13 Dec Tips to Stay Healthy and Happy During the Holidays

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Christmas, New Year’s — these are supposed to be times of celebration, togetherness, and happiness. Yet, they can bring challenges to our physical and emotional health. Here are eight tips for staying healthy and happy during this season of joy.

  1. Eat well. It’s common to pack on 5-10 pounds during the holiday season, but there are ways you can eat both healthy and well! Know which foods are high in caloric content and low in nutrition. Don’t deprive yourself of such treats, but indulge in moderation. Eat smaller meals instead of “saving yourself” for one huge buffet. Opt for healthy options at home, and when visiting others, bring a healthy dish to share. Be careful of liquid calories, including alcoholic beverages.
  2. Stay active. Exercise is just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year. You should be active at least four to five times a week, preferably with some aerobic exercise every day. Enlist your loved ones to join you for quality bonding time.
  3. Prevent illness and injuries. Colds and the flu are most prevalent in the winter. Prevent them by washing your hands regularly and urging others to do the same. Stay warm by dressing in layers. Watch young ones and assist the elderly, who are at increased risk of falls and other injuries during this time.
  4. Check your heating system. Install a carbon monoxide detector and test it once a month. Keep grills and generators out of the house, and don’t run your car for long periods of time in the garage. Most residential fires also occur in the winter; never leave fireplaces, stoves, and candles unattended.
  5. Travel safely. Whether you are going down the block or halfway across the world, follow extra precautions. Give yourself plenty of time in the additional holiday traffic. Never drink and drive. Be on the lookout for reports of extreme weather and heed warnings. If you’re traveling away from home, make sure to pack and take your medications. Know how to contact your doctor when you are away and have a medical problem, and where the local ER is.
  6. De-stress. Holidays can be a stressful time. You may be working, and feel the stress of managing your work duties along with additional commitments to your friends and family. You may feel the financial stress of gifts and the interpersonal stress of conflicts. Try to anticipate sources of stress and develop a plan to manage them. This may involve committing to fewer get-togethers or setting a tighter budget. Don’t feel guilty; you have to take care of yourself before you can take of others.
  7. Help others. Depression and suicidality increase during the holidays. Watch for signs of depression among your friends and family. Take an active role to support those in need. Invite those colleagues or friends who are alone over the holidays to spend time with you. Volunteer and give to those less fortunate.
  8. Treat yourself. The holiday spirit is about helping others around you, but you also have to make time to take care of yourself. So treat yourself with something over the holidays. It may be something as simple as sleep. Wake up late and enjoy a day of rest; you need it. How about reading that book you’ve been meaning to for a long time, or getting a manicure or massage? Take the time to do the things that make you happy.

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08 Dec Managing Employee Performance Problems

Employee-Recognition-GiftSManaging team is more than just hiring and motivating hard workers. Even the best managers will encounter challenging employees who, due to poor performance or personality conflicts, are dragging down the morale and productivity of their whole team. As a manager, it’s your job to stop the damage as the purpose of performance management is to help the employee be successful and to draw boundaries for appropriate behaviour on the job.

Performance management is undoubtedly a significant part of every manager’s job. The primary task of managers is to deliver high productivity by utilizing his/her team to reach its potential. Of course this is far from easy or simple. And periodically, even with effective management, motivated employees and a healthy environment, there will be some employees who are failing to meet performance expectations.

Managing a team effectively isn’t just about good staffing and then motivating your all stars. Over time, your best efforts aside, you will face challenging employees, who will always cause unneeded stress at work, whether it’s due to low quality performance or personality problems. Very often at work when people see difficult employees, they just avoid them. As the leader, you can’t do that. It’s your job to stop any damage they’re creating and to help them improve as professionals. Think of it this way, most of your team, most of the time, will function effectively.

And your job is to protect them from dynamics that can hurt morale and productivity. Nothing threatens morale and productivity faster than having a member of the team performing or acting inappropriately. How to appropriately react to poor performance is one of a manager’s biggest challenges.

A good manager is meant to draw up a model that helps take care of performance problems and improve employee performance. Below are some tips that can aid a manager to succeed in managing employee performance problems: Be specific with facts in hand, Consider the needs of your employees, Focus on feedback, Provide Performance Support Technology, Offer rewards and recognition.

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30 Nov Multifreight Nig LTD Selects TAMS as their HR Solution Provider

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We are pleased to announce that Multifreight Nigeria Limited has chosen TAMS as a preferred choice to help her with employee time management and HR processes.

