22 Sep BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS

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  • Map out a safe route to school or bus stop. Avoid crossing busy roads and intersections.
  • If your child rides a bus, make sure they are familiar with the route and can recognize their bus stop before school starts.
  • Make sure your child or children know their full name, birth date, home address, and phone number or numbers for parents or other responsible adult.
  • Talk to you children about the importance of not talking to strangers. Tell them what to do if a stranger approaches them. Make sure they understand to never accept a ride from a stranger.
  • If your child has a cell phone, warn them about the dangers of distracted walking and the possibility of a thief snatching the phone out of their hands.
  • Talk to your children about how to resolve issues with other children and how to deal with bullies.
  • Keep an eye on your child’s Internet use. Monitor what sites they visit and who their friends are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and etc.
  • Talk to them about the sexual predators who pose as children on social media and interactive games.
  • If your child or children are home alone after school, tell them to lock the doors and do not answer the door for anyone.Ensure they check in with you upon their arrival.

If you choose to post your child’s first day at school pic on social media, be careful what information you reveal

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20 Sep TIPS FOR HEALTHY EYES

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  • Know your family’s eye health history to enable you know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary.
  • Eat right to protect your sight. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.
  • Maintain a healthy weight as being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.
  • Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home.
  • Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body as it has been to an increased risk of developing cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
  • Be cool and wear your shades. Their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
  • Give your eyes a rest. If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.
  • To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses.

 

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08 Sep EKO Pearl Towers Welcome TAMS

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EKO Pearl Towers, part of the multi-billion dollar EKO Atlantic City located on the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean on Victoria Island has deployed the award-winning TAMS solution. With a strong desire to manage its massive staff strength against time theft and tardiness as it continues the rapid development of the luxury project, EKO Pearl also enjoys the human resources management and remittance payroll functionalities embedded in the solution.

TAMS, which is growing in popularity with organizations of all sizes, is an affordable and easy-to-use workforce management tool with functions such as payroll, appraisal, vacation, leave management and remittance- all at the fingertip of the business owner or administrator.

Launched in Lagos in June 2014, EKO Pearl Towers comprises five luxury towers, namely White Pearl, Black Pearl, Indigo Pearl, Champagne Pearl and Aqua Pearl. The project is aimed at giving residents the opportunity to celebrate family life in Nigeria to its fullest- with all that is expected from 21st century comforts and conveniences.

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08 Sep FLOOD SAFETY TIP

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Avoid building in a floodplain.

Clear drainage and avoid littering your environment with dirt’s.

Construct barriers (levees, beams, flood walls) to stop floodwater from entering your home.

Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.

If a flood is likely in your area, listen to the radio or television for information.

If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately.

If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.

Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.

Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.

If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.

Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

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08 Sep MONEY SAVING TIPS

Record your expenses
Make a budget
Plan on saving money
Set savings goals
Decide on your priorities
Different savings and investment strategies for different goals
Make saving money easier with automatic transfers

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06 Sep How to Boost Productivity During a Recession

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Recession is a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activities experience a downturn. It is generally identified by a fall in gross domestic product (GDP) in two successive quarters. During this period, companies both big and small struggle for survival, thus bringing about calculated strategies like austerity and cost-cutting measures to make room for necessary savings.

However, in a constantly changing world where technology is advancing at a rate faster than nearly everyone can keep up with, most companies have a hard time tackling change. We are, after all, human and would rather stick to tried methods even if they are outdated.

Clearly, change is inevitable if the wheels of business must be kept in motion. Fortunately, there is an assortment of innovative tools and solutions waiting to be tapped to navigate the process and help businesses avoid contraction. For instance, seeing that organizations spend so much on communications, a cost-effective solution to mitigate such costs is the Closed-User Group (CUG) which enables people in the same group to call one another at a hugely discounted rate.

Critically too is the productivity boosting biometric time attendance solution that provides real-time data on the performance of your human resources and ensures that work inputs, payroll, compensation as well as reward systems are accurate and transparent.

