27 Mar Time & Attendance Technology Revolution

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Time Attendance Technology Revolution: Are You Keeping Pace?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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27 Mar Pragmatic Joins TAMS Web

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Business Overview

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

Synopsis

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

Challenge

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

Immediate Benefits:

Convenience: Web based software

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

Savings/ROI: Increased Efficiency to Operations

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

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24 Mar SETTING APPROVAL LEVEL ON TAMS

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TAMS Approval Level

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

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

Approval Level: Number of people to approve.

Description: A short description for the Approval

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

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

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

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22 Mar HRM MADE EASY FOR HR MANAGERS

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HRM MADE EASY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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21 Mar Science-Backed Tips For Living Longer

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Living Longer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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17 Mar Nett Pharmacy Saves Money with TAMS

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Nett Pharmacy saves money

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

The Problem

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

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

TAMS SOLUTION

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

THE RESULT

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

CONCLUSION

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

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

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16 Mar CREATING CADRE ON TAMS

Cadre

Cadre Tab is the ground for viewing and pre-configuring all the Cadre/hierarchy of employees. Cadres are set based on the grades in the organization e.g Senior Management cadre, Senior Staff, Junior staff etc and a rank is attached based on the rank each grade level falls in siting the example of the civil service where the highest grade level the permanent secretary with rank place at level 16 etc.

The information needed to setup an administrator is as follows;

Cadre: An identification string for the cadre /hierarchy in an organization.

Description: A short description for the cadre.

Created: Auto appended name of admin creating the record

Edit/Delete: Update or Delete and existing Administrator

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15 Mar Tips on How to Speed Up a Slow PC

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Tips on How to Speed Up a Slow PC

Windows PCs don’t have to slow down over time. Whether your PC has gradually become slower or it suddenly ground to a halt a few minutes ago, there could be quite a few reasons for that slowness.

As with all PC issues, don’t be afraid to give your computer a reboot if something’s not working properly. This can fix quite a few problems and is faster than attempting to manually troubleshoot and fix the problem yourself.

Find Resource-Hungry Programs

Your PC is running slow because something is using up those resources. If it’s suddenly running slower, a runaway process might be using 99% of your CPU resources, for example. Or, an application might be experiencing a memory leak and using a large amount of memory, causing your PC to swap to disk. Alternately, an application might be using the disk a lot, causing other applications to slow down when they need to load data from or save it to the disk.

Close System Tray Programs

Many applications tend to run in the system tray, or notification area. These applications often launch at startup and stay running in the background but remain hidden behind the up arrow icon at the bottom-right corner of your screen. Click the up arrow icon near the system tray, right-click any applications you don’t need running in the background, and close them to free up resources.

Disable Startup Programs

Better yet, prevent those applications from launching at startup to save memory and CPU cycles, as well as speed up the login process.

Reduce Animations

Windows uses quite a few animations, and those animations can make your PC seem a bit slower. For example, Windows can minimize and maximize windows instantly if you disable the associated animations.

Lighten Your Web Browser

There’s a good chance you use your web browser a lot, so your web browser may just be a bit slow. It’s a good idea to use as few browser extensions, or add-ons, as possible — those slow down your web browser and cause it to use more memory.

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14 Mar INTEGRATING HRM SOLUTIONS WITH THIRD PARTY APPS

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Integrating HRM Solutions with third party apps

Current and prospective users of HR management systems have always wondered if and how such solutions can be integrated with third party applications. Lacking sufficient information, most are unwilling to abandon existing HRM systems. This hesitancy is quite normal, although in the final analysis, all they want is a flexible solution that can be easily integrated with their current system.

Because human resource management needs are expansive, more and more human resource solutions are moving to the Cloud, a situation that has led to an increase in the need for new solutions to ease the job of the HR manager. Thus, it has become imperative to get a solution that is flexible enough to enable integration without the burden complex tools or additional costs.

Essentially, integration allows for easy export and import of simplified data from one software to another. However, integrating two or more applications might require access to backend information to ensure a more successful process. For that reason, organizations might fare better with a homegrown solution that is flexible enough to accommodate their specific needs with the assurance of world class quality at their finger tips.

One of such homegrown solutions is TAMS, an award-winning HRM solution developed by SB Tel & Devices, a firm of Nigerian IT entrepreneurs who have a clear understanding of the needs of Nigerian businesses. TAMS has flexible and easy-to-use features that enable seamless integration with other Cloud-based HRM applications. Reputed for its robust capacity to manage the employee’s productive journey from recruitment to retirement, TAMS has a bouquet of benefits such as time management, shift management, appraisal management, leave management, loan management, payroll and remittance, employee self-service, etc.

For the HR manager, the message from TAMS is “Don’t discard your existing solution. Contact TAMS online or offline for free consultation on integrating your existing HRM system- a guaranteed move that will save you money while meeting all your HRM requirements, and much more.”

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09 Mar TAMS ADMINISTRATOR SET UP

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TAMS administrator set-up

Administrators Tab is the page where administrators with higher privilege is set, the Administrator Tab allows you set privileges for one or more individual who serves as the mangers of the TAMS portal, the administrators could be set as a general administrator or location administrator.

A general administrator manages the application end to end irrespective of his or her location, the general administrator has control over all modules and settings related to the company, and while the location administrator manages modules based on the location he or she is assigned to. The information needed to setup an administrator is as follows

Access Level: There are two options in setting the access level company and location. Choosing company means having control over all modules and settings related to the company, while Location would restrict the access to a particular location/outlet/branch of the company.

Username: A unique admin name for logging in.

Full Name: The full name of the Administrator

Email: A valid email address of the Administrator

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