Social media Addiction

Take some time to read through this scenario: You are visiting an organization on appointment. After exchanging pleasantries with the receptionist at the front desk, you informed her of your mission. She responded grudgingly while paying scant attention to you as she seamlessly returned to what she was doing before you interrupted her. Curious, you wondered what could have consumed her thoughts so deeply, only to discover that she was lost in her own world of social media apps.

Has this ever happened to you? How did you or how will you handle it? For all intents and purposes, social media is a two-edged sword. On one hand, it is a tool that has enhanced information dissemination and social engagement at the swipe of your fingers. Social media has become a new trend in the workplace that cannot be ignored due to its numerous advantages, from analyzing potential employees’ profiles to promoting a business and encouraging interaction between employees. Most Social Media platforms offer free advertising and other benefits for companies both big and small scale.

On the other hand, it is a syndrome that has eaten deep into daily routines, thus hampering productivity, and ultimately, returns on investment (ROI) due to time theft. It is often said that “Time waits for no one and a lost time can never be bought or brought back”. According to a study by Nucleus Research, companies that allow employees use social media during the work day lose 1.5 percent productivity.

“Most employees check their “inboxes” too often, constantly interrupting their work.  Employees estimate that they spend about 4 hours a day (half a workday) managing multiple “inboxes.” The time spent on social media however is spent more for personal reasons than work reasons, with only 6.8% of the participants indicating that they use social media solely for work purposes. The study suggests that social media on platforms such as Facebook have “shattered the divide between business and personal use” and often encourage such intermingling further exacerbating this issue.”  (Ott, 2010)

Social networking can also hurt the relationship between employees.  Negative messages can be sent through social networking sites and can hamper the ability of employees to work together.  “Additionally, social networking provides a way for employees to communicate with one another throughout the day without anyone overhearing, leading to an increase in off-task conversations.” (Zeiger) In order to ensure work related discussions were kept internally, one organization developed their own “internal Facebook” where employees discussed issues with each other rather than taking to a public forum such as Facebook or Twitter.

The last disadvantage of social networking in the workplace is the potential breach of confidentiality and the tarnishing of the corporate image by employees and managers; this means that employees can inadvertently post confidential business information on blogs, wikis, or Facebook. Negative posts intentionally posted by disgruntled employees can also tarnish the image of the company because the information can be so quickly shared between users.  These breaches in confidentiality between the business and its employees can lead to much bigger issues down the line.

Inevitably, social media addiction leads to low productivity of individuals and adversely affects company goals.



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proudly Naija1Over the years, a key economic challenge that has confronted every new administration in Nigeria is the issue of creating an enabling economic environment for locally made products and services. The new administration with its change mantra, is toeing the same line.

Notwithstanding the traction that globalization, along with the free movement of goods and services, is gaining in international trade, some countries have gone ahead to develop policies to protect and encourage local manufacturers, service providers and innovators. Although, growing in stature and influence as a key player in international business, China was said to have strategically locked down her borders to stem the influx of foreign goods and extensively promote locally made goods.

Owing to such a bold, though unpopular move, China has emerged as the world’s largest manufacturer of technology produce. People and businesses from all corners of the globe visit China to make orders which, in turn, boosts the economy significantly, thus engendering a high GDP and increased job opportunities, in addition to a low rate of inflation, among other benefits.

While quality control and reduced cost of production would help in no small measure to enhance locally made Nigerian goods, the potentialities for improvement are well recognized. A visit to the Onitsha market, the biggest clothes market in West Africa, presents a rich tapestry of talents in production, design, distribution, and the entire value chain of the business.

Truth be told, poor power and infrastructure are enough headaches to dissuade anyone venturing into technology, yet right in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, a young Nigerian with a passion for productivity, Afolabi Abiodun, applied himself and his team to develop the time attendance management systems (TAMS®), a human resource software that reduces administrative effort and increases data quality by way of a seamless user experience.

Abiodun’s capacity and resourcefulness to adapt global technology to local needs has positioned the time attendance management systems (TAMS®), an end-to-end human resource solution configured to meet an organization’s need for optimized productivity, facility patrol and security management, as a must-have tool for operational efficiency.
TAMS® enables the user to access and manage employee information from any location via the computer and other intelligent devices, including iPad, laptop, mobile phones etc.

