16 Mar HEALTHY LIFE STYLE TIPS TO AVOID DIABETES COMPLICATION

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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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16 Mar Is More Work Really a Reward for Hard Work?

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A common greeting by people to a colleague who has just earned a promotion, recognition or given additional responsibility is “more power to your elbow” or the more familiar pidgin rendition, “more grease to your elbow”. Essentially, that is to say the reward for hard work is more work. Expectedly, some people would have a contrary opinion, even if some would argue in favour due to their years of experience and understanding of the workplace. Whichever way one looks at it, it is like the two sides of a coin.

Just as we aspire to make progress and receive some recognition in other areas of life, it is not any different at work. Indeed, employers or team leads tend to give additional tasks to star performers or assign them to more important projects as a vote of confidence in their competencies. Now, that clearly is more work, isn’t it? Without a doubt, it is more work.

However, it is important to look out for learning points. Just like a coin, one must look at both sides. For what it’s worth, hard work provides room for overall development on the job and is an indicator of competence, commitment and character.

By doing more, one learns new skills and temperaments that will improve one’s self concept and worldview. You cannot compare a man who stayed in the same place for twenty years to one who has traveled to several locations during the same period. The experience in terms of exposure, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of other perspectives are immeasurable.

A key benefit of doing more is higher productivity. While it may be stressful at first, the employee who turns out more outputs- quantity and quality wise- will, in the final analysis, be the better for it. If one looks at hardworking people who are saddled with more work, they tend to be at the vanguard of good organization in other areas of life- social, family, religious, and so on.

The saying that ‘practice makes perfect’ holds true for hardworking people, considering that more work helps them hone their skills and expertise. Even when mistakes are made, in the process of correcting those mistakes, they learn more and do things better. Generally, they deliver better outputs than those who stay in their comfort zones.

The essence of this talking point is not to argue against specialization, but to say that any opportunity to expand one’s scope or width of learning has a long term benefit- to the employee, the organisation and the community at large.

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09 Mar How Productivity Eats Work for Breakfast

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One of the best ways to keep employees’ productivity at optimum level is ensuring they are in good shape physically, mentally and emotionally. Being healthy in body, mind and soul goes a long way in empowering and energizing employees to consistently deliver excellent performances on their jobs.

Without a doubt, striving to achieve corporate goals may demand situations in which processes, communication and collaborations are strictly work-centred, thus creating, in some instances, hectic work environments. But if such work situations persist over a long period, the inevitable outcomes are mental or physical fatigue, stress and, ultimately, diminishing returns. However, by putting in place a deliberate system that helps to rejuvenate and renew employees, the company stands to get a positive bounce.

In a post on QuickBooks Resource Center, QuickBooks India noted that making provisions for recreation “will enhance productivity and reduce the attrition rate in the organization, ultimately benefiting your business’s performance…When the work environment is fun, it gives the brain a boost to think differently and come up with out-of-the-box ideas.

Known as an employee wellness programme, it is safe to state that by encouraging a work culture in which employees occasionally engage in some kind of recreational activity boosts interaction, connection and bonding that reinforces the vision and goals of the company.

Snacknation, named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in 2016 and one of the TOP company cultures in America in 2017 by Entrepreneur Media, remarked that “Employee wellness programs have become a staple in many companies as a way to attract top talent, keep them happy and productive, and decrease employee turnover. In fact, 80% of employees at companies with robust health and wellness programs feel engaged and cared for by their employers.” As insignificant as it may seem, making work not all about work works wonders on improving the productivity of employees.

SB Telecoms and Devices Limited, a Lagos-based multiple award-winning biometric and HRM technology company, has over the years, developed its employee wellness programme offering, among other things, board and table games, TGIF movies, fitness programmes, health talks and recently, quarterly cooking competitions.