This solution has been known to enhance steps that human resource experts have outlined such as defining work-related expectations; training managers to be more supportive of employees; striving for employee loyalty; focusing on results and pay for performance.

Some economists have suggested that the most exciting time for businesses to grow is in a recession. Thus, it is not advisable for your business to stand still while competitors enjoy the propitious benefits of having at their fingertips the vital human resources data that will boost employee commitment and productivity.
Contact us today at TAMS Nigeria for free consultation on best solutions that suits this time.

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31 Aug Sosai Energies Commissions TAMS

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Sosai Energies, the foremost Energy & infrastructure solution provider in Nigeria and West Africa, has deployed the TAMS HRM-time attendance solution to monitor staff attendance.

With a strong presence in the Northwest city in Nigeria, Sosai Renewable Energies serves diverse industries including finance and banking, oil and gas, telecoms, education, manufacturing, government, information technology, energy and utilities.

TAMS, which is growing in popularity with organizations of all sizes, is an affordable and easy-to-use web-based or on-premise workforce management tool with functions such as payroll, appraisal, vacation, leave management and remittance- all at the fingertip of the business owner or administrator.

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31 Aug Battery Saving Tips

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Adjust Phone screen timeout
Avoid areas with a poor signal
Avoid exposing the battery to metal
Avoid exposing the phone or battery to direct sunlight or heat
Check less email accounts
Close applications when not needed
Disable keypad tones
Drain your battery once a month
EDGE uses more power than 3G
If you have no signal, set the phone to offline
Reduce screen sensitivity
Replace your battery periodically
Set your email application to manual
Take a spare battery
Turn down screen brightness
Turn off GPS
Turn off the camera flash
Turn off vibrate

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31 Aug TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

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Don’t skip breakfast
Eat regular meals
Eat plenty of fruit and veg
Get more active
Drink plenty of water
Eat high-fibre foods
Don’t stock junk food
Cut down on alcohol
Plan your meals

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30 Aug Statistical Fatalities Caused by Absenteeism

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Absenteeism is an employee’s intentional or habitual absence from work. While employers expect workers to miss a certain number of workdays each year due to illness or some other unforeseen circumstance, excessive absence can inevitably lead to decreased productivity, which impacts negatively on company performance, finances and even morale.
While studies show that annual costs associated with absenteeism vary by industry, the scarce financial resources of companies are being eroded by continually paying the wages of absentee employees in addition to the cost of replacement workers such as overtime pay for other employees and/or temporary workers. And that is before accounting for administrative costs of managing absenteeism which should have been properly channeled to increase the company’s profit margin.

Furthermore, absenteeism causes poor quality of goods/services resulting from overtime fatigue or understaffing, reduced productivity, excess managerial time (dealing with discipline and finding suitable employee replacements), safety issues (inadequately trained employees filling in for others or rushing to catch up after arriving as a replacement, etc.), and poor morale among employees who have to “fill in” or do extra work to cover absent coworkers.
Illustrated below is a statistical survey carried out by Jean Folger on the value of the annual cost of loss of production in dollars associated with absenteeism by occupation:

Professional (excluding nurses, physicians and teachers)
$24.2 Billion

Managers/Executives
$15.7 Billion

Service workers
$8.5 Billion

Clerical/Office
$8.1 Billion

Sales
$6.8 Billion

School teachers (K-12)
$5.6 Billion

Nurses
$3.6 Billion

Transportation
$3.5 Billion

Manufacturing/Production
$2.8 Billion

Business owner
$2.0 Billion

Installation/Repair
$1.5 Billion

Construction/Mining
$1.3 Billion

Physicians
$0.25 Billion

Farmers/Foresters/Fishers
$0.16 Billion

As stated in our previous article, absenteeism is a disorder that is very difficult to tackle, because just as there are poor excuses for missing work, there are legitimate ones also. Whatever the case, these can best be managed by putting effective tools in place to properly monitor, control and reduce the menace of absenteeism.

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