19 May CONVENERS SPEECH

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Good morning, Madam Chairperson,

Our renowned Keynote Speaker,

Our Special Guest of Honour, the Honourable Commissioner for Wealth Creation & Employment (who will be joining us in due course),

Our Distinguished Moderator and Panel of Discussants,

Transformation CEOs (i.e. Members of the Stanford Seed Transformation Network)

Our TAMS Ambassadors (Individual & Corporate),

Our Partners and Sponsors,

Members of the media,

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

 

I am deeply honoured to welcome you to the second edition of the TAMS Summit. Please accept my heartfelt appreciation to you all for taking time out of your very busy schedules to honour our invitation.

The maiden edition of the Summit last year was highly acclaimed for putting Time Management in the front burner of national and corporate discourse. Something tells me that the project manager who achieved unprecedented speed in the recent renovation work at the Abuja Airport may have been a part of the summit whether in-person or through news reports.

Our Keynote speaker, Professor Chris Ogbechie, Chairman of Diamond Bank, along with our wonderful Chairperson, Mrs. Bukky George and other distinguished speakers inspired a unanimous resolve to demystify the so-called African Time and move Nigeria out of the doldrums of occupational apathy, systemic time-theft and habitual absenteeism.

This year’s edition is aptly tagged TAMS Productivity Summit. It stems from the realisation that as a nation, we are living with the effects of a national misconception, and even trivialisation, of the concept of productivity.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, captured it vividly when she declared without mincing words that Nigeria’s economy is an unproductive economy built on 36 states sharing oil monies. Any wonder, then, why we are in economic recession? The recession is clearly an unintended but inevitable consequence of our poor track record of planning and time management. If we had done the right things at the right time, we would all be in a good place now.

While the recession has forced us to embark on diversifying the economy, it is imperative to note the findings of the International Labour Organisation on the importance of productivity as a key driver of economic success- that is, the more productive a country’s workers are, the more value they can bring to their employers and, of course, the national economy.

The challenge therefore, is to reflect deeply on how best to increase labour productivity by motivating our human resources. As a backdrop, the extent of the economic downturn took a new dimension in 2017 precisely between February 19th and 22nd when the exchange rate went as high as N520 to a dollar, with a domino effect on commodity prices going up to about three times their values in the previous year.

In fact, everything except wages skyrocketed and this underscored the need to address the most important ingredient of productivity- that is, a highly motivated workforce.

Apparently, the easiest way to motivate employees is to increase wages, a position advocated by organised labour. Unfortunately, however, most if not all organisations do not have the means to sustain this in this economic climate. On the contrary, what they are doing is laying off staff, some of whom are excellent employees.

Like the typical entrepreneur, I was looking for ways to cut cost and improve productivity. Auspiciously, when we hosted a workshop for HR managers in November 2016, our distinguished speaker, Mr. Fela Durotoye, introduced a terminology I had never heard before- the concept of trimming up. He said organisations and even countries must identify excesses in their system and invest such in relevant areas that will boost performance and productivity.

It is that concept of cutting waste and investing in areas that will boost productivity that was a source of inspiration for the theme of this year’s TAMS Summit- Boosting Employee Performance Beyond Pecuniary Benefits.

Motivating our human resources has to be a key priority for all organizations, because it is an essential condition for productivity. If we have productive individuals then we have an assurance of a productive and prosperous nation.

The TAMS Summit is not complete without celebrating our TAMS Ambassadors. Based on their cumulative productivity and punctuality scores, the 15 individuals that were automatically selected from over 1,000 organizations comprising 120,000 plus employees across Nigeria and Ghana on our TAMS platform are indeed star performers in 2016/2017 according to the testimonies of their supervisors and HR managers- as shown by the following two comments:

 

# TAMS AMBASSADORS ORGANIZATION SUPERVISOR’S REMARKS
1st KUSIMO ADETUNJI INLAND CONTAINERS NIGERIA LIMITED He is quite intelligent, very creative, efficient and result-oriented- Abiodun Lawal, Supervisor  
2nd ANN ROSE EKOH PRISCILLA’S PRIDE She is dependable, timely and committed to her designated tasks- Benita Oserenomwenle, HR Mgr.

