21 Jul Health Habits to Completely Avoid

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Health tips abound, especially in the Internet age, giving everyone clues on how to live longer. However, there are certain health habits that must be avoided and those are equally important.
These are health habits that you most definitely want to avoid:

  • Drinking habits: Taking sugary drinks every day and avoiding water will cause a number of ailments and leave your skin looking wrinkly. Take as much water as you can daily.
  • The weekend: Not working out following a weekend of eating the most unhealthy things is probably not a great idea. If you are going to go on a weekend bender then combat it with a good workout.
  • Stay the same: The worst thing you can do fitness wise is not challenge yourself. If you start out with a certain number of reps, you should up after a while.
  • The wrong attire: For cardio like running or jumping, you want to make sure your ‘sensitive’ parts are safe and secure so that nothing comes spilling out.

Try out these simple tip and let us know what you think.

culled from http://www.pulse.ng/wellness

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21 Jul HOW BIOMETRIC ATTENDANCE CAN SAVE YOU MONEY

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Biometric attendance is one of the many business-related technologies that have stemmed from recent innovations and developments within the biometrics sector. Traditionally time attendance management in organizations had always been done through paper log where employees sign in and out using the paper register.

The paper management as simple and as cost effective as it may seem has a highly adverse effect on the organization which in turn affects the organization’s return on investment. A 2009 study conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. showed that 21 percent of hourly employees admit to stealing company’s time. While only 5 percent participated in buddy punching, 69 percent said they punch in and out earlier or later than scheduled, 22 percent put additional time on their time sheet, and 14 percent didn’t punch out for unpaid lunches or breaks.

Biometrics time attendance systems are one of the best ways to manage your workforce and get the most out of your investment in them. The greatest advantage of biometric attendance is that it cannot be faked or forged in any way. For businesses, this provides an effective answer to a myriad of common problems involving employees trying to “cheat” the system, such as friends punching in for each other (otherwise known as time fraud).

Companies can also have greater control over work hours, as most systems are designed with the option of eliminating early punch-ins and unauthorized overtime as well. Furthermore, with this system in place, companies have a way to automate payroll, sending accurate employee times straight to the human resources department to monitor who has extra time on their hands to take on additional tasks – improving the overall productivity of your business.

In essence, biometric attendance provides a cost-effective and secure approach to time management and authorization issues present in many businesses today. Due to its high rate of accuracy and reliability, biometrics offer advanced verification/tracking technology for every industry, not only does this help to eliminate human error, but also gives you access to accurate reports on how many hours each employee has worked. Employees can’t add a sneaky hour here and there, while in return, they are also guaranteed of the correct pay for any overtime.

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06 Jul Important Healthy Rainy Season Tips

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The rainy season is prevalent with a host of infections and most seasons are related to respiratory infections, food and water borne diseases that must be taken care of. Cough, cold and flu are common problems of this season that attacks the children faster due to the fluctuating temperature. Students, office goers and moms’ of little kids, needs to maintain a proper healthy diet and hygiene to avoid falling sick this season.

When the rain starts pouring in, you first look for a shelter and try to save yourself from getting drenched. However, a shelter can save you from getting wet in the rain, but it will not protect you from catching any kind of infection. This is especially when your immune system is very weak.

Common Illness Caused During Rainy Season

  • Dengue
  • Cold
  • Flu
  • Food infection
  • Water infection
  • Cholera
  • Leptospirosos is caused by bacteria that can be carried either by a man or some animal. Its severe form can damage kidney, liver, meningitis and respiratory failure.

