19 Oct THE IMPACT OF AUTOMATED ATTENDANCE SYSTEM TO YOUR ORGANIZATION

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Impacts Automated Attendance

Attendance tracking system is a mechanical or electronic timepiece used to keep track of the total hours that employees have worked.

It is necessary to have a tracking system because attendance at the place of work is vital in every organizational setup, be it an employer, an office, school, market place, and even at events. An employer cannot but ensure that work time is not being wasted, especially since they are paying for it.

It has been shown that companies without an automated time and attendance solution overpay employees by 1.5% to 10% of gross payroll due to time theft and error-driven calculations. Depending on company size and workforce, the cost incurred is in billions of Naira each year.

Therefore, it is imperative for a business owner or manager to place a premium on an efficient attendance tracking system as it will significantly improve the business in terms of productivity and profit.

Automated attendance tracking system helps organizations with real time reporting/ statistical analytical features which enable on-the-spot decision making capabilities to easily convert data into actionable, valuable information instead of just reacting to them.

Furthermore, automated attendance tracking will help to avoid the hassle of auditing paper-based employee time cards and reduce costly manual payroll & data entry errors. It also minimizes payroll processing time as well as reduce the time required to schedule employees.

At TAMS we understand the importance of simplified and automated Time and Attendance software. As the pioneers of web-based computerized clock-in systems, our Time Attendance Management System is used by some of the country’s leading organizations across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, transport, retail, health and service centers.

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12 Oct IMPROVING COMPUTER SECURITY FOR THE BETTER

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Computer Security

Computer security, also known as cybersecurity or IT security, is the protection of computer systems from the theft or damage to the hardware, software or the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.[1]

It includes controlling physical access to the hardware, as well as protecting against harm that may come via network access, data and code injection,[2] and due to malpractice by operators, whether intentional, accidental, or due to them being tricked into deviating from secure procedures.[3]

The field is of growing importance due to the increasing reliance on computer systems and the Internet in most societies,[4] wireless networks such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi – and the growth of “smart” devices, including smartphones, televisions and tiny devices as part of the Internet of Things.

  • Create strong passwords
  • Connect to a Secure Network
  • Enable and Configure a Firewall
  • Install and Use Antivirus and Antispyware Software
  • Remove Unnecessary Software
  • Modify Unnecessary Default Features
  • Secure Your Web Browser
  • Apply Software Updates and Enable Future Automatic Updates
  • Use Good Security Practices
  • Use caution with email attachments and untrusted links
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12 Oct IMPROVE YOUR DIET TO BOOST IMMUNITY

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Boost Immunity

It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It turns out that eating some pretty surprising nutrients will help keep your immune system on guard.

MORE: 30 Stay-Well Secrets From People Who Never Get Sick (Prevention Premium)

You can ensure your body and immunity run smoothly by rounding out your plate with plenty of colorful servings of fruits and veggies, plus 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very least. The following ingredients can add extra flu-fighting punch to your winter meal plan.

  • Manage Stress
  • Sleep In
  • Eat Well
  • Give up smoking
  • Take up regular exercise
  • Replace unhealthy snacks with the healthy ones
  • Be active during your lunch hour
  • Get tested for vitamin D deficiency and supplement if needed
  • Drink more water
  • Drink lemon water first thing in the morning.

These grains contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea, reports a Norwegian study. When animals eat this compound, they’re less likely to contract influenza, herpes, even anthrax; in humans, it boosts immunity, speeds wound healing, and may help antibiotics work better.

This potent onion relative contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria. British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks; the garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold. Other studies suggest that garlic lovers who chow more than six cloves a week have a 30% lower rate of colorectal cancer and a 50% lower rate of stomach cancer.

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11 Oct Significance of Workplace Appraisal Systems

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workplace appraisal systems

Whether it is called employee appraisal, performance appraisal, performance review or performance evaluation, an appraisal system is a method by which the job performance of an employee is documented and evaluated.

In all ramifications, performance appraisal is neither a witch-hunt nor a punitive measure against employees.

Essentially, it provides relevant information for an objective assessment of employees’ skills, abilities, knowledge and overall job performance for the purpose of bringing about constructive evaluation.

The goal of an appraisal system is not only to improve performance but also to make decisions about those skills that employees should develop in order to enhance their career ambitions.

While putting employees’ potential for future roles in context, managers or supervisors are armed with critical information that enables objectivity of reward systems.

Furthermore, appraisal systems provide a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of human resource programmes in the organization while helping to improve organizational communication.

Employee appraisal systems help managers evaluate employee job performance and develop a fair system of pay increases and promotions. Appraisals in turn can help staff members improve performance, and assist companies in devising or reorganizing job functions to better fit the position or the employee.