Since her establishment, Multifreight has evolved along time as one of the leading freight forwarding company in Nigeria; they possess exponential vast strength in providing total innovative solutions in the logistics business in Nigeria with immense facilities in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
To key into the organization’s set core values which are Integrity, Trust and Timely delivery, the management concluded that a solution that will help manage employees from recruitment to retirement from a central location to enhance swift service delivery is urgently needed hence why the organization scouted for a solution that will best suit her course.
TAMS is a time-management focused human resources solution designed to help organizations of all sizes and in all sectors transit from manual systems and spreadsheets to a web-based, automated and customizable human resource information system. With over 1,000 clients in different parts of Nigeria and Ghana, TAMS is renowned for its affordability and ease of use. It is interesting to note that attributes such as these have made it a workplace solution of choice for small, medium and large organizations.
Launched in 2012 as a time attendance management system, the introduction of the highly secured cloud service has made TAMS more robust by giving users the opportunity to monitor employees’ productivity on any smart device anywhere in the world.

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30 Nov FREE HR SOFTWARE FOR SMALL COMPANIES

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The startup phase of a company is very critical. It is a time when the owner is experimenting, learning, exploring and venturing into new areas. At that critical phase in the life of a business, whatever resources in terms of capital, labour, strategic and operational tools that can be rendered would be welcome.

For the small business or startup, that actually means a lot. As a dreamer, builder and doer, the only thing that matters to the entrepreneur is the successful launch and survival of the company. It is not surprising that as employees grow, the last thing on the business owner’s mind is additional cost on human resource management software.

While giveaways have never lost attraction and appreciation, they are few and far between. For the business owner, however, a giveaway is meaningless if it does not help to save cost. That is what TAMS, a robust homegrown time management-focused human resource management application, patented by the Federal Government of Nigeria as an “invention… for public good”, has committed to doing with its freemium classic account for companies with less than 25 employees.

With the capacity to accommodate the user’s needs, TAMS helps in providing the initial leverage required to launch and build a business steadily without worrying about budgets and costs. For sure, TAMS has a growing list of large companies, but the fact that it was developed by a team that understands what it means to grow from the streets of Lagos to getting international recognition such as invitation by the White House to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley in 2016, makes it the ultimate support mechanism for young businesses.

Designed to help the contemporary business owner manage employees for optimum performance, TAMS Classic provides unparalleled benefits with the following features:

  • Employee data management
  • Leave & exemption management
  • Appraisal management
  • Training management
  • Shift management
  • Recruitment management
  • Communications
  • Productivity management

Reputed for its customer-centricity, TAMS has a designated team of experts to train and support users. To get started, log on to TAMS Portal  or call 08083846345, 08054539109 for free consultation.

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17 Nov HR Practitioners Discuss Employee Motivation

motivateWithout a doubt motivation is a key factor to getting work done. Not just done, but done well. It has been proven that motivation pushes an employee to succeed, seeing that a well-motivated employee goes the extra mile to get things done.
According to Wikipedia, “Motivation is the reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation is also one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior”.

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person– not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” Anne M. Mulcahy

There are always internal & external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal. Motivation results from the interaction of both conscious and unconscious factors such as the intensity of desire or need, incentive or reward value of the goal and expectations of the individual and of his or her peers.

However, there are divergent views on the method or factors that best motivate employees as majority of practitioners opine that what motivates employee ‘A’ might not motivate employee ‘B’ or that what might motivate employee ‘A’ at a particular time might not at another time, depending on his or her circumstances. For example, Mr. James of ZAYZ & Co. won an all-expense vacation for emerging as the best employee. But at that time he had defaulted on his house rent and was being threatened with eviction. The holiday trip, as exciting as it seems, is not likely to motivate Mr. James at that point in time.

Below is an excerpt of a survey on HR practitioners’ views with regards to the best factors that motivate employees.

“I find out it depends on the company culture. For some team bonding activities such as trips or excursions works. For some recognition works, respect in the work place also works”. Peju Ayo-Fisher

“If the company culture allows it then it will fly. But any organization that wants to drive motivation will not have a one-size-fits-all motivation. It has to make it broad so that employees can pick what motivates them because it is usually the case of one man’s meat is another man’ poison. It depends on individual employees…what motivates them? Some it is time-off, some not an 8-5 work hour (flexible working hour), etc.” Blessing Okorafor

“In my own opinion, you can’t accurately pick out which of the above is most effective in motivating employees haphazardly as there are several factors to be considered; who are your audience in terms of the employees you are looking to motivate. Are they entry level employees, mid-level managers or senior level managers? Note that the key thing is the employee value proposition. As it varies from person to person. So what might motivate an entry level officer might not necessarily motivate a senior level officer and vice versa. So for me, first is to know your audience (employees) and target the right motivation tools accurately to suit them.” Adesola Ige

“On motivation, I think it is important to look at the various theories of motivation and use this as a guide to determine the bouquet of offerings required to motivate employees along various Cadre, grade and importantly the values of the organization. Using the Maslow’s Hierarchy of need, the Herzberg Hygiene theory or the Adams theory etc will help in building a framework.” Yemi Ajayi

The diverse views clearly indicate that practitioners see employee motivation as an important contributor to organizational growth, and that the best way to go about it is knowing your audience and motivating them in line with company culture and what is likely to tickle their fancy.