Making Nigeria productive again is the ultimate goal of TAMS Summit and indeed the TAMS solution. That is why they call me Nigeria’s timekeeper and productivity activist.

To inculcate a culture of productivity we introduced TAMS Classic, a FREE ACCESS version of our TAMS solution. TAMS Classic helps business owners and managers deal with the challenges of managing staff productivity and attendance.

For this conference, we were deliberate about the choice of our panel of discussants, comprising CEOs and Management Executives running successful businesses. They’ll be sharing with us what they are doing in their different organizations to motivate their employees beyond pecuniary benefits.

Our keynote Speaker, Dr. Doyin Salami, a highly respected economist and international development consultant, was gracious enough to honour our invitation despite his extremely busy schedule.

Our Chairperson, Mrs. Olubunmi Aboderin-Talabi, ably represented by Mrs. Bunmi Ibraheem, is a woman of unswerving commitment to empowering people- from high profile professional women to disadvantaged people in the backwaters of our nation.

The Honourable Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, will be talking to us on the importance of motivated employees and what his ministry is doing to improve wealth creation and reduce unemployment.

Once again, on behalf of the TAMS Nigeria Productivity and Time Management team, I welcome you all.

Thank you.

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16 May How to Keep your Eyes Healthy

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Don’t take your eyes for granted. Take these easy steps to keep your peepers healthy.

1. Eat Well

Good eye health starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. To get them, fill your plate with:

  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards
  • Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
  • Eggs, nuts, beans, and other nonmeat protein sources
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices.

2. Quit Smoking

It makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration. If you’ve tried to kick the habit  before only to start again, keep at it. The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to succeed. Ask your doctor for help.

3. Wear Sunglasses

The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare while you drive.
If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It’s still a good idea to wear sunglasses for an extra layer.

4. Use Safety Eyewear

If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles.
Sports like ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection. Helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses will shield your eyes.

5. Look Away From the Computer Screen

Staring at a computer or phone screen for too long can cause:

  • Eyestrain
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble focusing at a distance
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain

6. Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly

Everyone needs a regular eye exam, even young children. It helps protect your sight and lets you see your best.
Eye exams can also find diseases, like glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to spot them early on, when they’re easier to treat.

culled from http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/

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12 May Performance Management – Meaning, System and Process

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The role of HR in the present scenario has undergone a sea change and its focus is on evolving such functional strategies which enable successful implementation of the major corporate strategies. In a way, HR and corporate strategies function in alignment. Today, HR works towards facilitating and improving the performance of the employees by building a conducive work environment and providing maximum opportunities to the employees for participating in organizational planning and decision making process.

Today, all the major activities of HR are driven towards development of high performance leaders and fostering employee motivation. So, it can be interpreted that the role of HR has evolved from merely an appraiser to a facilitator and an enabler.

Performance management can be regarded as a systematic process by which the overall performance of an organization can be improved by improving the performance of individuals within a team framework. It is a means for promoting superior performance by communicating expectations, defining roles within a required competence framework and establishing achievable benchmarks.

Performance management is an ongoing communication process which is carried between the supervisors and the employees throughout the year. The process is very much cyclical and continuous in nature. A performance management system includes the following actions.

  • Developing clear job descriptions and employee performance plans which includes the key performance indicators (KPI) and performance indicators.
  • Selection of right set of people by implementing an appropriate selection process.
  • Negotiating requirements and performance standards for measuring the outcome and overall productivity against the predefined benchmarks.
  • Providing continuous coaching and feedback during the period of delivery of performance.
  • Identifying the training and development needs by measuring the outcomes achieved against the set standards and implementing effective development programs for improvement.
  • Holding quarterly performance development discussions and evaluating employee performance on the basis of performance plans.
  • Designing effective compensation and reward systems for recognizing those employees who excel in their jobs by achieving the set standards in accordance with the performance plans or rather exceed the performance benchmarks.
  • Providing promotional/career development support and guidance to the employees.
  • Performing exit interviews for understanding the cause of employee discontentment and thereafter exit from an organization.

