10 Nov Human Resource Management Made Easy

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HRM Made Easy

The HR Manager of Spectacular Resources, Mrs. Abigail Olu-Johnson, like many other human resource managers, is inundated with a variety of documents, files and correspondences due to the nature of her job. Salaries must be paid as and when due. Medical contingencies and sick leave have to be given urgent attention. Trainings and staff development must not be ignored. Indeed, her workload is heavy.

Although she has a team of five associates and administrative staff, she still struggles to meet deadlines or get meaningful work done before the hustle and bustle of end of month rituals. Then technology came to her rescue.

Technology has made it easier for Mrs. Olu-Johnson and other forward-looking human resource managers to move from archaic and burdensome methods of attending to issues to using technology to organize and deliver service in a timely manner.

Without a doubt, organizations of all sizes are faced with the challenge of managing employee attendance, payroll remittance, statutory pension and other deductions, among many others, but with the use of technology, errors associated with such tasks have become a thing of the past.

The award-winning TAMS human resource management technology helps to manage your employees from recruitment to retirement with, among others:

  • Web-based attendance solution
  • Employees Information Management
  • Shift Management and Task Scheduler
  • Multi-user Privilege and Multi-Location Access
  • Leave and Exemption Management
  • Loan Management
  • Payroll & Remittance Management (NIBBS Integration)
  • Productivity Assessment
  • Comprehensive Attendance Management
  • TAMS Mobile Integration, etc.

For precise human resource management solutions, contact us today at TAMS Nigeria for free consultation on the best solutions for the type and size of your organization.

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10 Nov Access Control Tips For Implementation

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Access Control Tips

Here are some helpful tips you should know when planning, purchasing and implementing an access control system:

Establish an in-house consulting team to help determine your access control system requirements. It is important to implement a system that meets the demands of your building occupants and matches your corporate culture without sacrificing security. If the system is too restrictive or too technical and complicated, it is more likely to be compromised or misused by the very people it was designed to protect. By considering input from various department personnel in the decision making process, it will increase your chances of implementing a system that will benefit everyone’s safety and security. Your security consultant should listen carefully to your consulting team and provide expert advice on how to address their security needs.

Allow for future requirements and changes in technology. By simply replacing your current system with an updated one, you may be missing the opportunity to re-evaluate your facility’s security needs and overlooking better technology to meet them. There are many new components with the technology to work with both older and newer access devices and cards, providing cost savings and greater flexibility. It is important to know that access card technology is constantly changing and evolving, replacing bar code and magnetic strip technology with smart cards and near field communication devices. So when considering an upgrade, you will want to install an access reader that is compatible with these emerging technologies.

Be sure to plan for and comply with building codes. Failure to comply with building codes can be a major cause for project delays and cost overruns. Fire codes usually require that access control systems be compatible with life safety automation systems, like fire alarms and emergency exits. If these code requirements are not planned for early in the design process, it can have a devastating impact on the budget and schedule to try to meet them later on in the installation process.

Choose compatible hardware and software technology. There are a number of access control devices on the market today. Since most access control devices rely on your network to transmit data, it is important to select one that is compatible with your current IT infrastructure. Take the time to review system requirements and test the equipment to be sure it is compatible and doesn’t strain your network capacity. If you don’t have an in-house IT professional, it is a good idea to seek the advice of an IT expert to help you make these determinations.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Relying on your facility manager alone to oversee the design and installation of an access control system may overburden them with the added responsibilities, especially if that person has limited knowledge of the complex technical components required to complete the project. To ensure the job goes smoothly with fewer delays and mistakes, it is best to hire an expert consultant to manage the project and keep the facility manager updated on a regular basis. This investment can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Regularly monitor, test and maintain your access control system. Once an access control system is installed, the work doesn’t end there. Because almost every access control system is subjected to human contact on a daily basis and sometimes exposed to the elements, it will degrade over time. To ensure a properly working system requires regular testing and maintenance. Proper system maintenance will decrease liability risks and reduce future repair costs.