 

Precautions During Rainy Season

  • Keep Rain Gear With you Always – The most effective thing that you can do is to keep your rain gear always ready when you go out in the rainy season. A raincoat with hooded jacket and waterproof shoes are the best items.
  • Vitamin C – Increasing the intake of Vitamin C either in natural form or as food supplement will help you drive away the cold virus faster. It is still a matter of debate among doctors whether Vitamin C is cure for cold. However, a healthy supply of this vitamin will activate your antibodies and reduce the severity of cold, undoubtedly.
  • Shower After Being Caught in Rain – Although it sounds very unusual because if you are drenched in rain, you will never want to take another shower. But taking a shower after you have been caught in the rain will protect you from many infections.
  • Hot Drinks – This is the one season when you would like to take hot drinks. After taking a good bath, dry yourself and wear dry & clean clothes. The best thing is to make a hot soup for yourself or at least drink a cup of hot milk. This will help you from catching cold or save you from catching any kind of infection that can occur due to sudden change in the temperature of the body.
  • Cleanliness – Micro-organisms are susceptible to grow in the rainy season, try to maintain hygiene around you Cleanliness is very important during rainy season. Even if you catch a cold, you should clean your hands regularly and use a sanitizer always after that.
  • Drink Plenty of Water – Water intake may reduce naturally because of the sudden drop in the temperature of the environment. It is good to drink plenty of water and do not wait to get thirsty to drink water. This will help you drain toxins from your body.
  • Watch Out your Intake – Try to eat nutritious food and avoid eating out during rainy season. Prepare meal with full precaution and maintain health and hygiene throughout the house.

It is very important to keep yourself protected during the rainy season because you can catch infection frequently. It is always better to take precautions and be prepared whenever you go out of your home.

culled from http://www.euorhealth.com/blog/7-most-important-tips-that-keep-you-healthy-in-the-rainy-season/

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30 Jun Benefit Of Volunteering

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  1. Meet new people, make new friends.
    Volunteering helps you connect with loads of different people in a way not many extra-curricular activities can. You will be in constant contact with both the recipients of your volunteer efforts and your fellow volunteers. People from all walks of life and with different backgrounds, personalities and interests. This will expand your social network. Additionally, the development of your interpersonal skills is one of the most easily identifiable benefits of volunteering, and it exposes you to such a rich variety of people. Learning about them and their stories is like diving into a pool of knowledge and growth!
  2. Strengthen your existing relationships.
    Other of the benefits of volunteering is that it provides a platform for you and your friends to engage in shared activities, which is the best way to strengthen any kind of relationship. If you are both passionate about a cause, working together to reach a common goal will do wonders for you. It will help you create memorable moments as you both grow and learn together.
  3. Be part of your community.
    As said by the World Volunteer Web, no person is an island. We are always in contact with other people, there are issues that affect us all, there are knowledge to be shared between groups of people and volunteering makes you aware of that. It gives you a scope of the reality other people are living. People depend on others for growth and survival. One of the benefits of volunteering is that it helps you overcome the sense of detachment that reigns in today’s society.
  4. Gain confidence.
    Volunteering can boost your self-confidence, self-esteem and life satisfaction. One of the benefits of volunteering is that it gives you a very close look on how your actions are impacting those around you. Moreover, being part of a volunteer program can make you feel proud and give you a sense of identity. These three factors make you more likely to have a positive outlook on your life and goals.
  5. Gain a sense of purpose.
    Volunteering can fill voids in people. Helping others may help you overcome personal struggles and give your life new meaning and a sense of purpose. It takes your mind off of your worries and the new experiences and people you meet may even make you arrive at new solutions for them. Furthermore, volunteering keeps you mentally stimulated and as said by Wharton professor Cassie Mogilner, it makes you feel like you have more time.
  6. Stay physically healthy.
    Volunteer work can be physically demanding, especially if you’re doing a hands-on job. Volunteering at environmental projects, as well as those that help build homes and other similarly active programs is beneficial for you at any age. Volunteers have a lower mortality rate than their non-volunteering peers and are less likely to develop chronic pain or heart disease.
  7. Take on a challenge
    As mentioned above, stepping out of your comfort zone is among the benefits of volunteering. This helps you achieve personal goals and set new ones and be in a constant state of self-improvement. Volunteering also makes you more self-aware.
  8. Have fun!
    Volunteering can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. When you become a volunteer you are not only giving your time, but your mind, your heart and your soul. It is truly a life-changing experience that will make a difference in you and those surrounding you. Whether they be direct recipients of your efforts or your loved ones. But not all is work and serious moods. Regardless if it is to advance your career, because you are passionate about a certain cause or both. We truly believe that you will have a great time volunteering. So, at the end of your experience, you will have broadened your horizons.

