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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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.


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

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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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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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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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Discovery sense travels and logistics is a business outfit that specializes in business supports and products procurement services. Incorporated on 11th July 2013, DiscoverySense carries an extensive variety of IATA business and other travel related services namely flight booking reservation and confirmation, hotel reservation, tour package, car hire assistance with visa and travel logistics.

To measure up with the organization’s key goals of dedication to customer satisfaction and excellent delivery services to the industry global standards, hence why DiscoverySense joined the TAMS Classic to efficiently and effectively manage her employee from recruitment to retirement.

TAMS classic is the enterprise version of TAMS HRM. It is a free web-based human resource management solution created specifically for small and medium businesses. It is a robust end-to-end application that works seamlessly whether there’s a dedicated IT staff or not. It has more than eight (8) HR functionalities, including:

  • Employee directory
  • Shift management
  • Attendance management
  • Payroll management (NIBSS integration)
  • Productivity & Performance management
  • Leave management
  • Exemption requests

TAMS Classic’s powerful employee self-service portal automates employees’ requests for the aforementioned HR services without overburdening the HR staff. Moreover, since it’s a new generation social HR system, employee onboarding and engagement are extremely easy

Join the TAMS Classic train today for free to effectively manage your employee.  Contact us today at www.tams.com.ng to get started

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There are different affordable software and tools that significantly increase productivity in the workplace; introducing TAMS.
TAMS is a human resources management solution designed specifically for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). It is an affordable and easy-to-use web-based or on-premise workforce management tool with functions such as payroll, appraisal, vacation, leave management and remittance- all at the fingertip of the business owner or administrator.
TAMS is currently integrated with 20 Commercial Banks and 56 Microfinance Banks as well as all Pension Fund Administrators in Nigeria. TAMS has a compatibility other version of software TAMS Classic, TAMS HRM, TAMS Attendance

TAMS Classic is a free web-based human resource management solution created specifically for small and medium businesses. It is a robust end-to-end application that works seamlessly whether there’s a dedicated IT staff or not. It has more than eight (8) HR functionalities, including:.
Employee directory, Shift management, Attendance management, Payroll management (NIBSS integration), Productivity & Performance management, Leave management, Exemption requests
TAMS Classic’s powerful employee self-service portal automates employees’ request for the aforementioned HR services without overburdening the HR staff. Moreover, since it’s a new generation social HR system, employee onboarding and engagement is extremely easy.

TAMS HRM provides human resources and payroll solutions for small, mid-sized and enterprise-level companies in every industry. It integrates information from employee records, payroll data and shift management as well as a history of appraisal, loan, leave, exemption and recruitment management.
Employees Information Management, Multi User Privilege, Multi-Location Access, Employee Self Service, TAMS Mobile App Integration, Recruitment Management, Performance (Appraisal) Management, Leave Management, Exemption Management, Task Scheduler, Shift Management
Payroll & Remittance Management, (NIBBS Integration), Loan management

TAMS HRM + Attendance Premium is an online human resources (HR) software incorporated with Time and Attendance solution to help small and growing companies transition from spreadsheets to a customizable, affordable and easy-to-use Human Resource Information System to manage all aspects of their employee lifecycle. It ensures that business owners and HR professionals focus their time on meaningful work by using TAMS Time & Attendance, HRMS
The TAMS HRM provides access to all the HRM features and a suite of comprehensive attendance reports.
Employees Information Management, Multi User Privilege, Multi-Location Access, Employee Self Service, TAMS Mobile App Integration, Recruitment Management, Performance (Appraisal) Management, Attendance Log Report, Leave Management, Exemption Management, Task Scheduler, Shift Management, Payroll & Remittance Management (NIBBS Integration), Loan management, Communications (SMS & Email), 22 Comprehensive Attendance Reports.

Contact us today at TAMS for free consultation on a more robust solution that best suit your organizational needs.


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Monkeypox has been causing panic across Nigeria, as unconfirmed reports state that it has spread across six or seven states.

