connect, reach out and develop sustainable relationships with authorities in your field as you’re going to need them to help you work on your skills and knowledge.

Always keep updated with the current events in your industry. Innovation is one of the factors that can help in construction company. For you and your company to succeed, you need to have a significant competitive advantage that can help put your company at the top of the game. All the resources that you need are available online. For a better understanding, you can even attend seminars and trade shows that can be valuable in shaping your skills and knowledge.

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