One of the most relevant benefits of volunteering is that it allows you to make a difference in yourself and your environment. The moment you decide to become a volunteer, you are committing yourself to becoming an agent of change. You have the power to change your life and the life of others and you can exercising it by joining us as TBS as we collaborate with the LAWMA in cleaning on 1st of July 2017.

Culled from http://richmondvale.org/benefits-of-volunteering/

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22 Jun Tips to Prevent Nose Problems

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Nose problems may lead to the annoying headache and discomfort that can disturb our daily activities. Check out the following tips, which can be effective for preventing such problems:

1. Clean your nose regularly

Cotton buds and salt water are simple yet effective for cleaning and washing your nostrils.

2. Maintain good humidity level

Dry air may irritate the nostrils. It is recommended to humidifier for maintaining a good level of room humidity.

3. Avoid dusty rooms

Dust can trigger allergies and itchy sensation in the nose.

4. Avoid cigarette smoke

The exposure to cigarette may lead to the accumulation of mucus in the respiratory channel.

5. Don’t pluck your nose hair

If you feel uncomfortable with your nose hair, don’t pluck it, but trim it using a pair of scissors.

6. Don’t let any foreign object get into your nostrils

This can scratch and bleeds the surface of the nostrils, which can lead to infection.

7. Avoid nose surgeries

Only get a nose surgery if you really need it.

8. Use nasal spray

Reduce nostril congestion by using nasal spray.

9. Avoid allergens

Allergies can cause uncomfortable symptoms like a runny nose or nostril congestion so it is important to know your allergens in order to avoid them.

10. Avoid carpets

While carpets can make a room cozy and comfortable, they often trap dusts or pet hair, which may cause allergies.

11. Consume antihistamine

Consume antihistamine in proper dosage if you get sinus inflammation that causes a runny nose or nostril congestion.

12. Avoid contacts with people who have influenza

As much as possible, limit your contact with folks who’ve been infected with influenza.

13. Take care of your nose when flying

You can use irrigator or mucus removal tool to protect your nose from being infected with the bacteria contained in the dry air in the aircraft.

14.  Limit the use of decongestant spray

Although decongestant spray can clear nostril congestion, it can cause dependency and lead to more serious health problems.

15.  Avoid highly polluted areas

Air pollution can lead to cough and sore throat. Use a mask to avoid dusty air and the smog emitted by motor vehicles and factories.

16.  Don’t smoke

Avoid active as well as passive smoking, because it is always bad for your health.

17.  Get enough rest

If you get influenza, give your body the rest it deserves for a quicker recovery.

18.  Check with your doctor

If your sore throat lasts more than two days, or it comes with fever, consult with your doctor immediately, because it may be a sign of infection.

So Healthy People, we hope the above tips are useful for you in keeping healthy nose.

 

culled from http://www.combiphar.com/en

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16 Jun Objectives of Performance Management

workplace“In business, the idea of measuring what you are doing, picking the measurements that count like customer satisfaction and performance… you thrive on that.”
– Bill Gates

Performance management frameworks are designed with the objective of improving both individual and organizational performance by identifying performance requirements, providing regular feedback and assisting the employees in their career development.

Performance management aims at building a high performance culture for both the individuals and the teams so that they jointly take the responsibility of improving the business processes on a continuous basis and at the same time raise the competence bar by upgrading their own skills within a leadership framework.

The main goal of performance management is to ensure that the organization as a system and its subsystems work together in an integrated fashion for accomplishing optimum results or outcomes.

