20 Apr Exemplifying the Double ‘S’ of Organizational Culture


Organizational culture remains and will continue to remain a very essential part of workplace productivity. We previously shared two major factors that can be found in the culture of an organization which we called the Double S – meaning Solidarity and Sociability. Justified enough, the blend of the two in appropriate proportion is what seem to give a robust and flexible workplace culture.

In this article, you will be seeing some examples of solidarity and sociability functions of organizational culture. For a refresher though, sociability tends toward friendliness and also fosters a sense of belonging to a community; bringing about interactions and close level relationships.

Startup companies with fewer than fifty employees usually have a culture of minimal bureaucracy, relatively egalitarian relationships, an environment that loves creativity and talented people. These organizations tend to be ambitious with members that are about the same age, and sharing the same attitudes. They may talk and joke a lot, but they are deathly serious about their work. Such a friendly atmosphere often times extends outside the office. They often spend weekends together, participating in the winter and summer activities.

Washington DC area once had its entire group participate in a 10K race for the Whittman Aids Clinic. When one of the members developed a knee problem about 3 kilometers to the finish line, those colleagues who witnessed the incident stopped to attend to her. After resting, they all walked with her for the remaining 3 kilometers to the finish line. This is what sociability in-builds in an environment where it is prevalent.

Solidarity focuses on adherence to work goals and to treat workplace affairs with strict focus on achieving organizational goals. An investor would rather invest the money in a company where meetings are fixated on goals and competitive growth strategies instead of one where meetings deviate into friendly banter about basketball.

Blending solidarity and sociability function of organizational culture helps to cut down on the excesses of strictness to work processes as well as close relationship that leads to deviation of the job tasks and delivery. Having to mix the both in appropriate doze ensures employee productivity at its premium.

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Let us dive in deeper on the duo concepts of Sociability and Solidarity that forms the basis of an organizational culture looking at the benefits and drawbacks from both concepts.

For sociability function of organizational culture, it promotes an environment with high morale and a common spirit of enthusiasm and devotion to duty. It also allows for creativity because of its promotion of teamwork, information sharing, and receptiveness to new ideas A healthy sociability environment creates an atmosphere in which people are more likely to go beyond the formal requirements of their jobs. They simply work harder than technically necessary, helping their colleagues to get the job done.

Just as there are several benefits of high sociability, many drawbacks abound. For one thing, it can breed poor performance and mediocrity. Since there is a prevalence of friendships, poor performing members may be tolerated, as no one would like to rebuke or fire a friend. In addition, such an environment is often characterized by an exaggerated concern for consensus (Goffee & Jones, 1998). In other words, people are reluctant to disagree with or criticize one another because they do not want to jeopardize their friendships.

One of the hallmarks of high solidarity relationships is the ruthlessness and piercing focus they display. Organizations characterized by high solidarity relationships are deathly focused on their goals. If the goal is to win, then everything they do is geared towards that. Solidaristic behaviors can be bad for the organization as well. Some of the relations that characterize solidarity could be detrimental to the organization. Organizations with high-solidarity cultures can have the same do-or-die philosophy which often times lead to high staff turnover and a possible loss of great potentials who could have been better managed to become star performers.

The understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of solidarity and sociability function in organizational culture will best know how to mix the Double S to turn employees to star performers.   

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13 Apr TAMS Testimonials



When we were having issues managing staff attendance and heard about TAMS,  I googled it and I also checked other sites, other companies that profer the same solution but I found that TAMS is more detailed and they were very established already. and I opted for it with my boss and to be frank with you, its been a good deal.

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06 Apr WAEC Adds 14 Branches to TAMS


Africa’s foremost examining body, the West African Examination Council has expanded its usage of the TAMS web application by adding fourteen (14) more locations nationwide to the time management human resource solution.

The council which conducts international and national examinations in order to provide qualitative and reliable educational assessment, encouraging academic and moral excellence, WAEc has over the years developed a team of well trained and highly motivated staff; whose productivity has been enhanced by the TAMS application.

With over 1,000 clients in different parts of Nigeria and West Africa, TAMS is renowned for its affordability and ease of use; attributes that have made it a workplace solution of choice for small, medium and large organizations.

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Organizational culture remains one of the important topic discussed by business owners, employers and employees alike; and it has been a hard concept to define. Organizational culture evolves from the social practices of members of the organization, therefore, it’s a socially created reality that exists in the heads and minds of members of the organization as well as in the formal rules, policies, and procedures of organizational structures.

In the weeks to come, we will be focusing on understanding what organizational culture is, what are the elements that it has and how it best works to foster productivity from employers and employee alike.

The Double S Framework  stands for the Sociability and Solidarity aspects of an organizational culture, with the focus of helping to build a workable organizational culture and alter them when necessary.

For an efficient organizational culture, it requires having the ‘Double S’ when featured in the mix. So what is Sociability and Solidarity elements of the organizational culture? According to Goffee & Jones “Sociability is a measure of the degree of friendliness among members of a community”. This implies that Sociability engenders interactions and close level relationships.

Solidarity is about having a united voice, common interests and sympathies with a group.  In contrast to sociability, solidarity is based not so much in the heart as in the mind. According to (Goffee & Jones, 1998), solidarity is based on common tasks, mutual interests, and clearly understood shared goals that benefit all the involved parties, whether they personally like each other or not.

By now, you probably have an understanding of what these two stands for. In our next article, we will be looking how these two affects the whole processes and implementation of organizational culture to bring about a workplace of optimal productivity.

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23 Mar Does Motivating Employees Encourage Individuality or Teamwork?