To conclude, performance management can be regarded as a proactive system of managing employee performance for driving the individuals and the organizations towards desired performance and results. It’s about striking a harmonious alignment between individual and organizational objectives for accomplishment of excellence in performance.

Culled http://www.managementstudyguide.com/performance-management.htm

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05 May The Mental Benefits of Running

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Running reduces stress by boosting levels of serotonin in your brain and creating a more positive mood.

Self esteem is improved and goals are achieved through running. Runners realize a greater sense of self-reliance and accomplishment. In other words, running provides an individual with an all natural, drug free, power-packed ego boost!

Running fights depression with the brain’s release of beta endorphins. These are neurotransmitters made in the pituitary gland that can reduce pain, boost the immune system, and bring a greater sense of well being. These “miracle” compounds have eighty times as much pain-easing effect as morphine.

Runners can enjoy a sense of freedom, by forgetting about troubles and feeling the wind in their hair. They can control their own destiny, as they alone make the decision to run as fast and as far as they want!

Running sharpens focus and improves mental stamina, by giving circulation a boost and increasing the flow of blood to the brain!

Social circles can be widened through running by joining a group or a club of fellow enthusiasts.

Lastly, running helps to improve appearance by getting the blood pumping which creates a healthy glow and by reducing the waistline. The bottom line is, when we look better, we feel better!

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05 May RECRUITMENT MADE EASY WITH JOB CLOUD

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In state of hardly stable economy globally where people become jobless due to layoff by their employers, the market has again filled with two types of talents [Experienced & Fresher]. At the same moment the stable organizations are actively looking forward to hire a potential candidate and seem to find someone who just gets into the running wheel, fill the empty space and start delivering the type of benefit organizations expect from them.

HR Department having experienced HR professionals play a vital role in handling HR issues like identifying potential candidates for recruitment, managing existing employees, their leaves management, payroll all the way till performance evaluation etc. But not to forget that in majority of small and medium organizations the department in its entirety does not even exist or if it does then any additional costs of implementing technology is considered a liability. In most cases hiring is outsourced to external vendors where quality is compromised based on the budget quoted by them. And, if the technology is introduced the cost of having software to manage the recruitment process, employees and documents management, payroll management etc goes in thousands of dollars.

TAMS Job Cloud not only makes it easy to manage recruitment process efficiently, but is also very cost effective. TAMS Job cloud integrates with existing third party job site; that makes it easy for the company to directly post job vacancies for candidates to apply directly into your system. A hassle free short-listing process never misses any CV and delivers the candidates exactly of the HR managers’ choice.

Contact us today at TAMS for free consultation and deployment of an easy to use job search solution.

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28 Apr Shift Management

Shift is an essential part in the TAMS application that helps the application to recognize the expected days and times that an employee is to clock in and out on the biometric device. Just before the attendance feature can be put into use, the administrator is supposed to appropriately configure and assign the various shifts that would be used in the organization. Shift Management

Shift Management

Under the Shift Management module, you can find the following sub-modules:

  1. Day Shifts
  2. Weekly Shift
  3. Night Shifts
  4. Monthly
  5. Employee Day Shift
  6. Employee Night Shifts.
  7. Shift Assignment
  8. Shift Report

DAY Shift

Day shift enable you create the time of resumption and closure throughout the Days in the week.

CREATING DAY Shift

Navigate to SHIFT MANAGEMENT; DAY SHIFT then locate the CREATE

A dialog box pops up, containing a form

Shift Name: An identifier for that shift being created

Clock Time: The expected time for employees in this shift to clock in and clock out.