 References:

  • Wikipedia
  • http://accountlearning.blogspot.com.ng/2013/03/purposes-and-uses-of-performance.html
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06 Oct Set the Right Time and Attendance Rules from the Start

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Attendance Rules

Whether you’ve run a company for a number of years or just settling into your first business venture, how you deal with an employee that is habitually late or repeatedly absent will go a long way in determining your company’s work culture and by extension, success.

Because you have a vision to grow a successful business, it is imperative to deal tactfully with the idiosyncrasies of employees who routinely report late for work or call in sick on a regular basis as such scenarios create service delivery issues for your business.

In such instances, you need to wrap your arms around the problem speedily to avoid loss of repeat business, referral and credibility. Thus, it behoves you to review your office time and attendance policy and the tools.

Customer experiences and testimonials have shown that the TAMS web-based application is an affordable and effective technology to enhance punctuality and timely deliverable on tasks. It affords the easy set-up of flexible business rules.

So, to establish a fair and unambiguous time and attendance policy, just follow the under-listed steps:

  1. Go to the TAMS portal (tams.com.ng/tamsportal)
  2. Go to the organization module/tab
  3. Click on company details to edit company details
  4. Go to Attendance deduction:
  • No of Lateness to ignore: This is overlooking a certain number of lateness that could be ignored depending on organization. This may be as a result of traffic or other exigencies.
  • Number of NO-CLOCK to ignore: This is overlooking a certain number of NO-CLOCK by employee depending on organization. This might be due to forgetfulness of employee to CLOCK-IN
  • Compute Lateness By: The employee lateness time can be computed based on minute, hour and Daily
  • Number of Hour Work for NO-CLOCK: This is the equivalent hour to be put together for employee NO-CLOCK.

For example, if the number of hours of NO-CLOCK is 4 Hours out of the 8 hours daily expected working period. Invariably, the employee will be paid half of that day’s pay.

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06 Oct Fitness Access Control Systems

ifitnessI-Fitness a leading fitness institution situated in the center of Excellence, Lagos State 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.

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

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06 Oct PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS

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  • Don’t leave keys “hidden” outside the home. Leave an extra key with a trusted neighbor or colleague.
  • Keep doors locked even when you or family members are at home.
  • Have window locks installed on all windows. Use them.
  • Lock louvered windows–especially on the ground floor.
  • Have locks installed on your fuse boxes and external power sources.
  • If you have window grilles and bars, review fire safety. Don’t block bedroom windows with permanent grilles if the windows may be used for emergency egress.
  • If you have burglar or intrusion alarms, check and use them.
  • Keep at least one fire extinguisher on each floor, and be sure to keep one in the kitchen. Show family members and household help how to use them.
  • Periodically check smoke detectors and replace batteries when necessary.
  • Keep flashlights in several areas in the house. Check the batteries often, especially if you have children in your home. (They love to play with flashlights!)
  • A family dog can be a deterrent to criminals. But remember, even the best watch-dog can be controlled by food or poison. Do not install separate “doggy doors” or entrances. They also can admit small intruders.
  • Choose a location that offers the most security. The less remote, the safer your home will be, particularly in a neighborhood close to police and fire protection.
  • Know your neighbors. Develop a rapport with them and offer to keep an eye on each other’s homes, especially during trips.
  • If you observe any unusual activity, report it immediately to your RSO.
  • Establish safe family living patterns. If you understand the importance of your contribution to the family’s overall security, the entire household will be safer.
  • While at home, you and your family should rehearse safety drills and be aware of procedures to escape danger and get help.
  • Educate family members and domestic help in the proper way to answer the telephone at home.
  • Vary daily routines; avoid predictable patterns.
  • Know where all family members are at all times.
  • Use these same guidelines while on leave or in travel status.
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06 Oct How to convert a PDF file to Word

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  1. Open a file in Acrobat.
  2. Click on the Export PDF tool in the right pane.
  3. Choose Microsoft Word as your export format, and then choose Word Document.
  4. Click Export. If your PDF contains scanned text, Acrobat will run text recognition automatically.
  5. Name the Word file and save it in a desired location.
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29 Sep Proton Security Deploys TAMS to Solve Attendance Menace

protonDue to the sensitive nature of their work, companies in the security and protection business companies tend to face workforce management challenges other companies do not. Issues like timeliness, focus, discipline, honesty while important on every job cannot be compromised.

A nagging question is to how to manage time and attendance for hundreds of security officers working at multiple remote locations. And with multiple pay rates, to boot.

With a huge workforce in different locations across the nation, Proton Security Services Limited had similar challenges until they thoroughly evaluated the benefits of TAMS and signed up to the service; joining over one thousand clients including leading security firms such as Halogen Securities and Protection Plus from whom we are getting positive feedbacks on their user experience.

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