09 Mar VON NIGERIA TESTIFIES TO THE GOOD WORK OF TAMS

VON Nigeria’s Time Attendance Success Story  

VON Automobiles Nigeria Limited is the foremost automobile assembling firm in Nigeria with core expertise in the assembling of chassis and buses, light and heavy trucks with the aim to manufacture Made in Nigeria buses in the near future.

VON provides direct employment for over 300 people and aims to create 1,800- 2,000 jobs indirectly. To manage productivity of its burgeoning workforce, they signed up on TAMS in 2012. The TAMS Editorial team had a chance to speak with Mr. Idowu Adebiyi, VON’s human resources manager.

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Please introduce yourself, sir.

My name is Idowu Adebiyi, the Human Resources Manager of VON Automobile.

 

Can you tell us a little about VON Nigeria?

VON Nigeria the foremost automobile assembling firm in Nigeria with core expertise in the assembling of vehicles. VON fully started operations in 2011 having successfully rolled out the first assembled vehicle from there plant in October of the same year. VON automobile has added value to the transportation system and the labour market in the country over 300 hundred staff strength.

 

How did you hear about TAMS?

I was looking for a solution that will effectively manage my workforce as I had so many issues to attend to at the same time, luckily I stumbled upon a flier which read ‘Manage your staff from recruitment to retirement’. This prompted me to put a call through to the contact and I invited them for a presentation. Fortunately, their response was quite swift and they showcased what they had which really surpassed my expectation, as I didn’t know we had a home-based HRMS company with such capacity.

 

Before TAMS what was the situation of human resources and time management in VON?

At that time, I had to be chasing people all over the place to ensure they were working. I would follow-up with them to know where they where and urge them to arrive early at work. However, when we purchased TAMS, I was able to get accuracy and no longer run after staff, because when you are late you know there are implications for such issues.

 

In what way has TAMS impacted on your operations?

The value added of TAMS to us is more of the time management and in life really if you can’t manage your time you can’t manage anything.

 

What has your experience been with in terms of employee accountability?

The kind of operation we run in VON is about productivity and remarkably, we’ve been able to increase productivity by 30%. Compared to the pre-TAMS era, staff are now conscious of time. Statistics I have shows that they come in early and get to their duty stations promptly, thus ensuring that we can manage and gauge productivity.

 

Will you recommend TAMS?

Sure I will, I will always recommend TAMS to harness its vast advantage.

 

 

 

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08 Mar Weight Loss Tips

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Weight Loss Tips

Let’s face it: The rules of weight loss—eat less, move more, treats in moderation— are a drag. And they don’t fit with most dieters’ quick-fix, thinner-by-dinner expectations. Cue diet crutches: tricks, based on scant science, that may speed up results. So if a friend swears that munching on grapefruit gets her into skinny jeans, or a coworker credits ice water for his sleek physique, should you try it too.

  • Cleanse your system

It sounds simple: Drink “body-flushing” liquids and eat little or no solid food. But just because celebs do it doesn’t mean you should.

  • Filling up on fiber

Fiber is not absorbed well by the body, but is also very filling, which makes it a great choice for people trying to lose weight

  • Packing in the protein

consume lean protein and good carbohydrates (like whole grains) allows your body to get the energy it needs without the added fat.

  • Snacking before exercise

A small snack before exercise helps to have a more productive workout since it gives a quick energy boost.

  • Don’t Skip your meals

Eating more small meals may help dieters to quell cravings, though, and it also discourages bingeing later.

  • Drinking lots of water

Dietitians recommend staying hydrated all day long. The Institute of Medicine recommends women consume 2.7 liters and men 3.7 liters daily (about 11 and 15 glasses of water a day, respectively).

  • Constantly caffeinating

It’s safe to boost your energy with a bit of caffeine before a workout, but too much caffeine can be harmful. “It’s a central nervous system stimulant, which can affect your heart rate and blood pressure,” says Dubost. (Keep your daily caffeine to 250 milligrams or less.)