Break Time: The time between for breaking in and out

Clock-In/Out Reminder: If clock-in reminder was enabled in

Click the submit button.

VERIFYING EMPLOYEE SHIFTS

When all the shifts needed have been created successfully and employees have been created as well and chosen one of the created shifts for that employee (in MANAGE USER ACTIVE USERS ADD USER) , you can verify their shifts by navigating to SHIFT MANAGEMENT EMP. DAY SHIFT( or EMP. NIGHT SHIFT) and view all the shifts from the table.

The SYNCHRONISE EMPLOYEE SHIFT button should only be used if the appropriated shift wasn’t correctly allocated to the employee, and this will reset the shifts.

Shift Management

The SYNCHRONISE EMPLOYEE SHIFT button should only be used if the appropriated shift wasn’t correctly allocated to the employee, and this will reset the shifts.The SYNCHRONISE EMPLOYEE SHIFT button should only be used if the appropriated shift wasn’t correctly allocated to the employee, and this will reset the shifts.t

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28 Apr MEGALETRICS CENTRALLY MONITORS HER WORKFORCE WITH TAMS

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Business Overview 

MEGALECTRICS LIMITED Is a reputable and wholly owned indigenous company with its headquarters in Lagos. The company is presently operating four (4) radio stations; The Beat, Naija FM, Classic FM and Lagos Talks with locations in Lagos and Ibadan.

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However, in order to effectively and consistently deliver on its essential role- considering its multiple locations across the country- Megaletrics saw an urgent need for improved time management to enhance employee productivity.

Challenges

The organization could not successfully monitor staff attendance or time management, which meant that punctuality and speed of service were suffering. This situation had a negative effect on productivity, thus defeating the mission of the Council to remain Africa’s foremost examining body in laying a strong foundation for human resource development. Having realized that manual paper-based attendance logs were no longer sufficient to tackle time theft and poor turnaround time, they looked for a reliable solution to curb the unwarranted excesses.

Solution

That was how TAMS came into the picture, having been adjudged the best solution with the capacity to centrally manage and monitor employee attendance across all the organization’s locations nationwide. With a robust technology and multinational experience in boosting employee productivity in organizations of all types and sizes, TAMS deployed its cloud based biometrics attendance solution to help the organization achieve improvement in staff attendance, punctuality and service delivery.

Conclusion

TAMS is a complete human resource management system that helps employers manage their employees from recruitment to retirement. With its multiple locations and easy-to-use interface, it is renowned for making the job of the HR manager practically effortless. Among many benefits, organizations with multiple locations can centrally manage employee attendance and productivity in different locations without waiting for a location manager. Right at the HR manager’s finger print, reports of any location can be accessed anytime and anywhere.

Contact the TAMS team right away for free consultation on what best suits your organization.

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27 Apr Unrivalled Benefits of Biometric Authentication

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As an automated method of recognizing a person based on a physiological or behavioral characteristic, the features measured by biometrics include face, fingerprints, hand geometry, handwriting, iris, retina, vein and voice. Clearly, biometric data are separate and distinct from personal information. Biometric templates cannot be reverse-engineered to recreate personal information and they cannot be stolen or used to access personal information.

For all intents and purposes, the use of a unique, physical attribute of the body such as fingerprint or iris to effortlessly identify and verify that someone is who they claim to be is the best security solution in the market today. That is the reality and power of biometrics technology.

In all ramifications, biometrics offer high level identification management that surpasses traditional means, namely:

  • Accurate identification
  • Accountability
  • Safe and easy-to-use
  • Time saving
  • User-friendly systems
  • Guaranteed security
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21 Apr TAMS OFFERS TAMS CLASSIC EXCLUSIVELY FOR SMEs

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Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a critical role in the growth of any economy, whether developed, developing or underdeveloped. Described as engines of growth, SMEs are, among other things, vehicles for the generation of employment.