Source: http://www.inovech.com/blog/helpful-tips-for-implementing-an-access-control-security-system

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03 Nov Disable Google Chrome Proxy For Better Security

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Disable Google Chrome Proxy

  • On your computer, open Chrome.
  • At the top right click on the Chrome Menu on the browser toolbar.
  • Select Settings.
  • Click Show Advanced Settings.
  • In the “Network” Section, click Change Proxy Settings. This will open the Internet Properties
  • Under “Local Area Network (LAN) settings”, click on LAN settings.
  • Under “Automatic configuration”, uncheck automatically detect settings.
  • Then Click OK.

If your office connects to the Internet through a corporate network, you need to assign Windows a proxy server for outgoing connections. The proxy server acts as a buffer between your local machines and the Web, storing data content from pages you often access and blocking unwanted content such as malware. If you plan to stop using your corporate network, you no longer need connect to the Internet through a proxy. Disable proxy settings on Google Chrome by disabling your general Windows proxy settings.

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03 Nov KEEPING CHILDREN HEALTHY FOR DAILY ACTIVITIES

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Keeping Children Healthy

Make sure your child gets enough sleep.

Make sure your child eats plenty of healthy food and drink water every day.

Keep junk foods to a minimum.

Set a time limit on the amount of time your child spent on the TV.

Keep kids away from smokers.

Promote good personal habits

Properly clean and bandage cuts and scrapes when they occur to prevent infection.

Take them to see a physician for annual checkups and get recommended immunizations.

If they are sick, do not send them to school.

Keep unnecessary stress to a minimum.

Protect your child from hazards inside the home, such as unsafe cleaning products, medicines, swimming pools, sharp tools, and unsafe furnishings.

Teach your child to behave safely

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02 Nov TAMS EDU IMPROVES PUNCTUALITY

 

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TAMS EDU IMPROVES PUNCTUALITY

Crescent Schools is one of the fastest growing schools in the city. In an effort to improve students’ performance and participation in all academic and extracurricular activities, the management realized that merely marking registers would not suffice for the growing student population. So, they decided to deploy TAMS EDU, a bespoke biometric attendance solution for the educational sector.

TAMS EDU helps to instill a culture of timeliness in students from a young age by making sure they are in school on time while also helping to ascertain which students are not in school to ensure prompt follow-up.

The technology is easy to use. First, students are enrolled on the system with their fingerprints. The entire enrollment process takes as little as a minute or two per student. When students arrive in the morning, each places a finger on the biometric device sensor to verify his or her identity.  A time stamp is saved on the fingerprint reader and automatically sent to the cloud running the attendance software. The software gathers the attendance data from the fingerprint readers in real time, across one or more locations, and saves it in a database.

This allows administrators to see at a moment’s notice if a student has signed in for the day and whether he or she was on time or not. The purpose is to provide immediate information about which students are in school and those who are not so that staff can immediately follow-up with their parents or guardians.

TAMS EDU also works for transportation and logistics of students where school administrators and bus operators are provided with real-time data of students boarding and disembarking from school buses. This function also ensures that parents are notified via SMS that their ward has arrived safely.

 

Other features on the solution include school database management for students and staff as well as examination screening to eliminate malpractices.

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27 Oct Fidson Healthcare Plc Deploys Access Control

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Fidson Healthcare Plc

Fidson Healthcare Plc is a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Nigeria. Founded in 1995, we have relentlessly pursued our goal of becoming a leading player in the pharmaceutical landscape in Nigeria. Ever since, we have built and cultured an organizational framework that has steadily helped us gain ascendancy in the industry. We have crafted the pharmaceutical architecture of the industry over the years of our existence, playing very defining roles in the emergence of the new generation of industry players. Innovation, Excellence, Passion, Integrity and Ownership…are five core values that form the substructure on which we have built a world-class company that has earned the respect and admiration of even the fiercest of our competitors.

 

Our long standing certification as an NIS:ISO 9001:2008 is a good evidence of our high standards of processing and operations. We have left no stone unturned to ensure that our operations  go well together with the best of practices globally.