The viral disease, caused by an Orthopoxvirus,​ has a relatively recent history, having been​ discovered in monkeys in 1958​. ​ Although a “vesicular disease in monkeys” as described in the 1860s​,​ the disease and eventually the causative virus, was named monkeypox because the lesions (pox) seen in monkeys developed like other known pox-forming diseases (pustules that eventually break open, ulcerate, crust over, and some pox form scars in the skin).​

 The first symptoms that occur are nonspecific- fever, sweating, malaise, and some patients may develop a cough, nausea, and shortness of breath. About two to four days after fever develops, a rash with papules and pustules develops most often on the face and chest, but other body areas may eventually be affected, including mucus membranes inside the nose and mouth​.(Source: medicinenet.com)​​
Seven Prevention Tips
  1.  Avoid contact with squirrels, rats and monkeys, especially animals that are sick or found dead.
  2. Practice good hygiene, always wash hands with soap and water after contact with animals or when caring for sick human relatives or soiled beddings. 
  3. Avoid contact with respiratory droplet of infected animals or humans, i.e holding animals close to the face.
    Note: There is very little information that allows one to exclude any animal from contracting monkeypox. Therefore, it should be presumed that any mammal including common household pets, could be infected if exposed to the disease.
  4. Avoid contact with persons infected with the disease or suspected of the disease.
  5. Handle materials used by or to treat infected persons with care- e.g bedding clothes, and any other contaminated material
  6. Cook all meat very thoroughly, especially bush meat
  7. If you are a farmer, call in expert in suspected cases of animal illness and wear gloves when examining them. (​Source: Premium Times)
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“If you can measure it, you can manage it” goes the oft-quoted business dictum. Unfortunately, most organizations do not really pay attention to this. The next few paragraphs reveal the extent to which organizations are losing money because workplace productivity is not well measured.

The following conversation transpired between a manager, Ejiro, and his talented staff, Silas.

Manager: I noticed that the e-zine we send out has not been translating to sales as expected. So, I think we should look at other marketing ideas to reach out to our target audience.

Silas: Well, considering that it is a free service, I wouldn’t advise that we stop, even if it is not yielding immediate results.

Manager: Really? What does it require and how much time does it take you to put each edition together?

Silas: Knowledge, experience and skills for a better period of two hours.

Manager: What does the company pay you for at the end of each month?

Silas: (Pause) My skills, talents, time, and…(Light bulb!)

In the above scenario, the employee is right, in that no cost is expended on the platform used in sending the e-zine. However, in the real sense, the employee did not understand that those two hours he puts in to prepare and broadcast the newsletter translates to a cost- in terms of his wages. Just as the local parlance goes, “Time na money”.

While the Nigerian remuneration practice is ‘per month billing’, it is imperative to note that employees’ productivity is a reflection of time used to get work done- whether it involves creative thinking, planning with the aid of technology or traditional means and actual implementation. So, an employee’s wage is the summation of his or her productive outputs during the period under review.

Therefore, where an employee fails to accomplish a task or project within stipulated time, it automatically translates as time theft on the part of that employee. This productivity gap, in turn, diminishes the company’s performance and, ultimately, its bottom line. It is for this reason that organizations need to put measures in place to manage employee productivity.

But how can this be done? Here are some suggestions to help your company measure and manage employee productivity.

Replace paper logs with an automated biometric device that will help you accurately manage employee attendance and curb time theft.

Swap your desktop human resources application for a cloud-based solution. With this, you can manage from one central location your employees work productivity throughout their stay in your organization.

Do away with archaic paper records and get a cloud based appraisal system that suits the peculiarities of your organization. This helps you accurately manage and store your appraisal for record and promotional purposes.

In conclusion, while it is true that every organization must define how it wants to operate, a common factor is employee productivity. Hence, one of the most critical strategic management decisions any organization can make is not just the right hire but how to manage its human resources for optimum productivity.

To know how TAMS human resource management solution has helped over one thousand organizations to do this, call 08083846345, 08054539109 or email

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