27 Feb EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION

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Employee Compensation

Employees are invaluable assets for every organization, regardless of type or size. Therefore, ensuring their welfare and engagement can make them more productive and less likely to leave the company.

As a matter of fact, this is not only an internal consideration but also a competitive one because securing and retaining top talent is akin to securing and retaining customers, where effectively identifying the appropriate target and sustaining that relationship lowers long-term costs and increases brand value.

One of the key instruments in attracting and keeping employees is creating an effective compensation package. Thus, compensation must be both competitive and well-designed to meet the needs of the employee. Instructively, though, employee compensation goes beyond dolling out cash. Other forms of remuneration should be identified, such as sponsored vacation, cinemas, dinner with friends or family, amongst many others. Naturally, someone who is appreciated tends to do more and possibly surpass the previous record; which in turn will most likely encourage other staff to toe the line.

Cash compensation can be a two-edged sword if it not managed properly. On one hand, a high base salary and a lucrative benefits package can help an organization keep and retain high-quality employees. On the other hand, high levels of compensation create high overhead for the company. In addition, attracting employees purely through offering high levels of compensation has disadvantages. For instance, such employees may have little attachment to the fundamentals of the job and may leave as soon as they find a better offer.

Therefore, companies need to find a balance when creating a compensation package to attract quality employees and keep overhead low. To identify this balance, companies must look at the structure of the wages within the organization, the compensation common in their industry, as well as their strengths and those of their competitors. By looking at these factors an organization can attract the employees it needs to maintain a competitive advantage and keep employee turnover low.

Source: https://www.boundless.com/management/textbooks/boundless-management-textbook/human-resource-management-7/current-topics-in-human-resource-management-60/compensation-and-competition-305-3955/

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24 Feb General Computer Tricks That Everyone Should Know

General Computer Tricks

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Many hardcore computer users might think themselves above learning new tricks, but there’s always new things to learn that will help improve your skills. Our bet: you will find at least one useful thing here that you didn’t know before.

Windows hidden “god mode” folder Windows offers a centralized Control Panel for all of the OS settings, which makes it easy for users to tweak everything from desktop background to setting up a VPN. To enter this mode, create a new folder with this exact name (copy and paste it): God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. The folder icon will change to a Control Panel-style icon, and you will be able to jump in and change all kinds of settings. Note: Don’t try this on Windows Vista 64-bit as it’s known to cause a reboot loop.

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other computer tips are as follows :-

  • Use Problem Steps Recorder: This handy tool automatically records any mouse clicks and takes screenshots for you. If you need tech assistance with your computer, go to Run by typing Windows + R, and then type “psr.” Use the tool and by the time you are finished, you can send this information, neatly compiled automatically, to the person helping you with the issue. It will make the process of finding the problem much easier for them, which means you will be able to get your system up and running faster.
  • Find/Delete large files wasting space: A handy tool called WinDirStat (Windows Directory Statistics)can be used to easily find which files and folders are taking up the most space on your drive. From there, you can delete them and open up a ton of storage space.

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  • Reduce the number of programs running at startup: If your PC is taking too long to boot, it’s probably because you have far too many programs running at startup. Reducing this is easy, it will make your PC launch noticeably faster and lighter upon first load. To change the items running at startup, go to Run using the hotkey Windows key + R, and type “msconfig.” A small window will appear (see the screenshot below), select the Startup tab. From here you will be able to turn off many startup programs, which can shave several seconds (or minutes) off your boot time. (Note Windows 8 has moved this functionality to the Task Manager). Try to make sure you research what you are turning off as some processes might be needed by third party programs or drivers you have installed.

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  • Cloud backup important files: If you’re working on a critical paper for school, work, or any other major project, make sure you are backing up the file not just locally. You can use services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or any of the other popular cloud storage solution which will do the legwork for you on the background. Of course, you can also throw the files on a thumb drive or external HDD just to be safe but backing up to the cloud can be done seamlessly which is twice the advantage.

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24 Feb Raeanna Deploys TAMS

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Raeanna Deploys TAMS

Raeanna Nigeria Limited one of the leading wholly indigenous firm is Nigeria with expertise in the fields of Construction, Telecommunication and Power Generation aligns with TAMS to help manage its human resources from recruitment to retirement.

TAMS will remotely manage employee’s time attendance, payroll management/salary processing, shift and leave management as well as other human resources needs.

Furthermore, the salary processing enables direct remittance on salaries and other allowances, thus eliminating the burden of moving cash and facilitating compliance to the CBN’s cashless policy.