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06 Nov 2017/18 TAMS AMBASSADOR RECOGNITION

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As another business year draws gradually to a close, the management of SB Telecoms & Devices Limited expresses our profound appreciation for your support in 2017.

In line with our quest to sensitize, engage and motivate Nigerian employees to be highly productive performers in their organizations, we are pleased to inform you that the assessment window for the 2017/18 most productive employee is open from now till January 15, 2018.

The annual most productive employees initiative, known as TAMS Ambassadors Award, is designed to accommodate attendance and productivity metrics (TAMS Productivity Assessment or TPA). The metrics are aimed at challenging employees to be self-motivated and committed to self-development in order to deliver exceptional performances on a consistent basis.

How it Works

(a) Employees are urged to carry out self-evaluation on the stated metrics on the TPA Module.
(b) Afterwards, the supervisor evaluates the employee on the same metrics.
(c) The aggregate performance score will be added to the average annual attendance at work or duty post.
(d) While the TPA is used for the annual TAMS Ambassador selection, organisations can use it for evaluating employee productivity as they desire.

TAMS Ambassador Award

At the end of the year, 15 employees with the best TPA scores are selected. The top 3 win an all-expense paid trip to Dubai and 12 other winners are rewarded with consolation prizes.

To qualify for the 2017/2018 edition, Employee Assessment Scores are to be completed on or before 15th of January, 2018. Hence, we urge you to carry out the TPA so that your employees will be eligible for the 2017/18 TAMS Ambassador Award.

The TPA Scores and infograph CAN BE CHECKED ON TAMS AMBASSADOR MODULE.

If you need help or clarification? Please call Ibrahim- 0805 453 9019 or Odunsi- 0815 514 0577. Thank you.

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03 Nov IN OUR CUSTOMERS’ WORDS

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TAMS is a robust homegrown time management-focused human resource management application, is one of the leading human resource information systems in Nigeria. Patented by the Federal Government of Nigeria as an “invention… for public good”, it is designed to help the contemporary business owner manage employees for optimum performance by cutting down on employee absenteeism, lateness, time-theft and other unproductive behaviours.

The TAMS platform has over 1000 organisations, including VON Automobile, Beat FM, TVC, TSL Logistics, Justrite, Adidde, Eat’n’Go, GIG Group, MRS Oil, Primero Transport Services, Nordica Fertility Centre, Dizengoff.

A strong selling point for TAMS has been word-of-mouth as a result of positive customer experience which has seen existing users refer the solution to their peers. Below are just a few testimonials:

• “In human resources management solution TAMS is numero uno. The value added of TAMS to us is more of the time attendance management, in life really if you can manage time, you can manage anything. The kind of operation we run at Von Automobile is about productivity, with TAMS we have been able to increase productivity by 30%, because staff are conscious of their time, the statistics I have shows that they come in early and then ward I have been able to manage especially timing.” Adebiyi Idowu (VON Automobile).

• “You have no idea how much you have helped me and how much time you have saved me with your Time Attendance and Access Control Solution” (Ijewere & Co.)

• “its been really difficult trying to manage employee attendance manually because we see high level of tardiness, people come late, time theft was high, there was no control, but the moment we had the TAMS electronic devices installed in four strategic locations, there has been significant drop in the record of tardiness” Stella Obialor (Continental Broadcasting Service)

• “TAMS has been able to impact on our operation productively because staff get early to work, while we understand the transport situation, since the procurement of TAMS in our operation people have tend to come to work on time because they now plan themselves to leave their home on time to get to work which has significantly increase productivity” Joel Iyanmu (GIG)

• “The Solution is simple to use” Chinedu (Amaiden Energy)

At TAMS customer satisfaction is a key driver of our delivery. We listen and execute to suit customer’s specific needs. Contact us today at https://www.tams.com.ng/ for free consultation on the best solution to meet your need.

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03 Nov What You Should Eat During and After Antibiotics

fiberBanner.fwAntibiotics are a type of medication used to treat bacterial infections. They work by killing the infection or preventing it from spreading.
There are many different types of antibiotics.
Antibiotics are a type of medication used to treat bacterial infections. They work by killing the infection or preventing it from spreading.
There are many different types of antibiotics.
Some are broad-spectrum, meaning they act on a wide range of disease-causing bacteria. Others are designed to kill certain species of bacteria.
Antibiotics are very important and effective at treating serious infections. Yet, they can come with some negative side effects.
Taking too many antibiotics can drastically change the amounts and types of bacteria within the gut microbiota, especially in early life.