In the last one year since Nigeria officially went into recession, all business concerns, most especially SMEs, have struggled to keep afloat, not to talk of making a profit. With depleted resources, salaries and other running costs have become the last items in the hierarchy of corporate priorities, if ever they are honoured. And to make matters worse, banks that should come to the aid of ailing businesses are themselves cash strapped. And the government? Well, they are preoccupied with getting the country out of this economic morass. Unfortunately, a good number of small companies resorted to downsizing their workforce while some others have closed down.
So, to stay in business, successful business owners, entrepreneurs and experts have advised that a good organization must learn to think out of the box. While most SMEs tend to choose the downsizing option to cut cost because employee costs take a huge chunk of operational expenses, research has shown that downsizing is really not the answer. For instance, an unintended consequence of downsizing is that some good hands on whom the company might have invested a lot in training and development will be laid off. Due to their skills and experience, they are not likely to be available when the business recovers, thus forcing the company to expend a huge budget and time to get new people to fill the gap.

Since there is a strong correlation between a productive workforce and business performance, in order to ensure sustainable success, it behooves every company to make concerted efforts to retain its best hands. To do this might require a little investment in human resource management technology, which unfortunately might be too complex and pricey. However, an affordable and easy-to-use homegrown workforce management solution, TAMS, is renowned for its value proposition of managing the human resource journey from recruitment to retirement.
In view of the impact of the current economic situation on SMEs in particular, TAMS, at the beginning of the year, introduced the Classic version of its solution exclusively for SMEs. With free registration, free set-up and free online support, the TAMS Classic provides SMEs with an array of employee management benefits, including time and attendance management; shift management; employee database management; leave and exemption management; appraisal; direct remittance; payroll management.

With responsive customer care and technical support system, the TAMS team is only a call away. Consult us today to get started.

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21 Apr SIX HEALTHY FOODS THAT CAN BE HARMFUL WHEN EATEN TOO MUCH

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There are lot of super healthy food and spices which are recommended by doctors and nutritionists like cinnamon powder, tuna fish, coffee, oranges, tomatoes, spinach and Nutmeg. But these food are also recommended to eating proportion and not in excess amount. There’s no doubt that these foods are packed with super powerful essential nutrients but if eaten too much they can be very harmful for the body. Following are the healthy foods harmful listed which are if taking excessively can cause serious damage to your health.

Tuna Fish
Is very high in proteins and omega-3 fatty acids and it is recommended by nutritionists. It is also rich in environmental polluted substance called methylmercury. This effects can cause hearing and vision problem, difficulty in conceiving and lack of coordination in speech.

Orange and Tomatoes
Oranges and tomatoes are packed with a lot of vitamins and essential minerals. But from now you should be very careful before taking them in large quantities. Oranges and tomatoes are highly acidic in nature and when consumed in higher amount the acid level rises and can cause reflux, which results in heartburn and inflammation.

Coffee
Coffee is an excellent and yummy caffeinated beverage that is packed with a lot of antioxidants and vitamins. Plus it can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. But it is so much reach in caffeine and it is not very healthy if it is used excessively.

Cinnamon Powder
Is enriched with o lot of essential nutrients and healthy antioxidants that can reduce the cholesterol level and blood sugar level in the body and it is also beneficial for diabetes, cancer, obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. But cinnamon also has a harmful substance called coumarin, which is pretty much harmful in large does and can have adverse health effects. This can cause constipation.

Spinach
It is a power pack of iron, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and has numerous benefit but excess use of spinach may cause blurred vision and blindness because of the presence of excessive nutrients. And excessive amount of iron in the spinach leaves can also cause kidney stones

Nutmeg
This is a spice that has very unique and different taste and used in many desserts like cake and puddings. But it is also rich in a substance called myristicin, which is a photoactive ingredient. But if it is taken in large amount than it may cause hallucinations, dizziness and can act as a slow poisoning in the body.
culled from http://www.nutritionplug.com/6-healthy-foods-harmful-eaten-much

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