TAMS’ time-tested attendance, HRM, payroll and related functionalities enjoy acclaim across different sectors and business sizes as it saves organizations the burden of time theft, loss of productivity and

As we in TAMS, we are building our reputation on your satisfaction.

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23 Feb TIME MANAGEMENT

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Time Management

HOW DO YOU MANAGE TIME?

As defined in last week’s article titled Time Management:

Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.

“Time management” refers to the way that you organize and plan how long you spend on specific activities. Mindtools…

Time is essential in planning and getting things done, people always complain about time not been enough unfortunately 24hours daily is what is needed to achieve set goals and targets, how it is now best used depends on how properly the 24hours bracket is been put to use to get better results. According to Michael Altshuher, “The bad news about time is, time flies but the good news is, you and i are the pilot. We can …manage it and direct it to land at a place called “on-time”-

Siting last week’s article achievers work smart by making time a priority to get things done as against the believe that working hard get things done. Hard work without time management limits actualization of goals and set targets.

Below are few listed effects of time management:

Poor customer service that may lead to loss of potential clients

Unexceptional outputs

Decline in productivity

Poor information management

Heightened stress levels

Proper time management will assist and curb the following:

Delegate Tasks

Prioritize Work

Avoid Procrastination

Schedule Tasks

Avoid Stress

Set up Deadlines

Avoid Multitasking

Start Early

Take Some Breaks

Learn to say No

In conclusion time management is key in planning, if not well managed affects individual, corporate or government’s outcome. Example is a government official does not need to use sirens that results to noise pollution when going for a function understanding our environment, all he needs do is to manage time properly by leaving early in order to arrive at events as at when due

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23 Feb SETTING UP LOCATION

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Locations can either be Outlets, Branches, subsidiaries or anything which is part of the organization that has a geographical location outside of the company.

Click create location to pop up the following details

Location: A name for the location

City: City of the location

Address: Full Address of the location

State: The state where the location is situated.

Created By: Auto appended name of the administrator logged in when creating the location

Edit/Delete: Update or Delete and existing Administrator

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21 Feb TAMS Appraisal System Conveniences

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Tams Appraisal System Conveniences

Whether you have tams appraisal system conveniences or 10 employees or 10,000, using a performance appraisal system put your employees on the track to increased productivity and keep them there.

With increased visibility of company goals, employees will understand what is important to the company’s bottom line and direct their efforts to be focused on what is necessary to make your company successful

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16 Feb REALS GROUP INSTALLS TAMS ACCESS CONTROL

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REALS DEPLOY ACCESS CONTROL

Reals Group is a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Nigeria with a clear understanding of the importance of a fully secure environment has deployed our smart Access Control solution to complement their existing security apparatus to safeguard lives and property on their premises.

Reals Group started as Reals Pharmaceuticals Limited, a company that commenced its operation as the local scientific and marketing office of Zeneca Pharmaceuticals Limited, now AstraZeneca U.K. Today, the scope of our operations has extended beyond just being the local scientific and marketing office for AstraZeneca to becoming the sole Nigeria representative and distributor of a number of other first class pharmaceutical industries in the world.

Reals Group joins an array of our Access Control clientele such as GTBank (nationwide), Lagos Court of Appeal, Kimberley Clark, Nigachem, 141 WorldWide, Systems Specs, I-Fitness amongst many others.

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15 Feb Top 10 Health Tips to Stay Healthy

 Top 10 Health Tips to Stay Healthy

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  1. Embrace nutrition basics. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. Forget the fad diets and adopt a healthy eating plan including a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.
  2. Move more. Aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity, such as walking, each week to assist in weight maintenance and overall health.
  3. Be smoke free. Make a plan for the challenges you will face and keep trying your best. Seek support and talk to your doctor about medications that can double your chances of quitting for good.
  4. Schedule sleep. Make sleep a priority to enjoy a more focused, energy-filled lifestyle. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Create a relaxing bed-time routine and change your electronic device settings to the “night-shift” mode.
  5. Prioritize preventive screenings. Many medical conditions can be recognized in the early stages by getting preventive screenings and immunizations. Ask your doctor about what screenings are recommended for you.
  6. Connect with others. Building a community of people who can help you through life’s ups and downs is a vital step towards happiness and good health. Invest in relationships that provide encouragement and accountability to both parties.
  7. Stress Less. Gratitude has been shown to lower stress, which prevents many other physical and mental consequences. Instead of focusing on what your body can’t do or how you wish your body looked, try expressing gratitude for where you are now and the opportunity to make improvements.
  8. Work toward or maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, work toward losing 5-7% of your weight to significantly reduce your health risks. Studies show that individuals who track their intake using an app, such as myfitnesspal, lose more weight and keep it off compared to those who don’t track.
  9. Set SMART goals. General goals such as “exercise more” are not effective. A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Timely. “I will walk 20 minutes over my lunch break on Tuesdays and Thursdays” is a SMART goal.
  10. Stay positive. Health goals don’t always go as planned. When you face challenges, focus on all of the positive changes you have made, no matter how small they seem. Treat yourself with kindness, like you would a good friend.
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14 Feb DEVICE MANAGER

 

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Device Manager

This is where the information of all the devices are stated for an organization.

