31 Mar MRS Launches TAMS in her Operation

MRS

The Problem

MRS Oil Nigeria PLC, one of the fastest growing oil marketing firm in Nigeria, is a fully integrated and efficient downstream player with leading positions in the Nigeria Oil Industry. With 416 retail service stations strategically spread all over the country MRS has a rising workforce of over 700 employees with its head office located in the upscale Lagos Business District, Macarthy Street, Lagos Island, the company was grappling with staff attendance management.

Like most multi-location organizations, the management needed a solution to centrally manage and monitor from its head office, employee attendance in all its locations. Mr. Oluwole Oderinde, a member of the human resources team disclosed that, “We were having issues with a biometrics system we were using, it wasn’t user friendly, and we were not getting the needed support from the company that deployed the system, we had to look elsewhere, we contacted TAMS from their presentation we discovered they don’t just deploy but they run a service that they support end to end since they developed the solution. TAMS unlike most solution providers have not disappointed us, their customer eccentric nature is superb.”

TAMS SOLUTION

A homegrown solution that is affordable and easy-to-use, TAMS is built on the value proposition of customer satisfaction. We listen to our customer’s identified and unidentified needs before recommending and deploying solutions. Thus, at the client meeting, we recognized that with the quality of technical people they have in their operation knew exactly what they wanted and upon further analysis that time management alone would not lead to productivity as they envisioned it, we offered them a robust human resource solution to manage their employees from recruitment to retirement, without the burden of paper records. 

THE RESULT

The management of the company, was delighted with the outcome. “The strongest selling point of TAMS is that they offer a service, they listen to you and deploy the solution the exact way you want it, their customer support service is out of this world, they monitor you from their end and they will contact you even before you are aware there is an issue, I will surely spread the gospel of TAMS any day anywhere because it has met and surpassed my expectation.”

CONCLUSION

TAMS is a complete human resource management system designed for both growing and established companies. With its multiple location and easy-to-use interface, it has been a source of comfort for the HR manager and business owner alike. By making provision for central management of employee attendance and productivity across diverse locations, the HR manager can pull reports of any location right at his/her fingertip without waiting for the branch or location manager.

So, contact us today for free consultation on what best suits your organization and experience the TAMS effect on your organization’s productivity and ROI.

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30 Mar SMS ALERT ACTIVATION AND ITS FUNCTION ON TAMS

Alert

The TAMS SMS Alert template is a module that automatically sends alert messages to active employee of the organization. Alerts such as notification and ceremonial messages are configured to be sent making the job schedule of the HR light. On every employee birth or public holiday the system automatically sends greeting sms to active employee which in turn reduce the burden of the HR to send greeting messages to employees on their birthdays or for public holidays.

The SMS alert template is configured with ready made messages which can be activated to be sent, organizations can also create customized alert messages that suits them which also needs to be activated to make it usable.

The module can allow you set notification for clocking In/Out reminder, notification to employers on daily late and absent employee, notification on employee leave, employee greeting messages and greeting for all public form of public holidays.

Below is the process of setting alert on TAMS

Create Alert

Click create alert to pop up the following fields to complete the form

Alert ID: Select a category of alert template

Message: The content of the message to be sent to individuals.

  • Click Submit button to complete the process

Note: Sending of SMS notifications is subject to Alert Notifications in Organization

 

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29 Mar Cyber Security Tips

Cyber Security Tips

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Do Not Share Your Password

Passwords are a major defense and developing good password practices will help keep your sensitive personal information and identity more secure.

Protect Your Children Online

By taking some simple steps below, you can reduce security risks to your child:

  • Keep your computer in a central and open location in your home and be aware of other computers your child may be using.
  • Discuss and set guidelines and rules for computer use with your child. Post these rules by the computer as a reminder.
  • Use the Internet with your child. Familiarize yourself with your child’s online activities and maintain a dialogue with your child about what applications they are using.
  • Implement parental control tools that are provided by some Internet Service Providers and available for purchase as separate software packages.
  • Consider using software that allows you to monitor your child’s e-mail and Web traffic.

 

Is That App Giving Away Your Privacy?

Be careful when you install apps on your mobile device. Many apps want more permissions than actually needed for their function. For example, some flashlight apps want access to your contacts. Why? Usually for marketing purposes to build a better profile on you and your friends. Don’t install apps that require excessive permissions.

Also, always install apps from a trusted source. This helps ensure the app isn’t fake or malicious.

