05 May Preventing Malaria

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In his recent twitter update, Bill gates tweeted “In 2016, sharks killed four people in the entire world. Diseases spread by mosquitoes killed more than half a million people.” This is to show the deadly nature of malaria. Here are some tips to help you prevent malaria.

  •         Controlling mosquito breeding;
  •         Preventing mosquitoes from biting people;
  •         Killing adult mosquitoes before they bite people;
  •         Killing malaria parasites in the blood before they can cause malaria. This is referred to as chemoprophylaxis;
  •         Early diagnosis, timely and adequate treatment of all Malaria cases.

Prevention of malaria can aim at either:

  •         preventing infection, by avoiding bites by parasite-carrying mosquitoes, or
  •         preventing disease, by using antimalarial drugs prophylactically. The drugs do not prevent initial infection through a mosquito bite, but they prevent the development of malaria parasites in the blood, which are the forms that cause disease. This type of prevention is also called “suppression.”
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05 May Employee’s Role in National Development

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For every nation of the world- small or great- sustainable development is non-negotiable. Several factors are known to be responsible for national development, which also serve as indicators of socio-economic growth. Without a doubt, technology, productivity and innovation, just to mention a few, are visible ingredients of development.

Regardless of the industry or profession, the average worker’s introspection relates to issues like “What is my role in national development? What more can I contribute towards the sustainability of my country?” while different industries require different skillset, the abiding values that have built and sustained economies through the ages- whether ancient Egypt, Greece or Babylon, or Great Britain, Germany or Japan- remain punctuality to work or point of duty, exercise of civic duties, being law abiding, consistent productivity etc.

For a conscientious or visionary worker, the quest for national development challenges him further on the need to add more skills, get more education or training, take on more tasks, etc. And in this digital age, one cannot escape the necessity for technological and digital skills that will drive productivity and enhance one’s ability to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.

It is imperative to note that productivity is the primary role of the workforce, even though government is charged with the responsibility of making laws and policies and creating an enabling environment for national development. The question to the employee, therefore, is “How much efforts are my putting in to improve my productivity as it relates to my country’s development?”

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16 Feb Time Attendance Tool: A Win-win for Employers and Employees

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Of great importance to every business is productivity. And as the axiom goes, ‘Punctuality is the soul of business’, it is not rocket science to see that the intersection of these twin concepts suggests that punctuality is an essential ingredient to building a sustainable business.

It becomes more obvious when one considers that to competently manage today’s businesses with their progressively complex structures and demands puts a lot of pressure on the business owner. Hence, it makes business sense to utilize tools that would optimize the culture of punctuality in the workplace. Indeed, it is a sine qua non for corporate performance and productivity.

In view of this, a time and attendance tracking tool comes in handy to ensure that the process is done seamlessly. Notably, such a tool is applicable to businesses of all sizes; seeing that the goal of a business is to be profitable.

Not unexpectedly, the typical employee perceives such tool as a programmed police that stalks him or her around at work. On the contrary, the employee would do well to know that the tool has two sides to it, just like the two sides of a coin- because it not only benefits the employer with regards to staff ROI vis-a-vis loss of productivity, loss of quality output, overtime for other staff, etc., but also has embedded an employee reward mechanism.

How can this be? Simple. The time attendance application is designed with the two-pronged rationale of ensuring productivity and growth for the company and rewarding employees who help the business owner achieve their goals. A win-win situation.

So, the functionalities of the tool ensure, on one hand, that employee punctuality/time management is not compromised, and, on the other hand, ensures that the employer meets up with obligation promptly. Thus, a time and attendance application is designed to ensure timeliness, dutifulness, innovative problem solving skills, coupled with staff engagement and satisfaction.

Some of the identified features of a time and attendance system according to TechTarget include:

  • Tracking employee hours.
  • Tracking wages paid.
  • Automating payroll processes.
  • Complying with government regulations.
  • Ensuring that employees receive proper compensation for overtime.
  • Minimizing errors in bookkeeping.
  • Breaking down processes and events into tables, graphs, and charts.
  • Integration with financial analytics, business intelligence/business analytics (BI/BA) and human resources management systems.   

So when next you hear about time and attendance management tool, see it as it is: your productivity partner.

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