The major objectives of performance management are discussed below:

  • To enable the employees work towards the achievement of superior standards of work performance.
  • To help the employees in identifying the knowledge and skills required for performing the job efficiently as this would drive their focus towards performing the right task in the right way.
  • Boosting the performance of the employees by encouraging employee empowerment, motivation and implementation of an effective reward mechanism.
  • Promoting a two way system of communication between the supervisors and the employees for clarifying expectations about the roles and accountabilities, communicating the functional and organizational goals, providing a regular and a transparent feedback for improving employee performance and continuous coaching.
  • Identifying the barriers to effective performance and resolving those barriers through constant monitoring, coaching and development interventions.
  • Creating a basis for several administrative decisions strategic planning, succession planning, promotions and performance based payment.
  • Promoting personal growth and advancement in the career of the employees by helping them in acquiring the desired knowledge and skills.

Some of the key concerns of a performance management system in an organization are:

  • Concerned with the output (the results achieved), outcomes, processes required for reaching the results and also the inputs (knowledge, skills and attitudes).
  • Concerned with measurement of results and review of progress in the achievement of set targets.
  • Concerned with defining business plans in advance for shaping a successful future.
  • Striving for continuous improvement and continuous development by creating a learning culture and an open system.
  • Concerned with establishing a culture of trust and mutual understanding that fosters free flow of communication at all levels in matters such as clarification of expectations and sharing of information on the core values of an organization which binds the team together.
  • Concerned with the provision of procedural fairness and transparency in the process of decision making.

The performance management approach has become an indispensable tool in the hands of the corporates as it ensures that the people uphold the corporate values and tread in the path of accomplishment of the ultimate corporate vision and mission. It is a forward looking process as it involves both the supervisor and also the employee in a process of joint planning and goal setting in the beginning of the year.

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15 Jun Clean Up a Slow PC

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Defragmenting and cleaning up your files is a great first step if you own a PC, as it can speed up response times. The Disk Cleanup tool is user-friendly and helps you get rid of files you no longer need or use, empty your recycle bin, and delete temporary Internet files, which can take up a lot of space. The Disk Defragmenter is a tool that reorganizes files that may be fragmented, resulting in more free space on your hard drive and faster performance. In Windows XP, both the Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenting tools can be accessed by going to Start → Programs → Accessories → System Tools. In Windows 7, just type in the names of the tools in the search box.

It takes a little extra time to clean up your computer, but a faster running machine and fewer problems in the future make it worthwhile.

culled from https://www.decyphertech.com/clean-up-a-slow-pc/

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08 Jun Using Tech to Stop ‘Ghosts’ from taking over D Nig. Civil Service

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For the umpteenth time, newspapers in the country are rife with reports of the government unearthing more “ghost workers” in the public service. However, the ghost workers syndrome has assumed a more sinister dimension as per a report in the Punch newspaper of Wednesday, 7th June, 2017. The alarming report was titled, “Ghost workers: EFCC arraigns family members for manipulating FG’s payroll”. Apparently, it has become a family ‘business’.

A ‘ghost’ may be a real person who knowingly or otherwise is placed on the payroll, and it could be a fictitious person invented by the dishonest employee or group of employees. In a situation where the public sector employs the largest population of the Nigerian labour force and controls the bulk of the financial resources of the country, it is of great consequence that whatever adversely affects the public service has a huge multiplier effect on the economy.

Ominously, the ghost worker syndrome has outlived successive Nigerian governments and think tanks. It is a monster that has eaten deep into the Nigerian civil service system, even though the government at every point in time has devised different strategies to deal with it. Unfortunately, all efforts at all levels have proved abortive, being that the civil service is arguably the most vulnerable to employee fraud.

Although research shows that the public sector lags behind the private sector in issues relating to human resource management, internal control systems and accounting procedures, the adoption of technology ensures that these elements will work in sync to counter the scourge of ghost workers. And in these desperate times of economic recession where every kobo counts this syndrome must not be allowed to destroy our public service and, by extension, our fragile economy.