While Nigerians in the Diaspora- such as Saheed Adepoju, Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Jelani Aliyu, Shehu Saleh Balami, and many more – continue to make waves in their respective fields of endeavor, government at the local front must not jettison its commitment to motivate local manufacturers and innovators by fully patronizing their work while further encouraging the citizenry to do same. In such a scenario, the Nigerian economy is a strong beneficiary through increased returns on investment and increase employment, which in turn reduces redundancy and poverty amongst the bulging youth population.

Visit www.tams.com.ng for more information on TAMS or call 08083846345, 08054539109

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What is time management?

It is a set of principles, practices, skills, tools and systems that help you use your time to accomplish what you want.

Personal time is mostly referred to as “free time” or the time we haven’t already traded away. Good personal time management skills is what allows an individual to be productive and make progress in different spheres of life, and still retain control over stress and energy levels.

Why is time management important for personal upliftment?

Time management is important for your personal life and career success. It teaches you how to manage your time effectively and make the most of it.

Here are a few of the reasons why it is so important, and how it can help you use and manage your time more advantageously:

1. Time is a special resource that you cannot store or save for later use. Everyone has the exact same amount of time each day. Time not well used cannot be retrieved.

2. Most people, feel like they have too much to do and not enough time. They blame lack of time for their poor finances, stress, bad relationships, and for not exercising their body.
Wise personal time management can help you find the time for what you desire, and for what you need to do.

3. You need time to get what you want out of life. If you wait for extra time to appear, you might lose the game of life. Through right time management, you can “create” the time you need, and not just wait for it to come. By planning your time wisely, you will have more time to do more things.

4. Personal time management will help you set up your priorities.

5. Time is limited to 24 hours a day, so plan your life wisely.

6. Personal time management helps you make conscious choices, so you can spend more of your time doing things that are important and valuable to you.

7. You can learn to find the time for the things that are important to you. Even a small amount of time once a day, or even once a week, will take you closer to your goals, and you will be surprised at the progress you make.

8. You become more productive using improved time management skills and tools, and can accomplish more with less effort and time. Time management can help you reduce wasted time and energy, help you become more creative and productive, and enable you to do the right thing at the right time. This will of course lead to more balance and fulfillment in your life.

9. Life today presents so many distractions, and therefore, it is very easy to lose time on unimportant activities. Ask yourself, is watching this or that TV program, reading this or that gossip or participating in a certain activity is going to add anything to your life. Is the time spent on a particular activity well spent, or is just a waste of time and energy?

10. Life puts in front of everyone so many choices each day, and the question is, do you follow what appears on your way, or do you consciously choose what you want to do?

11. A certain degree of detachment and inner peace are useful in managing your time effectively. They help you avoid spending too much emotional and mental energy on what people say and think about you. They help you stay calm, despite distractions or difficulties, and this saves you a lot of time and energy, which you can spend on better and more rewarding activities.

In conclusion there are many things you can do and tools to use to manage your time effectively. There is a lot of time wasted each day, which can be put to better uses. There are changes you can make, which will effectively increase the time you have at your disposal every day.

Thinking, planning, finding out how others manage their time, and reading books and articles on time management, will develop these skills and give you good ideas.

Among the many changes that you can make to manage your time, there is one that is important and easily available, and that is getting up early in the morning. Give up watching TV late at night, reduce time on chat mediums on social media and go to sleep a little earlier than usual. It will then be easier to wake up earlier.

Even waking up only 15 minutes earlier would be great. It is a time of quietude, before everyone else wakes up, which you can devote to reading, meditating, exercising, or planning your day.
To get rid of the feeling that you have much to do and not enough time, try to feel and to think, as if you have all the time in the world.

This kind of thinking would enable you to focus on what you are doing, without stress and strain.
Always plan your time well and don’t waste it on useless matters. Be careful not to procrastinate, and do everything in the best way you can, with focus and attention.