  • Cutting portions

Be your very own portion police. eat meals until you feel satisfied. cutting down on your food portions is great way to eat something more decadent, while still adhering to a diet.

sourced from http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20517473,00.html

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07 Mar Financial Security Tips

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Financial Security Tips

Over the years top financial advisers all over the world have built a deep institutional memory of personal-finance wisdom. the advice below lists 8 financial security tips that one should have in mind when safeguarding your personal assets.

Key 1: Invest in yourself

Your own earning power — rooted in your education and job skills — is the most valuable asset you’ll ever own, and it can’t be wiped out in a market crash. Keep your earning power growing through continuous education, training and personal development. If you work in a field prone to periodic layoffs or falling earnings, think about a career change, especially if there’s something else you’ve always dreamed of doing.

Key 2: Protect yourself and your loved ones

Before you acquire any financial assets, make sure you have enough insurance against life’s big risks — serious illness, disability and early death. Most people, young families in particular, are woefully underinsured, especially for disability. When an emergency arises, you and your family will never regret having “wasted” all those annual premiums on insurance you “don’t need.”

Key 3: Borrow sparingly

Use credit only to purchase things of lasting value: a home, education, maybe a car. Pay cash for everything else such as clothing, travel, entertainment and furniture. Even better, take advantage of the credit card company’s free 30-day loan by charging responsibly and paying off the bill in full every month. Do you know anyone who got into big financial trouble because they didn’t borrow enough money? I don’t.

Key 4: Pay yourself first

If you feel you never have any money “left over” for investing after you pay all your bills, try reversing the bill-paying process. Make the first check you write each month a deposit to your mutual fund, money market or brokerage account. Then pay all your regular monthly bills, finishing up with the credit card bill. If you’re having trouble paying that last bill, trim your discretionary spending — but keep paying yourself first.

Key 5: Don’t go for the home run

In investing, as in baseball, those who swing for the fences do hit the occasional home run. But they strike out a lot too, and their lifetime batting average — average annual total return — suffers accordingly. So shy away from highly volatile stocks, Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), buying on margin and commodity trading. Don’t try to time markets, because no one does it consistently well. Use dollar-cost averaging to invest regularly in markets good, bad and lackluster. Have the patience to wait out the occasional (and inevitable) bear markets.

Key 6: Diversify, diversify, diversify

When tech stocks were flying high in the late ’90s, safer investments like bonds, CDs and less-volatile blue-chip stocks were derided as sissy stuff. Diversification was considered boring. But successful investors have always known that any one class of assets — stocks, real estate, bonds, cash — will have its day in the doghouse and its day in the sun. That’s why you’ve got to own all of them, in a mix that’s right for your age, income, family responsibilities and tolerance for risk.

Key 7: Live simply today for a more comfortable tomorrow

Deferred gratification is no fun, but it’s the only way I know to fund your long-term goals — college for your kids or grandkids, that vacation home you’ve always wanted, early retirement, a generous bequest to your alma mater. Take a close look at your current lifestyle, and if you see a lot of spending that is dispensable, consider it found money for the bigger dreams in your life.

Key 8: Give generously to create a better world

Your own financial security depends far more than you may think on the financial, physical and spiritual health of others in your community, our nation, our world. When you share your good fortune by donating your money, time and talent to charity, you help create a stronger economy and a healthier, safer world.

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06 Mar THE BENEFITS OF ONLINE HR SOFTWARE

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ONLINE HR SOFTWARE BENEFITS

Technology has entirely changed the face of the workplace environment and in the process condemning, as it were, analog systems to the distant past. One recalls the wastage associated with the typewriter machine as a huge chunk of the budget would always be expended on paper reams due to the likelihood of mistakes that would need to be corrected. Contrast that to the present day advent of the computer system where all you need is a click on your computer keyboard and all mistakes are corrected.

The world of human resource management is not alien to the impact of technology with the advent of online HRM softwares, such as TAMS; an online human resource software that helps employers manage human resource functions of their organization from recruitment to retirement. TAMS has the capability to maintain employment records of all staff members, including staffing, performance management, compensation and benefits.

