03 Aug How Much Water is Enough?

woman_drinking_waterWater plays an important role in your life. Just like a plant will wilt without water in just a day, so will your body. Water is not only thirst-quenching but has many health benefits for your body and vital organs. Some of them are:

  • Prevents dehydration
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells
  • Provides moisture to the skin and other tissues
  • Helps prevent constipation
  • Cushions joints
  • Helps strengthen muscles
  • And, what’s more, it contains no calories, fat or cholesterol, and is low in sodium!
  • How much water is enough?

While you probably know the health benefits of drinking plenty of water, drinking enough of it is another story. An average healthy adult needs to consume at least 8 glasses of water on a daily basis and this quantity should be increased during the summer and when exercising. If your water consumption is lower than recommended, here’s what you can do to drink more:

Tips for drinking more water

  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you get up everyday.
  • Add slices of lemon, lime or orange to your water for a hint of flavour if you do not like to drink plain water.
  • Use straws, add ice and get fun to go containers.
  • Enjoy water breaks at work.
  • Replace other drinks with water at meal times.
  • Take water bottles with you to work or college.
  • Always have cold water on hand ready to drink.
  • Keep a cup of water on your desk to sip on while you work.
  • Whenever you pass by a drinking water fountain, take a drink.
  • Instead of a soft drink or soda, reach for bottled water in the convenience store as well as from the vending machine.
  • Drink sparkling water instead of carbonated beverages at parties or restaurants.
  • Pack bottled water in your carry-on luggage when travelling by plane.
  • Drink water before, during and after physical activity.
  • Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water; stay hydrated all day long.

Good to Remember:

Did you know that drinking a glass of water before you eat helps to curb your appetite? It is easy to confuse hunger with being thirsty; so try water first. Drinking water makes you feel trimmer and it’s the best choice for quenching your thirst between meals. Getting in the habit of drinking more water may take time, so increase your intake gradually and eventually you’ll easily consume what you need.

 

culled from https://www.nestle-family.com/pure-life/english/change-habit.aspx

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03 Aug Payroll Technology Made Easy With TAMS

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TAMS is a time-management focused human resources application that helps organizations manage their employees from recruitment to retirement. It has functionalities like attendance management, payroll management, leave and shift management and a full bouquet of human resource management modules.

Integrated with 20 commercial banks, 52 microfinance banks and all pension fund administrators in Nigeria, the TAMS Payroll Management system helps in saving time by reducing the hours spent producing payroll information and preparing payroll registers monthly, quarterly and year-to-date payroll reports.

A time and energy-saving tool, TAMS also guarantees prompt preparation of monthly salaries and remittances by eliminating time spent balancing and cross checking for errors. TAMS payroll will allow you process the following:

  • Salaries & Deductions.
  • Tax and Remittance.
  • Export Reports to Excess and PDF.

FAQ on TAMS Payroll

Q: Can I upload users to the payroll management?

A: Yes, users can be uploaded using the user management module, which is integrated with the payroll module.

Q: Is TAMS integrated with banks in Nigeria?

A: TAMS payroll is registered with NIBBS (Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc). TAMS is integrated with 20 commercial banks and 52 microfinance banks in Nigeria all Pension Fund Administrators in Nigeria.

Q: Can staff generate individual pay slip

A: With the aid of the employee self-service package, employees can view their pay slip for the month and for selected period.

Q: Can reports be generated and exported?

A: Yes reports can be generated and exported to excel or PDF.

Contact us on 08083846345, 0805439109 to get started.

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28 Jul DO YOU KNOW WHOM YOU ARE RECRUITING?

1471441425536The major scenario painted by the HR is the difficulty in identifying and disqualifying casual workers who were relieved due to theft or other demerit activities from an ongoing construction site from gaining employment at another construction site owned by the organization.

Verifying the authenticity of individuals or intending employees is paramount in every organization because the cost of a bad hire is estimated to be between one and three times the salary. This fact alone makes pre-employment screening not only cost-effective, but necessary for the financial health and the integrity of the company. According to Harry Poll Survey , in fact, fully 58% of hiring managers reported to having previously discovering a candidate misrepresenting, hyperbolizing or downright lying on their resumes during the hiring process.

TAMS Verify a robust end to end cloud based identity management solution that fully help with the storage and preservation of employee data base which can be extracted from anywhere on any of your smart devices when verifying an individual or intending employee through the TAMS verify software.

TAMS Verify is needed by organizations to verify the eligibility of individuals and can also be used to ascertain where an individual is coming from and why he left where he is coming from such that if an individual has a case to answer he is denied employment.


Furthermore, at the point of enrollment, rules can be set such as authenticating the identity of a user, information and actions they are authorized to access and/or perform.

Contact us today for free consultation on how to get started.

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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

pc_cleanup_bannerFew things are as frustrating as when your computer is acting sluggish and glitchy. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure that your PC continues to run smoothly. Routinely cleaning up files on your computer is an often-overlooked step that can greatly improve performance.

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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