With an add new device button to add new devices.

Alias: A random name you can use to identify each device

Serial Number: This is the serial number embedded from the OEM.

Status: this is to signify if the device is Offline or Online

Last transaction: This will show the date and time the device pulled last

Device Type: this will state is the device is a Mobile or Fixed device

Edit: Click edit button in a device row to modify its details.

TO ADD NEW DEVICE

This walks you through tabs/forms for you to successfully add a device

  • It gives you access to select the type of device you wish to add
  • Step two will further allow your proceed to adding the model of the biometrics installed for attendance.
  • Step three enables you to add the device serial number for configuration.
  • Step four is where device license and identification name(alias) is added alongside the time zone which is varies due to location/region for Nigeria GMT + 1

Finally click submit and robot your device by restarting to get started.

 

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14 Feb Cyber Security Tips to Prevent Hacking

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Cyber Security Tips to Prevent Hacking

While there are no guarantees that malicious actors won’t get to your information, the following cyber security tips will decrease the probability of getting your personal information hacked.

1. Have Complicated, Unique, Difficult-To-Crack Passwords

Hate changing your passwords for your social media, online banking, Amazon.com and other online accounts? So do I. But having someone invade your privacy, social channels, or even financials is a lot worse.

 

A good solution to create strong passwords (and track them at the same time) is to sign up for a password storage tool. Personally, I use 1Password which carries a yearly fee. I’ve also heard good things about a free tool called LastPass.

ll you need to do, once you have such a tool, is to create one really complex password and remember it. Then you can let the tool auto-generate all your other long and tricky passwords, which you won’t need to remember.
 

2. Never Reuse a Password

Don’t use the same password or slightly modify it to use it on multiple accounts. Make each password unique, with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, special characters – at least 9 characters, ideally more.

3. Update Your Passwords Regularly

Change your passwords periodically (at least every 6-12 months). While having a really difficult password is the number one way to protect your accounts, changing your password cannot hurt.

 

4. Prevent “Dictionary Attacks”

Don’t use dictionary words, your pet’s name, your college or any other words that have an obvious correlation to you as a person. These are easy to find, even just via Google, and so-called “dictionary attacks” – that are extremely common and simple – can crack those passwords in no time.

NOTE: Personally, I also discourage publishing your birthday on LinkedIn or Facebook as this date is a crucial detail to cracking and taking over your (online) identity; especially in the USA where birth date and social security number ARE your identity.

 

5. Tighten Your Security and Privacy Settings

Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media channels occasionally change their privacy options, which is easy to miss (or dismiss) as those changes are generally not very interesting. For a safe 2017, visit your social channels and review your privacy and notification settings. While you are there, disconnect access for apps you no longer use.

 

6. Enable Two-Factor-Authentication

Something often dismissed as too complicated is two-step-verification. Most social platforms, banks and other accounts let you enable it. Here is how it works:

  • In addition to your password, every time you sign in, you get a text message or app notification with a code that you need to enter before you get access to your account.
  • You’ll be asked to specify your trusted device(s) to receive the code, e.g. your iPhone or iPad, so only you have access.

7. Don’t Store Passwords in Your Browser

I know, it seems convenient but hackers feel the same way. Browser attacks are very common.

  1. Have a Security Program Installed

You need a virus protection program at a minimum. And many now come with privacy packages to help you in case you do get hacked. Also consider a service that alerts you to invasions into your personal information, like changes in your credit report.

9. Always Install Updates

Don’t dally when it comes to installing updates to your applications, Operation System or website. While I admit that I sometimes wait a few days when a new OS update comes out so that some main bugs can be fixed first, I never wait for more than a week. If the new release is specifically designed to plug security holes in the software, don’t delay.

 

  1. Don’t Simply Click On Any Link

Phishing is generally an attempt to get users to click on a malicious URL that will upload a virus if you do. Never click on a URL sent by your bank, PayPal or other account that requires you to sign in. Often, malicious actors will steal your password that way or upload a virus. Instead, go to the site directly and log in from there to check on a message.

Also, be suspicious about the senders of any message you receive via email or social media. Sometimes when I see a shortened link I ask the sender to give me the URL to look it up myself.

 

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