A proven system that drives overall organizational performance, TAMS helps to align employee productivity to corporate vision, goals and targets. It is deployed as a ready-made solution that meets industry standards and needs of many organizations, and can also be tailor-made to meet specific needs of individual organizations.

Compared to desktop applications, online HR Software has the following benefits:

  • Online Web-Based System (easily accessible from any location)
  • No downloading / installation needed– ready to use on any computer with Internet connection.
  • Centralized Online Database
  • Easy to Use
  • Auto-reminders through e-mail and SMS alert.
  • Employee self-service
  • Shift Management, Leave Management, Appraisal System, Training management etc.
  • Online job portal
  • Time management
  • Comprehensive Reporting with Graphs, among many others.

Contact us today at TAMS for free consultation and advice on how the online HRM system can best suit your organizational need.

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03 Mar GIG EXTENDS TAMS

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GIG EXTENDS TAMS

GIG a leading brand in the transportation business in Nigeria, with her wide range of traveling connections across the country and other African countries, extends TAMS to other locations to manage their workforce from recruitment to retirement.

In 2016, GIG Motors deployed TAMS as a pilot scheme to a few of their branches to test the functionality of TAMS, haven seen the importance and the core advantage TAMS has in managing employees from recruitment to retirement GIG fully adopted TAMS to manage her workforce and extended it to all their locations in Lagos.

TAMS® – is a human resource management solution designed to manage employees of organizations of all sizes from recruitment to retirement. It is a proven system that drives overall organizational performance by aligning employee productivity and punctuality to corporate vision, goals and targets.

GIG joins over 1000 organization using TAMS to manage their workforce across multiple locations amongst which are Churchgate, TSL Logistics (Nigeria and Ghana), Home Foods (Ghana), TVC, Megaletrics (Classic Fm, Beat Fm, Lagos Talks), Stallion Group, Volkswagen of Nigeria etc.

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02 Mar Hidden Health Harzards to Avoid At Home

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Hidden Home Health Hazards in Your Home

Some of the most serious hazards aren’t outdoors—they’re hiding in plain sight in even the most safety-minded households. Learn which unexpected items below are risky, and take steps to avoid an accident.

Clothing Hampers

But they should be off-limits to kids: They’ve caused severe eye injuries. “Our patients’ eyes were cut open when the hamper wire came loose from the fabric.

Magnets

Household magnets have always been a choking risk. But a different breed of magnet—tiny, high-powered silver-colored balls that can be molded into shapes and are sold as “stress relievers”—can be devastating to kids if they’re ingested

Detergent Pods

By now we know the dangers: They’re bright, colorful, and look like something sweet that any kid would love to taste.

Button Batteries

These batteries, which can be found in everything from toys to wristwatches to hearing aids, aren’t just a choking hazard. “Sometimes the button battery opens up after being ingested.

Hard Candy

A study in Pediatrics has revealed the hard truth: Candy is the most frequent cause of choking in children 14 and under. “A common scenario is a toddler running with hard candy in her mouth, and then starting to choke

Immersion Blenders

These handheld appliances with extremely sharp blades sent 7,261 people to the emergency room in 2011.

Prescription Drugs

With increasing rates of adults taking prescription medications, there’s also been a rise in young kids being unintentionally poisoned after ingesting these meds.

Falling Televisions

TVs can easily tip over after being placed on furniture such as a desk or a media console. Research has found that a child is treated for a television-related injury every 30 minutes.

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02 Mar CREATING DEPARTMENT ON TAMS

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Department Tab is where the various departments in the organizations are displayed in tabular manner. Click create department to pop up the following detail

Department: This is creation of the different department in an organization.

Parent Department: This refers to the department that has other department under it (If exist).

Location: This is the (different) location(s) of company’s subsidiaries.

Head of Department: The name of the person that would head a particular department.

Core Duty: Serves as a measuring standard for grading employees on their performance on primary duty (appraisal). Core duty percentage depends on organization and department.

Other task: Also an assessment standard but for non-primary tasks like attendance, involvements.