 

Don’t Be a Victim of Cyber Crime!

The term “cybercrime” is usually referred to as any criminal offense committed against or with the use of a computer or computer network. A cyber crime incident can lead to loss of business and consumer confidence, financial loss, productivity loss, and even loss of intellectual property. For something to be considered a crime, however, requires a law to denote it as such, and the laws have, to this point, lagged behind technology.

 

Managing your Digital Footprint

Map your digital footprint. Look at all the social networking sites and forums that you belong to and search what information about you is available.

  • Clean up your digital footprint. Remove any photos, content and links that may be inappropriate or reveal too much information.
  • Be selective about who you authorize to access your information.
  • Use the privacy features of your browser and of the various websites you frequent to reduce the visibility of your information.
  • Since many comments on public websites can be publicly seen, monitor and moderate comments associated with you to maintain a positive digital footprint.
  • Consider using the “block comments” features or setting your social networking profile to “private” so only designated individuals can view it.
  • Think before you post.

 

Safely Dispose of Old Computers

It is important to erase your personal information from old computers before you dispose of them.

Simply reformatting a hard drive or reinstalling the operating system does not guarantee the old data is unreadable. Physically destroy the hard drive or use a special “wipe” program. These programs, such as Active@ KillDisk and Softpedia DP Wiper, are free and meet government security standards.

 

Don’t be a Cyberbully

Cyberbullying refers to the new, and growing, practice of using technology to harass, or bully, someone else. Cyberbullying can range in severity from cruel or embarrassing rumors to threats, harassment, or stalking. It can affect any age group; however, teenagers and young adults are common victims.

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28 Mar Workout Tips & Body Building Tips to stay Healthy

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 WORKOUT OUT TIPS  & BODY BUILDING TIPS SO STAY HEALTHIER

Eat more Protein

working out, ensuring you start to experience muscle mass gains. it is also filling, so it will help you feel full without the extra calories. this tip is so important that i have added it again. 30% of your daily calorie consumption should be from protein

Eat Leafy Greens

These are full of essential nutrients but not the calories. Klae and Bok Choy are good examples.

Save Starchy Food for Post-Workout

For most of your time your carb intake should be made of low-glycemic foods like green vegetables, fruit and beans Post-workout should involve other simple-carbs as they can aid recovery and muscle growth.

Drink Lots of Water

When you are dehydrated you will likely experience physical & mental exhaustion.

Don’t Drastically Cut Fats

Fat provides your body with energy so don’t cut drastically even when trying to become leaner Essential fats include those in whole grains.

Prepare Meals in Advance

If you lead a busy life it can be easy to miss important meals. By preparing in advance this wont become such an issue.

Remove Unhealthy Snack Temptations

if you are easily tempted by those unhealthy snacks throw them away. if its not there you cant eat it

Take Caffeine before Workouts

Caffeine is a natural stimulant that can give you that extra boost while working out.

Drink Green Tea

Green tea is free of calories yet contains both antioxidants and caffeine that can promote fat loss.

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27 Mar Time & Attendance Technology Revolution

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Time Attendance Technology Revolution: Are You Keeping Pace?

A technology revolution is taking place. You need to find out if you’re keeping pace. Organizations – big or small face many challenges, including; managing employees, keeping them productive and motivated, keeping cost low and increasing customer satisfaction. And, with all of this to manage, you are likely not thinking about the negative impact your current time and attendance software is having on your business.

The long history of time and attendance solutions has experienced several iterations. In recent years, the traditional time clock consisted of a paper card and a time stamp. While this system gave employers some information about employees’ time, it also left room for errors.

Today, technology improvements are keeping pace with changes to workforce styles. Systems such as biometrics clocking machines presents a better way for employers to keep track of employee time. Configuration is simple and the heavy-duty structure makes it the perfect solution for demanding work environments.

Moving away from laborious systems toward more efficient ways of tracking employee time can save your business a lot of time and money. Managing paper trails requires too much manual effort that is best served in other areas.

From transcribing hours worked from paper cards to calculating weekly payroll, continuing with systems of the past leaves your small business exposed to costly errors.

The implemented tech solution for tracking time and attendance helps to measure business processes. Advancing ways for continuous improvement will make sure every minute of the work day improves customer satisfaction, reduces costs and increases sales.

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27 Mar Pragmatic Joins TAMS Web

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Business Overview

Pragmatic Technology is without doubt one of the leading technology brands in Nigeria with array of technological products which span across banking technology, personal electronics, health monitoring technology amongst many others. Having experienced success within the technology field, Pragmatic Technology expanded its successful business model of socially responsible innovative ideas and progressive developments of e-business/online business with physical stores in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.