Last week, we looked at how employees transform hard work into productive inputs beyond routine deliverables.

Over the years, business owners and human resources managers have paid close attention to how compensation and benefits boost employee performance, seeing that in any workplace, employees perform at different levels of productivity. For instance, there are employees who go the extra mile to get things done beyond expectations or organizational capability, sometimes even at the expense of immediate personal comfort or resources.

Expectedly, such star performers are given due recognition and awards. However, questions have been asked about how singling out individual performers would impact on organizational morale, vis-à-vis teamwork or team spirit.

Thus, we will like you to weigh in on this issue: What is the impact of recognition and celebration of individual employees on organizational cohesion?

Please send your responses to info@tams-ng.com

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23 Mar AG Dangote Deploys TAMS for Employee Productivity


AG Dangote Construction Company Limited, a joint venture company between Andrade Gutierrez (AG) of Brazil and Dangote Group Nigeria, famous for commissioning the longest stretch of concrete road in Nigeria, has positioned its staff for optimum productivity following its deployment of TAMS workforce management solution.

TAMS is a time-management focused human resources application designed to help organisations of all types and sizes boost employee performance during their work cycle from recruitment to retirement.

With over 1,000 corporate customers across Nigeria and Ghana, TAMS is renowned for its ease of use, affordability and customizability; attributes that have made it a workplace solution of choice for small, medium and large organizations in Nigeria and West Africa.

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22 Mar Benefits of drinking water you probably did not know

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Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne. While science saying water makes the skin wrinkle free is contradictory, water does flush out these toxins and can reduce the risk of pimples. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!

Ease Migraine Headaches

One of the main reasons people suffer from frequent migraine attacks is dehydration. Not drinking sufficient water leads to headaches. Drinking water after you wake up helps prevent this and also eliminates exhaustion, thus boosting energy.

Promotes Weight Loss

Forget other diet tricks—drinking water could also help with weight loss. Numerous studies have found a connection between water consumption and losing a few pounds. The secret reason? Water simply helps people feel full, and as a result consume fewer calories.

It is actually best to drink water cold, because then the body will use additional energy (calories) to heat the water to body temperature.

Fuel Energy Levels and Brain Functioning

Sweating at the gym causes muscles to lose water. And when the muscles don’t have enough water, they get tired. So for extra energy, try drinking water to push through that final set of squats.

A study in London found a link between students bringing water into an exam room and better grades, suggesting H2O promotes clearer thinking. While it’s unclear if drinking the water had anything to do with a better score, it doesn’t hurt to try it out!

Prevents Health Problems

Health problems such as constipation and kidney stones can all be dealt with by drinking water. Water also helps in regulating the digestive tract and if anyone has gastritis, drinking 3 glasses on an empty stomach helps reduce the level of acidity. Practicing this daily also helps in cleaning the bowel and keeps you healthy.

Sickness Fighter

Water may help with decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when feeling under the weather. Just beware—drinking fluids hasn’t been scientifically proven to beat colds in one swoop, so don’t swap this for a trip to the doctor or other cold remedies.

Culled from Indian TV

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Ambrana Services has deployed TAMS Network of applications for its employee time management and work productivity.

The TAMS Application becomes complementary to the operations of Ambrana Services to manage the employee cycle through recruitment and retirement to further enhance the company’s core value which are integrity, quality and professionalism.

TAMS is a time-management focused human resources solution designed to help organisations of all sizes and in all sectors transition from manual systems and spreadsheets to a web-based, automated and customizable human resource information system. With over 1,000 clients in different parts of Nigeria and Ghana, TAMS is renowned for its affordability and ease of use. It is interesting to note that attributes such as these have made it a workplace solution of choice for small, medium and large organizations.

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• Lose extra weight. Moving toward a healthy weight helps control blood sugars. Your doctor, a dietitian, and a fitness trainer can get you started on a plan that will work for you.

• Check your blood sugar level at least twice a day. Is it in the range advised by your doctor? Also, write it down so you can track your progress and note how food and activity affect your levels.

• Get A1c blood tests to find out your average blood sugar for the past 2 to 3 months. Most people with type 2 diabetes should aim for an A1c of 7% or lower. Ask your doctor how often you need to get an A1c test.

• Track your carbohydrates. Know how many carbs you’re eating and how often you have them. Managing your carbs can help keep your blood sugar under control. Choose high-fiber carbs, such as green vegetables, fruit, beans, and whole grains.

• Control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Diabetes makes heart disease more likely, so keep a close eye on your blood pressure and cholesterol. Talk with your doctor about keeping your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure in check. Take medications as prescribed.

• Keep moving. Regular exercise can help you reach or maintain a healthy weight. Exercise also cuts stress and helps control blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Get at least 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise 5 days a week. Try walking, dancing, low-impact aerobics, swimming, tennis, or a stationary bike. Start out more slowly if you aren’t active now. You can break up the 30 minutes — say, by taking a 10-minute walk after every meal. Include strength training and stretching on some days, too.

• Catch some Sleep. When you’re sleep-deprived, you tend to eat more, and you can put on weight, which leads to health problems. People with diabetes who get enough sleep often have healthier eating habits and improved blood sugar levels.

• Manage stress. Stress and diabetes don’t mix. Excess stress can elevate blood sugar levels. But you can find relief by sitting quietly for 15 minutes, meditating, or practicing yoga.

• See your doctor. Get a complete checkup at least once a year, though you may talk to your doctor more often. At your annual physical, make sure you get a dilated eye exam, blood pressure check, foot exam, and screenings for other complications such as kidney damage, nerve damage, and heart disease


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