Culled from http://www.successconsciousness.com/blog/time-management/importance-of-time-management/

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05 Apr Hassle-free Performance Measurement

As a business grows and more employees are added, the use of manual methods to record, track and report time and attendance, naturally becomes cumbersome. With so many tasks vying for the attention of the human resources administrator, effective tracking tends to swing between difficult and impossible.

But why should an organization bother about ensuring that its employees are present and actively involved in what they have been employed to do in the first place?

Research shows that organizations lose more than 25% on employee ROI due to lateness and absenteeism. That is why it is pertinent to ensure that employees are actively engaged by channeling their time and energies towards optimum productivity. To do this however, would require much more than manual record keeping. It involves the use of an automated attendance tracking solution, which is simple and easy-to-use. It deploys biometric technology via fingerprints, electronic cards, passcodes, facial recognition, and so on.

Biometric time and attendance systems are now one of the most powerful applications used in organizations of all sizes and business types. With automated workflow and notifications, management can stay updated with complete information of log-ins and log-outs.

Focusing on key metrics helps to streamline assigned tasks which, in turn, enhances productivity and efficient time management, with benefits such as: tracking actual minutes worked; reduction of administrative overhead costs; equality and fairness whereby employees are paid for actual minutes worked; eliminating so-called “buddy punching” thus preventing employee time-theft. By going paperless, your organization would ensure improved productivity and flexibility, while at the same time, reduce error rate and eliminate cost.


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29 Mar SB Telecoms Tackles African Time Syndrome With TAMS Summit

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Source:- Leadership News Paper, Page 18, Sat 26th March

As part of efforts to sensitise Nigerians on the virtues of being time-consciousness and its benefits, SB Telecoms & Devices would host the inaugural edition of its high-level time management summit tagged “Time Attendance Management System (TAMS)” on May 19, 2016.

The summit was inspired by the success and acceptance of the company’s TAMS software, a robust cloud-based time and attendance management application that allows organisations to centrally monitor the attendance of their employees across multi-locations from any part of the world.

At the summit scheduled to hold in Lagos, leaders of thought from reputable global institutions of learning, as well as the public and private sectors of the economy will address a curious national devotion to the ‘African time’ syndrome. The theme of the summit which will focus on the virtue and value of efficient time-management is “From African Time to On Time”.

During the summit, leaders of thought in attendance will evaluate Nigeria’s time-keeping culture and proffer solutions to the problems identified in order to improve human capital efficiency across all sectors of the economy, thereby reducing time lost due to procrastination and boosting the national productivity level.

Chief executive officer, SB Telecoms & Devices, Mr. Afolabi Abiodun, said: “In today’s Nigeria, the ‘African Time’ syndrome has become the norm rather than the exception. It has devotees across all sectors of the economy with institutional and national inefficiency as the visible output.

“As a people we have always excused this away by blaming the unreliable public transport system, poor road networks or traffic jams.

“The goal of the TAMS summit, which was inspired by the acceptance and success of our TAMS application which has solved this same problem for over 1000 organisations, is to question the status quo. We believe this to be the significant first step required to make Nigerians more time-conscious, thereby improving our national productivity level.”

He added that the summit will bring together senior business leaders, government functionaries, eggheads from leading global institutions and other influencers, in order to provide a robust platform for them review and proffer solutions to the embarrassing ‘African Time’ malaise that is causing both the public and private sectors of the economy huge losses in revenue and productivity.

Culled from https:https://uncova.com/sb-telecoms-tackles-african-time-syndrome-with-tams-summit

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Administering organization’s Time and Attendance should be a simple and efficient process. For many smaller businesses, however, this isn’t always the case. It may start that way, but as employees are added and the business grows, the manual methods of recording, tracking, and reporting time and attendance can rapidly become overwhelming.

The growth in every organization in terms of number makes it tedious for the admin personnel or the HRM to effectively manage her workforce due to other task assigned which he needs to closely and effectively monitor and attend to. One needs to be able to multi-switch by combining all task assigned, to effectively manage the workforce of every organization without hitch organizations needs to go auto in tracking and managing employees’ time and attendance.

Maintaining and effectively tracking employees time and attendance is a challenging task, the automated attendance tracking solution is simple and user friendly to use which eradicates all form of manual attendance tracking as a result of going biometrics by taking attendance via fingerprints, electronic cards, passcodes, facial recognition etc.