Synopsis

TAMS has helped Pragmatic Technology to continue its pattern of sustained growth in the technology and e-business field.  Pragmatic Technology is using the TAMS Chrome biometric time clock attendance device with the TAMS web solution to manage employees from recruitment to retirement.

Challenge

With massive company expansions, Pragmatic Technology was experiencing an issue often faced by organizations going through rapid growth and expansion.  In order to plan for continued success and sustainable growth a better and more efficient process of time attendance was need . With over 500 employees a necessity arose within their human resources department for a more accurate information regarding attendance reports, shift information, and data management.

Immediate Benefits:

Convenience: Web based software

TAMS user friendly web based software portal gives unparalleled access to managers regarding employee’s time attendance reports. This convenience reduced the strain of time attendance processes on Sunny Group of Companies managers allowing for the opportunity to focus their efforts elsewhere and maximizing organizational productivity.

Savings/ROI: Increased Efficiency to Operations

Pragmatic Technology was able to see an immediate return on their investment through the amount of hours saved by managers on payroll processes.  Operational efficiency and increased productivity provides Pragmatic Technology with added time to focus on continuing their history of excellent customer service.

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24 Mar SETTING APPROVAL LEVEL ON TAMS

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TAMS Approval Level

This is to give approval privilege to a particular employee in an organization. This person must be supervisor(s) of department(s), HR and Administrator of an organization.

Approvals can be created for Exemptions, Leave, Loan Request, Salary processing, Training and TAMS Productivity Accessment from the Approval Level Tab. Employees requesting for any of these (exemptions, leaves etc) would fill the request form and on completion, a notification (if turned on) is sent to the first and second approval.

Approval Level: Number of people to approve.

Description: A short description for the Approval

First, Second or Third Approvals : The first, Second and third individuals to approve the request respectively.
Select users: The selected employees fall into the category of who the approval persons have approving authority on.

Approval Type: Be it Exemption, loan, Leave or salary

Action: Update or Delete approval and view employees under this approval.

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22 Mar HRM MADE EASY FOR HR MANAGERS

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HRM MADE EASY

Every HRM team needs a very robust tool to work with, in order to deliver at premium the total management of employee right from recruitment to retirement. The HRM is the engine room of the organization, they hire, they fire, they decide the rules, and they arrest the rule breakers and reward those that honor the rules set.

In time past the HRM team solely depend on paper to carry out activities which ends up making the job of the HRM so tedious to manage, high budgeting on paper purchase which eventually needs to be discarded which could lead to data loss.

As time went by technology found its way into the HRM space. In the early days of HRM technology, the tools were extremely expensive as there was no HRM tool that could manage all HRM duties at ago, this was a high constraint as different tools needs to be purchased to accommodate at a go all HRM features and functionality.

With the advancement in HRM technology company’s like TAMS the award winning HRM solution provider in Nigeria were able were able come up with a more robust solution that accommodates all in one encompassing human resources module to take care of the above highlighted complain.

Mr. Salau Ibrahim the head of the training unit of TAMS when asked at one of the HRM workshop hosted by TAMS that how were they able to infuse all HRM features into a particular solution, he said “developing a solution to suit all HRM features was borne out of complaints and the immediate problem faced by HRM experts” as TAMS listen and deploy according to needs and expectations of clients.

TAMS has in its functionality data management, time management, shift management, employee sel-service management, leave management, appraisal management, training management, recruitment management, loan management, payroll remittance management amongst many others.

We are willing to offer free consultation and a 3 weeks demo for you to test the functionality of the solution.

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21 Mar Science-Backed Tips For Living Longer

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Living Longer

scientists made discoveries related to life-expectancy by studying the blood of a 115-year-old woman, and new research out this week in the prestigious medical journal BMJ reports that light-intensity physical activity every day leads to less disability in old age and a longer, healthier life.

Your personality affects how long you’ll live. Conscientious behavior influences other behaviors. Conscientious people tend to make healthier choices, including who they marry, where they work, and the likelihood they’ll smoke, drive too fast, or follow doctors’ orders.

Your diet matters. A lot. Many studies looking at the lives of centenarians look at what they eat, and considering many people who live into their hundreds reside in the Mediterranean, that diet—which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and healthy fats like olive oil—gets a lot of attention.