Hint: The sum of Core Duty and Other task should be exactly 100.

Created by: This is the name of the account used to create the department is automatically appended to it.

Edit/Delete: Update and Delete existing departments

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28 Feb Home Security Tips

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Home Security Tips

Home security has been an issue Nigerians have been facing for a long time. here are some security tips to follow so that we can keep their homes safer.

1.COMPOUND PERIMETER AND GATES

  • Compounds surrounding your home should provide two functions. Firstly create a physical barrier to prevent intrusion and secondly create a visual obstruction to stop anyone observing activities within the ground floor of your home, garden and car park.
  • Trees and shrubs provide a good barrier but it is important that they do not become overgrown. All foliage should be pruned so as not to provide an easy means to access your compound or a means to hide intruders or devices within the compound.
  • Compound gates should be properly secured and all notices indicating your identity should be removed.
  • Install CCTV facilities around your home. They deter criminals and aid police investigation in the event of any breach. They are very cheap.

2.DOORS AND WINDOWS

  • Where security locks are provided, they should be secure at all times, especially overnight or during periods of absence.
  • Good quality locks should be fitted to all access doors.
  • All windows and glazed areas should be obscured by blinds or curtains, which should be closed at dusk and lights should not be switched on within rooms until the curtains have been drawn.

3.SAFE HAVEN

  • A safe haven is an area that your family and yous should retreat to in the case of a perceived incident within the grounds of your home. It is designed to provide a small area for use up to a period of approximately 2 hours until the police or other security force can respond and check the safety of your home and compound.
  • Designate a small safe area within your home that can be secured internally to prevent access from the rest of the house should an intrusion take place. This should be secured by means of a security lock leading to the area immediately outside the safe haven. This should be readily secured overnight or in cases of an emergency.Within the safe haven the following should be available during an  emergency:
  • Toilet Facilities
  • Bedding
  • Fresh Water
  • Candles, matches, flashlight
  • Telephone facilities with a list of emergency numbers
  • Extra batteries
  • Medical/FirstAid kit
  • Short term emergency food supply
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Ensure that phone numbers of the local Police Division is known to all your household.

4.LIGHTING

  • During the hours of darkness, light the exterior of your home with courtesy type lighting especially close to the areas of external doors.
  • Always have reserve lighting available within the home in case of power cuts.
  • Never switch an internal hall light on prior to answering a call at your door. If a generator is available, ensure that external lighting is provided
    during a power cut.

5.VISITORS

  • Check visitors before opening compound gates or external doors. If in doubt, do not open them.
  • You should ask friends and relatives to let you know in advance that they will be calling at your home so that you can inform your family and security staff to expect them
  • Arrange fixed times for workmen to call and ensure that their identity is checked on arrival. Do not leave workmen alone in your home without supervision .
  • Consider keeping a dog – a barking dog will alert you to strangers!
  1. PRIVATE SECURITY GUARDS
  • Trusted and Properly Vetted Private Security Guards provide an outer layer of security to restrict vehicular movement around the area of your home, particularly during the hours of darkness. This is useful in preventing strangers getting access close to your home.
  • If you have a private security guard at your home it is important that they should be fully aware of any security procedures and policies that are in place. To ensure that this is the case, you should provide instructions to them that leave no ambiguity in the security duties and procedures that are to be carried out i.e. dealing with unexpected callers or patrolling around the property.
  1. DOMESTIC STAFF/DRIVERS
  • Where domestic staff or private drivers are employed at your home, you should ensure that they are fully aware of the security arrangements and procedures that are expected of them. In such cases the contents of this booklet should be fully explained to them.
  • Where new domestic staff or drivers are to be employed, past references and backgrounds should be checked out prior to employment.
  • Before engaging domestic staff (private security, nannies, cooks, drivers ( etc) contact your Divisional Police Officer to assist in conducting security vetting, capturing their biometric and undertaking criminal record check .
  • Never trust domestic staff as the more you trust them, the higher the risk of compromising your personal security and that of your family.

 

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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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