Biometric time and attendance systems have become one of the most powerful applications of the biometric technology and are widely used. With the automated workflow and notifications the management can stay updated with the complete information of the time approved, log-ins, log-outs and approvals. Thus focusing on this will help to streamline task assigned which in turn takes less time hence increasing productivity and efficient time management.

The auto time tracking solutions varies with different benefits which are listed below:-

  • Calculate your savings. Track actual minutes worked. Eliminate wasted labor minutes.
  • Cut administrative Over Head costs. Automate time tracking and eliminate administrative overhead cost.
  • Increase productivity. Pay employees for minutes worked only.  No late arrivals and early departures.
  • Eliminate so-called “Buddy Punching”. Prevent employee time theft.
  • Simple online editing. Log in from any workstation to easily manage data online.
  • Reduce labor costs. Dramatically reduce your cost of labor.
  • Easy setup and operation. Typical hardware can be set up in a matter of minutes.


To effectively improve and manage your workforce you need to go auto, going auto in work force management leads to total eradication of paperwork. With the aid of third party applications such as HRM and Payroll in your biometrics solution be rest assured that you are completely going paperless which will lead to improved productivity and flexibility, reduced error rate and eliminate cost while also enjoying the benefits listed above.




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24 Mar Ogbechie To Deliver Lecture On Time Management

diamond-bank-Dr-OgbechieChairman, Diamond Bank Plc, Dr. Chris Ogbechie, has confirmed his readiness to be the keynote speaker at the inaugural edition of the Time Attendance Management System (TAMS) Summit.

The summit, which will take place in May at MUSON Centre in Lagos, under the theme “From African Time To On Time:  A paradigm Shift” is a high-level time management meeting organised by SB Telecoms & Devices as part of an effort to create awareness on the need for Nigerians to become more time conscious.

Speaking on the need for the summit, Chief Executive Officer, SB Telecoms & Devices, Mr. Afolabi Abiodun, said it has become imperative to address the growing culture of lateness by African which are occasioned by the belief that there exist an African time which has led to loss of productive hours.

Abiodun said: “In today’s Nigeria, the syndrome of African time has become the norm rather than the exception. As a people, we have always used this as an excuse for late-coming. The malaise is worsened by unreliable public transport system, poor road networks or traffic jams and lack of sanction.

“The goal of the TAMS Summit is to question the status quo. We believe this to be the significant first step required to make Nigerians more time conscious thereby improving our national productivity level. It was inspired by the acceptance and success of our TAMS application which has solved this same problem for over 1,000 organisations.”

The summit is expected to attract thought leaders from reputable global institutions of learning as well as the public and private sectors of the economy. They are expected to evaluate Nigerians’ curious devotion to the African Time syndrome and proffer solutions to the problems identified in order to improve human capital efficiency across all sectors of the economy, reducing time lost to procrastination and boosting the national productivity level.

Panelists who are expected to discuss and deliberate on the theme include Managing Director, Wakanow.com; Obinna Ekezie, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Ace Dry Cleaners& Laundry, Mr. Eniibukun Adedayo,; and, Chief Executive Officer, Metro-Taxi and Metro Bus. Mr. Niyi Oguntoyinbo,  Director SEED Centre of Stanford University, Ms. Karen Bysiewicz, Director, Enterprise Development Centre, Mrs. Bukky George PAU, Mrs. Nneka  Okekearu, Chairman CIPM Lagos Branch, Reverend Olutoyin Senbore, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, HealthPlus Nigeria Limited, will be the chairperson of the occasion.

TAMS is a robust cloud-based time and attendance management application that allows organisations to centrally monitor the attendance of their employees across multi-locations from any part of the world.

Culled from : http://independentnig.com/2016/03/ogbechie-deliver-lecture-time-management/#sthash.huYqkiec.wxp2csPR.dpuf

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Schools, colleges and universities are places where future of the country or society as the case may be depends. The opportunity to exchange ideas and learn should never be compromised by issues of safety and security. Security is becoming a major concern for students, parents or teachers due to escalating incidents like assaulting of teachers and ransacking the exam hall, sexual assault of female students, school fire tragedy and cases of ragging in educational premises. This has increased the demand for high-tech security products in educational sector. Many establishments have taken a step ahead by installing sophisticated security systems that can safeguard its people and premises to maintain secure and dynamic learning campuses.