Of course, genetics are a factor too.Just last week, researchers studying the body of that 115-year-old woman found that stem cell exhaustion may be one of the causes of death for healthy people who live into their hundreds. That means cells get exhausted and literally expire. Similarly, other research suggests that some people may be prone to fewer diseases, or may have varying levels of chemicals in the brain, like serotonin or dopamine, that may be giving them an edge by regulating body functions.

Staying in school will add a few years. Education is correlated with a longer life. A 2012 report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics found that people with a bachelor’s degree or higher live about nine years longer than people who don’t graduate high school

Work stress isn’t bad for you, necessarily. Being a hard worker doesn’t necessarily mean job-stress will harm you. The Longevity Study found that plenty of hard workers lived long lives. “Skeptics may wonder if hard workers really are enjoying life,” the authors write. “We found that productive, hardworking people (even in old age) are not stressed and miserable, but tend to be happier, healthier, and more socially connected than their less productive peers.”

But it helps to be mindful. There are some findings to suggest that being mindful can actually have effects on lifespan. One such study looked at people attending a three-month stay at a meditation retreat and found that after the three months the meditators had on average about 30% more activity of the enzyme telomerase than the controls did, which is related to aging. The findings are very preliminary, but they suggest that the mind does have influence on the body.

Being social is critical. Having a strong social group is associated with a longer life. Women tend to have stronger social networks, and that may be part of the reason women tend to live longer than men. We often turn to friends and family for support, and taking care of the people that matter to us may help us take better care of ourselves, some evidence shows. Some research even suggests that immune function is improved when we are around our friends, and that they help with stress regulation.

Sitting a lot is probably the worst thing you can do. Research shows that sitting for long bouts of time put people at risk for shorter lifespans and other health risks. A 2011 study found that each hour people spent sitting down and watching TV after age 25 was linked to a deduction of 22 minutes from their overall life expectancy.

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17 Mar Nett Pharmacy Saves Money with TAMS

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Nett Pharmacy saves money

After much search, Nett Pharmacy was able to save 25% of ROI with TAMS.

The Problem

Nett Pharmacy, one of the fastest growing pharmacy chains in Nigeria, also operates a health, beauty distribution and retailing company. With a rising workforce of over 100 employees in nine locations across its head office in upscale Opebi in Lagos and other locations in Lagos, Delta, Imo and Abuja, the company was grappling with staff attendance management.

Like most multi-location organizations, the management needed a solution to centrally manage and monitor from its head office, employee attendance in all its locations. Mrs. Elizabeth King, the human resources manager disclosed that, “We were having issues managing staff attendance. After lengthy deliberations at the management meeting, I was asked to get a company to deploy a solution that can curb such excesses. So, when I googled companies that provided such in Nigeria, I discovered TAMS. And since that moment, to be frank with you, it has been a very good experience.”

TAMS SOLUTION

A homegrown solution that is affordable and easy-to-use, TAMS is built on the value proposition of customer satisfaction. We listen to our customer’s identified and unidentified needs before recommending and deploying solutions. Thus, at the client meeting, we recognized that Nett Pharmacy knew exactly what they wanted and upon further analysis that time management alone would not lead to productivity as they envisioned it, we offered them a robust human resource solution to manage their employees from recruitment to retirement, without the burden of paper records. 

THE RESULT

The management of the company, led by the MD/CEO, Mr. Joseph Ehimen, were delighted with the outcome. “Before the Coming of TAMS into our operation, I must confess to you the paper workload was huge. Employees applying for leave on paper, appraisal system on paper, payroll calculation which needs to be captured manually, buddy clocks, paper attendance logs that needs manual scrutiny of staff that are late or absent. But with TAMS all these have become history. We now have an automated solution that takes care of virtually all our human resources needs. And it’s so reassuring to know that on the part of our employees, TAMS serves as motivation to them to come in early and use the employee self-service feature optimally. Even one of them won an all-expense paid trip to Dubai as one of the top three most productive employees in Nigeria at the annual TAMS Ambassadors Awards.”

CONCLUSION

TAMS is a complete human resource management system designed for both growing and established companies. With its multiple location and easy-to-use interface, it has been a source of comfort for the HR manager and business owner alike. By making provision for central management of employee attendance and productivity across diverse locations, the HR manager can pull reports of any location right at his/her fingertip without waiting for the branch or location manager.

So, contact us today for free consultation on what best suits your organization and experience the TAMS effect on your organization’s productivity and ROI.

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