Fidson Healthcare Plc 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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26 Oct Android Tips & Tricks You Should Know

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1. Disable App Notifications

Bugged by annoying app notifications that just keep coming? If you don’t know already, these app notifications also drain your phone’s battery. If you want to turn them off, and you are on Jelly Bean 4.1 and above, here’s how:

  • On any of your unwanted notifications in your notification bar, long press on the notification for a message box to appear.
  • Tap on App Info > Untick Show Notifications > OK.

2. Disable Mobile Data

Whenever you don’t need to stay connected, disabling the Mobile Data can help keep your smartphone battery from draining too quickly. Turning off mobile data is as easy as:

  • Going to Settings > Data Usage.
  • Disable Mobile data by toggling the setting from ON to OFF.

3. Set Mobile Data Limit

Want to keep track of how far your usage is from your monthly mobile data limit? If you have ICS and above, there is a feature which lets you keep track of how much of the quota you have left.

  • Head over to Settings > Data Usage.
  • Set your data limit by dragging the orange line to reflect your monthly quota.
  • Set your data usage cycle based on when your “month” starts and ends, and you’re done.

You will be alerted once you hit the limit you have set. Note that the tracked data usage of your phone may vary slightly than your carrier’s tracking.

4. Add Multiple Google Accounts

You need a Google account to use an Android phone but did you know you can choose to run more than one Google account on your Android device. This is convenient if you use more than one account for several of your Google services. To add multiple Google accounts:

  • Go to Settings > Add account.
  • Select Google and setup your New or Existing Google account.
  • Once added, choose what you want to sync with the account.

Repeat all the steps above if you want to add more accounts.

5. Disable automatic App Updates

Prefer to read through app permissions and manually pick which app updates to adopt? You can, but first you need to disable your automatic app updates. Here are the steps:

  • Open Play Store and head over to Settings.
  • Tap on Auto-update apps.
  • Choose Do not auto-update apps.

If you want to enable the auto updates, follow the same path and choose Auto-update apps at any time or via Wi-Fi (available for certain Android devices only).

To update your apps manually, just open Play Store, and on the main page swipe in from the left and tap on My apps. You can tap on apps with pending updates and update them manually, or if you like to update them all at once, just tap on Update All.

6. How To Check For android System updates

For Android users that are using stock ROM, you may want to look for new updates to your system. To check for updates:

  • Go to Settings > About phone/tablet.
  • Tap on System updates.
  • Tap Check now to look for system updates.

7. Changing Default Apps

If you have already set some default apps for particular tasks (e.g. using Chrome for opening web links) but wish to change this:

  • Go to Settings > Apps.
  • Swipe right and look for the All
  • Select the app you want to remove as default.
  • Tap on Clear defaults.

8. Organize Homescreen Shortcuts With Folders

Once you have a lot of apps installed, your homescreen might be filled with app shortcuts. Unlike the app drawer, the apps on your home screen are not arranged alphabetically. So, you might want to create some folders for your homescreen shortcuts.

  • Assuming you have more than a handful of shortcuts already on your homescreen, long press on any of the shortcuts and drag it onto another shortcut.
  • A circle should now appear around the apps, indicating that a folder has been created.
  • By tapping on the newly created folder, a mini window will pop up with your apps in it.
  • You can drag and drop additional apps into the folder if you like. You can also rename the folder by tapping on the text area at the bottom of the mini window.

9. Disable Animations

Here’s a tip on how to make your Android device run a bit smoother: disable its animations. You will need to have access to Developer Options which can be found under Settings or About device.

Note: For some phones, you may need to go to Build number and tap on it repeatedly until you see “You are now a developer!”. Developer options are now enabled.

Under enabled Developer options, look for Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. Then, turn them off (disable) them one at a time.

10. How to Turn Off Auto-Correction

Hate the fact that your phone is going English teacher mode on you? Turn off auto-correction for peace of mind when texting.

  • Go to Settings > Language & input.
  • Tap on the settings icon next to the keyboard that you are using, e.g. Google Keyboard.
  • Look for Auto-correction and tap on it.
  • Select Off to turn auto-correction off.