You can manage your school with a range of intelligently designed products to meet all the critical requirements of educational industry. They can be used for primary/secondary schools, colleges and universities. It helps the educational sector to meet its demand of SMS / Email notification to parents, monthly attendance of students and staff, bus route, restricted access to labs, canteen management, fire safety and digital video recording. These unique solutions support students and staff to focus on learning and assist schools in accurately monitoring and managing schools activities.

Access Control, Time-Attendance & Video Surveillance Solution for Education Industry

  • Students and Staff Attendance
  • Parent Notification
  • High Value Computer/ Research Labs
  • Flexible and Rugged System

Students and Staff Attendance

Security of students, staff or existing infrastructure like research lab, computer lab is of paramount importance in the educational sector. Simultaneously maintaining attendance records of students and staff is a must, to retain discipline within the institute. The attendance solution allows educational foundations to generate attendance reports for current date/month, last month or even for defined date. Proxy attendance can be reduced to a great extent by using the biometrics attendance system. Bus route feature allows assigning a particular bus route to unique student ID; it is very useful while calculating student’s attendance when the bus is late. Attendance reports or any other reports of the school can be transferred into various formats like excel, text, csv and xml for further actions.

Parent Notification

Security of child is always a concern for today’s working parents. However they always demand timely updates from schools about their kids, the attendance software auto-generate an SMS or Email notification to parents about their child’s attendance, child/ward reaching school safely, when child/ward is about leaving school and when child/ward gets home with the bus monitoring system. Furthermore the solution can also be used as a communication platform where messages can be passed to parents on meetings, excursions, impromptu public holidays etc.

High Value Computer/ Research Labs

Today’s new generation students are technology savvy, which has created a demand for schools and colleges to restrict access for areas like computer labs, research labs where they might go for their fun activities. Access can be restricted to such areas by blocking the student ID or access can be given for a limited period of time. VIP access can be provided to principal for these areas. Furthermore, turnstile bar can be installed at the gate post to restrict movement of intruders from having access into the school premises.

Video Surveillance

The video surveillance assists in recording every activity that is going on within the school premises. These recordings can be viewed for evidence after an event must have taken place after which necessary actions can be taken, also the surveillance system can be streams remotely with any smart device such as laptops, iPAD, iPhones, Andriod Phones etc from anywhere you are once you have internet access.

Flexible and Rugged System

Schools and colleges many times tend to have misbehaving students, and to maintain security and time discipline within that environment is also a challenge. This generates a demand for a security system which is rugged and can handle tampering.


SBTel & Devices with her array of solutions will provide a robust education management solution for schools ranging from Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary schools. Amongst the school management solutions are:-






Call us today for Free Consultation, Maintenance, Installation and Sales of any of the school management solution. You can visit https://www.tams.com.ng/ or call 08083846345, 08054539109 for more information.

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We all remember our first mobile device. The anticipation of getting that little gadget made us giddy with excitement at the mere thought of how it would make our lives easier and more productive by allowing us to be continuously connected and reachable.

The reinvention of the tablet, with enough computing power to rival our standard laptop of five years past, and with smart phones now common place, the question is no longer a matter of “Should Human Resources capitalize on this medium to better support the workforce?”

Like other aspects of a modern business, HR is increasingly going mobile to provide workers more flexibility and to maintain a competitive edge. A suite of mobile HR apps provides an always-on, always-available repository to company policies, benefits and employee programs such as employee feedback.

All employees, regardless of their role or title in an organization, can benefit from this accessibility using their own smartphone or tablet. Anywhere, anytime access to HR means higher participation rates and engagement in beneficial HR programs.

The majority of HR mobile tools currently available on the market are focused on acquiring and managing talent, though a new layer of analytics applications are cropping up allowing users to dive into data on the go. While some apps are available as standalone products on the Android Market or iTunes App Store.