Eat Fermented Foods

Certain foods can also help restore the gut microbiota after damage caused by antibiotics.
Fermented foods contain healthy bacteria, including Lactobacilli, which can help restore damage to the microbiota caused by antibiotics. Yogurt may also reduce the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
 Fermented foods are produced by microbes and include
  • yogurt,
  • cheese,
  • sauerkraut,
  • kombucha and
  • kimchi, among others.

Eat High-Fiber Foods

Fiber can’t be digested by your body, but it can be digested by your gut bacteria, which helps stimulate their growth.
High-fiber foods can help the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. They should be eaten after taking antibiotics but not during, as fiber may reduce antibiotic absorption.
As a result, fiber may help restore healthy gut bacteria after a course of antibiotics.
High-fiber foods include:

  • Whole grains (porridge, whole grain bread, brown rice)
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Bananas
  • Artichokes

Eat Prebiotic Foods

Prebiotics are foods that help the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut and may help restore the gut microbiota after taking antibiotics.
Many high-fiber foods are prebiotic. The fiber is digested and fermented by healthy gut bacteria, allowing them to grow
However, other foods are not high in fiber but act as prebiotics by helping the growth of healthy bacteria like Bifidobacteria.
For example, Red Wine contains antioxidant polyphenols, which are not digested by human cells but are digested by gut bacteria.
Similarly, cocoa contains antioxidant polyphenols that have beneficial prebiotic effects on the gut microbiota.
Thus, eating prebiotic foods after antibiotics may help the growth of beneficial gut bacteria that have been damaged by antibiotics. 

culled from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-to-eat-antibiotics

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20 Oct HAPPY EMPLOYEES = HAPPY CUSTOMERS?

HappyEmployees-800x515At a conference of human resources managers in Abuja, Miriam, the HR manager of ZX Limited shared the story of her organisation, thus: “When I came on board, I discovered people had attitudes that could crumble the organization within a twinkle of an eye. I mean, the lackadaisical attitude of the workforce was so widespread that it felt as if I was thrown into a civil service workforce in some remote village. But when I looked at the company’s performance in the last five years before I joined, I discovered a robust clientele comprising blue-chip companies and multinationals which were doing businesses worth hundreds of millions. At the moment, unfortunately, the company is struggling to sustain two or three big companies and a litter of small and medium organisations. It’s a baffling situation and I feel like throwing in the towel even though I was brought in to, as the CEO said, revitalize staff morale.”

“Employees are the heartbeat of every organization”, offered a voice from the back of the auditorium. It was the voice of Nicholas, a people development consultant based in Port Harcourt. He remarked that, “All things being equal, a well motivated employee gives his or her all to see to the actualization of the set goals of the organization, whereas, an unhappy employee consciously or unconsciously, looks for ways to derail the organization’s road map.”

“But, how else would you make employees happy after paying their due wages and benefits?” queried Ahmad, a director of personnel in one of the government establishments. Nicholas continued, “Just like Anne Hodkin said, “A happy employee relates that happiness to customers, and vice versa for unhappy ones”.

“Oh. Now I get it.” Miriam interjected. “When we did a customer satisfaction survey, most of the company’s former clients mentioned poor customer experience, stating that they were not getting the right support from staff or that staff were impolite or gave hasty responses, among other complaints. Luckily, though, a few clients stayed because of some good experience they had in the past, hoping that company will get back its lost glory.”

Like similar organisations, the above scenario of workplace negativity at ZX Limited led to decreased productivity, bruised brand reputation, loss of clients and, of course, loss of revenue. So, how should your organisation make your employees happy apart from giving then a good paycheque?

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19 Oct TAMS WELCOME VANDREZZER ENERGY TO ITS FOLD.

vandrezza1We are pleased to announce that VANDREZZER ENERGY has chosen TAMS as a preferred choice to help her with employee time management and HR processes.

Since her establishment, VANDREZZER ENERGY has evolved along time as one of the leading Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation Company (EPCI) in Nigeria, with vast experience in Upstream Project for the Oil & Gas Sector in Nigeria and the West African Sub-region.

To key into the organizations set core values which are Competence, Credibility and Excellence the management concluded that a solution that will help manage employees from recruitment to retirement from a central location to enhance swift service delivery is urgently needed hence why the organization scouted for a solution that will best suit the organization and eventually settled for TAMS.

TAMS is a time-management focused human resources solution designed to help organisations of all sizes and in all sectors transition from manual systems and spreadsheets to a web-based, automated and customizable human resource information system. With over 1,000 clients in different parts of Nigeria and Ghana, TAMS is renowned for its affordability and ease of use. It is interesting to note that attributes such as these have made it a workplace solution of choice for small, medium and large organizations.

Launched in 2012 as a time attendance management system, the introduction of the highly secured cloud service has made TAMS more robust by giving users the opportunity to monitor employees’ productivity on any smart device anywhere in the world.

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