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26 Oct EAT RIGHT TO STAY HEALTHY

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1. Eat a Variety of Foods

You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health and no single food can supply them all. Today’s food supply makes it easy to eat a wide variety of foods whether or not you are buying fresh foods to cook, taking advantage of ready-prepared dishes and meals or buying “take-away” foods. Balance your choice over time! If you have a high-fat lunch, have a low-fat dinner. If you eat a large serving of meat at dinner one day, perhaps choose fish the next day.

2. Base your diet on plenty of foods rich in carbohydrates

Most people do not eat enough of foods such as bread, pasta, rice, other cereals and potatoes. More than half the calories in your diet should come from these foods. Try wholegrain bread, pasta and other wholegrain cereals, too, to increase your fibre intake.

3. Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables

Most of us do not eat enough of these foods either although they provide important protective nutrients. Try to eat at least five servings a day and if you do not enjoy them at first – try some new recipes or see what ready prepared dishes are available in the supermarket.

4. Maintain a healthy body weight and feel good

The weight that is right for you depends on many factors including your sex, height, age and heredity. Being overweight increases your risk of a wide range of diseases including heart disease and cancer. Excess body fat results when you eat more calories than you need. These extra calories can come from any caloric nutrient – protein, fat, carbohydrate or alcohol- but fat is the most concentrated source of calories. Physical activity is a good way of increasing the energy (calories) you expend each day and it can make you feel good. The message is simple: if you are gaining weight, you need to eat less and be more active.

5. Eat moderate portions – reduce, don’t eliminate foods

If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it’s easier to eat all the foods you enjoy without having to eliminate any. For example, some reasonable serving sizes are: 100g of meat; one medium piece of fruit, half a cup of raw pasta and 50ml of ice-cream. Ready-prepared meals can offer a handy means of portion control and they often have the calorie values on the pack to help those who are counting. If you are eating out, you could share a portion with a friend.

6. Eat regularly

Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in helpless overeating. Snacking between meals can help curb hunger, but don’t eat so much as to substitute for proper meals. Don’t forget to count your snacks as part of your total calorie intake.

7. Drink plenty of fluids

Adults need to drink at least 1.5 litres of fluid a day! Or more if it’s very hot or they are physically active. Plain tap water is obviously a good source of liquid but variety can be both pleasant and healthy. Alternative choices are juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee, milk etc.

8. Get on the move

As we have seen, too many calories and not enough activity can result in weight gain. Moderately physical activity helps burn off those extra calories. It is also good for the heart and circulatory system and for general health and well-being. So, make physical activity part of your daily routine. Use the stairs instead of the liftelevator (up and down!). Go for a walk in your lunch break. You don’t have to be an athlete to get on the move!

Source:  http://www.eufic.org/article/en/expid/10-tips-healthy-eating/

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25 Oct MEASURE EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE WITH TAMS

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Employee Performance

Employee performance management is a process for ensuring that your workforce has a shared understanding of what is to be achieved at an organization level. It involves the alignment of organizational objectives with agreed measures, skills, competency requirements, development plans and the delivery of results of employees.

Clearly, achieving profitability is at the heart of every organizational function or operation. But to do this without distraction, dissipation of energy or too much drama, organizations need the aid of technology.

Deploying an automated means of measuring employee performance like TAMS ensures accuracy to the effect that an employer gets first-hand knowledge of actual performance within the organization at the click of a button.

Technology-assisted performance measurement …is a robust measurement that quantifies attendance, job KPIs, shifts, overtime, periodic evaluation of employee performance and so much more. For instance, TAMS helps to synchronize employee attendance with payroll remittance such that employee lateness or absenteeism without permission is automatically deducted from pay.

Essentially, organizations stand to benefit a lot from automated performance systems like TAMS because not doing so results to loss of scarce corporate resources, time and  even energy.

Without a doubt, productive employees are the life force of every organization. Thus, to ensure standards and a culture of productivity, click on the TAMS Nigeria link https://www.tams.com.ng/ for free consultations on employee performance solutions that can best meet your organizational needs.

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20 Oct Arbico Plc Deploys TAMS

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Arbico Plc

Arbico Plc, a full-service building and civil engineering construction company has deployed the TAMS solution to effectively monitor staff productivity at its multiple locations across the country. 

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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