The solution is not rocket science. Technology ensures that records are accurate; helps to keep employees’ personal data up-to-date, helps to track employee contributions to the achievement of overall goals, and so on. And an automated payroll system helps the management to eradicate manual data entry thus preventing human error or deliberate acts of fraud. These activities will help to flag the existence of ‘ghost’ workers in the system.

The question then is, will those in charge of governance and the economy adopt these fail-safe technologies to block the obvious leaks in the country’s public accounting and civil structures?

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07 Jun Health Tips for Healthy Living

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All humans have to eat food for growth and maintenance of a healthy body, but we humans have different requirements as infants, children (kids), teenagers, young adults, adults, and seniors. However, as most parents know, kids, teenagers, and young adults often snack between meals. Snacking is often not limited to these age groups because adults and seniors often do the same.

Basic Healthy Living Tips

  • Eat three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner); it is important to remember that dinner does not have to be the largest meal.
  • The bulk of food consumption should consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk products.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts (with emphasis on beans and nuts).
  • Choose foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars; look at the labels because the first listed items on the labels comprise the highest concentrations of ingredients.
  • Control portion sizes; eat the smallest portion that can satisfy hunger and then stop eating.
  • Snacks are OK in moderation and should consist of items like fruit, whole grains, or nuts to satisfy hunger and not cause excessive weight gain.
  • Avoid sodas and sugar-enhanced drinks because of the excessive calories in the sodas and sugar drinks; diet drinks may not be a good choice as they make some people hungrier and increase food consumption.
  • Avoid eating a large meal before sleeping to decrease gastroesophageal reflux and weight gain.
  • If a person is angry or depressed, eating will not solve these situations and may make the underlying problems worse.
  • Avoid rewarding children with sugary snacks; such a pattern may become a lifelong habit for people.
  • Avoid heavy meals in the summer months, especially during hot days.
  • A vegetarian lifestyle has been promoted for a healthy lifestyle and weight loss; vegetarians should check with their physicians to be sure they are getting enough vitamins, minerals, and iron in their food.
  • Cooking foods (above 165 F) destroys most harmful bacteria and other pathogens; if you choose to eat uncooked foods like fruits or vegetables, they should be thoroughly washed with running treated (safe to drink) tap water right before eating.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked meats of any type.

culled from http://www.medicinenet.com/healthy_living

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06 Jun Speech Delivered by the Special Guest of Mr. Durosinmi Etti

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Selections from the speech delivered by the special guest of honor Mr. Durosinmi Etti at the just concluded TAMS Summit recently held in Lagos which had its theme as “Boosting Employee Performance Beyond Pecuniary Benefit”.

I must commend the convener of this summit, it’s nice to see an ongoing discuss talking about employees, most cases what we have is captain of industry industrialists talking about businesses and talking about the economy. It is good to note that whether we like it or not, there is no business that can be well driven or achieve its motive without the human capital factor.

It is also an auspicious moment at this time when the nation is diversifying and we are looking at the growth and development and we are also looking at the contribution to the GDP of every state in Nigeria.

I must quickly point out that when we talk about boosting employee performance, relating to what the keynote speaker Dr. Salami said about deficit in the skills gap in the country, the question is what performance we are boosting without really identifying the sustainability of employment especially given the quality of employees we have.

Lagos state government in order to boost the deficit in unemployment in the state created the ministry of wealth creation and so far this has a little bit curbed the unemployment rate in the state. During our research we found out that it was only the private sector that can really sustain the level of sustained employment which will impact positively on development.

It is pertinent to note that in creating an enabling environment between the employer and the employee we realized that the government needs to work more closely with the private sector, based on we started creating lots of initiatives whereby we start filling the deficit gaps starting by visiting the institutions so as to enhance their employability skills of most of these employees we are looking at in terms of boosting their performance and also when they go into entry into the labor market.

A lot of graduate really are not employable, the state government in collaboration with CIPM & fate foundation lunched a graduate internship program which will give graduates on a competitive basis to be able to work in selected firms for three months.

Finally the employer needs to have constructive engagement with their employees, they must try to find out what they are doing and what type of employment they really want

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