The mobile HR technology market is growing rapidly, so there are new solutions emerging all the time. But based on functionality, ease of use, and downright coolness, TAMS Mobile stand out with its easy to use modules which are listed below.

  • Dash Board
  • Profile
  • Colleague
  • Reports
  • Exemption Request
  • Leave Request
  • Loan Manager
  • Payroll System
  • TAMS Track

Dash Board:- The dashboard display first hand statistics and information of employee at a glance such as employee statistics ( number of users), Employee Attendance (present, absent, late, punctual employee etc.), Employee Exemption and Leave request etc.

Profile: – The profile has the key personal information of all users.

TAMS Ambassador: – The TAMS ambassador displays at a glance the most punctual employee for the month or for the year in your organization.

Reports: – This module allows you generate all attendance report on the TAMS HRM Application such as:-

  • The simple attendance
  • Attendance Summary
  • Weekly attendance
  • Lateness report
  • Punctuality report
  • Absentee report
  • Attendance log attendance deduction etc.

Exemption Request: – The exemption request allows employees to state reasons why they were not at the office at a particular point e.g a field employee who had to attend to an assignment on field and could not make it back to the office would use the module to state the reason why he/she could not make it back to the office.

Leave Request: – TAMS as an HRM application is tend towards reducing paper work to the barest minimum for organizations to see to accuracy and accountability. The leave modules enable employees apply for leave with the mobile leave module as against the traditional paper way of application.

Loan Manager: – The loan manager enables employee apply for loan, which goes directly to the necessary authority to authorize when due. TAMS Loan Manager enables company to set bench mark on amount of loan every employee is entitled to base on cadre.

Payroll System: – This module allows employee few their pay slip.

TAMS Track: – This module is designed for field workers, the module enables member staff sign-in and sign-out remotely on the biometrics time attendance device. When a sign-in or out is done, the system takes the coordinate of the area the user is at that particular point in time to actualize if  truly he/she is ought to be at the right place at the right time.

Check google play store for TAMS Mobile and use the App for free, you can also visit https://www.tams.com.ng/ for more. Call 08083846345 for further information.

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27 Jan Setting the Right Time and Attendance Rules from the inception.


Having been running a company for years or are making your first foray into the business world, how you deal with a regularly tardy or absent employee will go a long way in determining your company’s success.

Inevitably, you or one of your managers will at some point deal with someone who makes it a habit of being late for work or calling in sick on a regular basis, creating time and attendance issues for your business.

While there are excusable absences, taking advantage of being more than a few minutes late once every now and then or using a sick day and heading to the beach do not fall under the excusable definition.

As the head of the company or as a manager, how will you address such individuals who try and work the system, putting other employees at a disadvantage?

The reasons for such actions can include:

  • You don’t have a properly set attendance time and policies in place, meaning certain employees are “pushing the envelope” to see what they can and can’t get away with;
  • The Manager in charge of the department where the time and attendance issues are emanating from is not enforcing the rules;
  • The business owner and top managers can go at your own leisure, thereby abusing the business rules;
  • Office Ethics are suffering when employees wear an “I don’t care” attitude to the workplace.

Consider tams as a simultaneous equation to fix your office attendance & office rules problem

In the event employee’s truancy in the office where they are coming and going as they please, then you need to wrap your arms around the problem quickly. Have you lost control as the business owner or as a department manager? Have you turned off the very people you’ve tried to turn on to doing what is best for the company?

Either way, employee tardiness and unusual absences should lead you to review your office time and attendance policy.

The TAMS web base Application is best solution for this purpose. Setting up a flexible business rules is very easy. Just follow the steps on your goal to have a fair and clear time, and attendance policy resolved.

  1. On your TAMS Application (tams.com.ng/tamsportal)
  2. Go to organization
  3. Click on company details and Edit company details
  4. Go to Attendance deduction
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  1. Number of Hour Work for NO-CLOCK: This is the equivalent hour to be put together for employee NO-CLOCK.

For example, Number of Hour for NO-CLOCK is 4 Hours (Out of the 8 Hours Expected working Hour. Invariably, the Employee will be paid half day pay for that day.

The corresponding payment expected to be paid by employee is synchronized with attendance report; and can be viewed in the Attendance Deduction Report.


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