According to Wikipedia, “By working in an organization, employees identify, to some extent, with the organization, as part of a collective group. Organizational valuesnorms and interests become incorporated in the self-concept as employees increase their identification with the organization. Employee interactions with the organization, through other employees, management, customers, or others, reinforces (or resists) the employee identification with the organization.”

Clearly, the aim to having a wellness programme at work is encouraging overall wellbeing while still keeping it fun. Critically, though, the success of such programmes is getting your team engaged so that the ideas do not quickly lose steam. So make your initiatives fun, try new ideas and see what your team values the most.

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09 Mar ADDOSSER Adds More Branches on TAMS

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One of Nigeria’s leading Micro Finance Banks, Addosser Micro Finance Bank, has expanded its usage of the TAMS web application by adding two more strategic business units or branches- Ikeja and Lekki- to the time management human resource solution.

Reputed for helping micro, small and medium sized companies (MSMEs) achieve business growth, Addosser has over 80,000 customers, with a staff strength of more than 200 employees; 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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02 Mar LOESCHE on TAMS

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Located in Lekki, Lagos, the Nigerian office of Loesche, a globally renowned plant engineering solutions company with expertise in design, installation and upgrade of state-of-the-art equipment and plant constructions (new and existing) has deployed the TAMS brand of workplace technologies.

TAMS as a time-management based human resource solution that helps organizations get more productivity for less in terms of cost. The award-winning integrated HRM solution is designed to help organisations of all sizes and in all sectors transit 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 West Africa, 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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02 Mar HOW TO MAKE YOUR EMPLOYEES PAYDAY EXPERIENCE A DELIGHT

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As someone said, a labourer is worthy of his wages. If there is one thing that brings smiles to the faces of employees, it is the sound of bank alert on their phones at the end of the month notifying them that salaries have been remitted. No wonder Toba Beta said “If to love each other is the job, then the happy life is the salary”.

By all means, payroll is a routine task which ensures accurate payments and deductions are done, and at the appropriate time. Imagine therefore, the unfortunate scenario of payment delays due to some inadequacy in the payroll procedure when salaries are due to be paid. Without a doubt, payroll process requires accuracy and detailed analysis which if done manually might lead to time wasting and miscalculation- a situation that may lead to serious financial trouble on the part of the employer.

It makes good business sense then, for a business owner to deploy an automated payroll system which organises all employee payment tasks by keeping track of work hours, calculating wages, taxes and other deductions, and delivering payments to all quarters as and when due.

All that is required of a payroll system is for the employer to enter employee data and hours while the software performs all necessary operations. More importantly, having a payroll system as part of a one-stop human resource software is even better because all processes are integrated and there is almost no need for the employer to input data as all accurate data are integrated to facilitate payment of employees’ salaries.

While payroll systems are common in medium and big-sized companies, small business owners would rather stick to manual payment and disbursement processes convinced they are avoiding additional cost of acquiring software. Instructively, though, businesses of all types can make use of a payroll system. And small business owners need to take a peek into the immediate future to appreciate the possibilities that abound in technology-enhanced businesses and workplaces, where standalone payroll software or full stack HRM software applications possess the capability to automate and integrate their employees’ work cycles from recruitment to retirement.

 

 

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01 Mar TAMS WEB

TAMS WEB is a user-friendly HRM software that gives an organization access to a wide array of employee information and human resource functions on mobile phones, tablets and computers from anywhere in the world. Specially designed for organizations with single and multi-location entities, the framework and data configuration guarantees flexible and continuous customization for employee size of 5 to 10,000.

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26 Feb Tips to keep safe this rainy season

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The rains are here again. So, the following precautionary tips should keep you safe and healthy  for optimum productivity during this season.

  1. Avoid walking in the rain: as tempting as it might be to ‘feel the atmospheric coolness’, walking in the rain makes you prone to a host of viral diseases which can also cause fungal infections at the feet and nails.
  2. Prepare a rain gear: be it umbrella, hooded raincoat, waterproof shoes or boots, it is important to always have a set handy to avoid getting drenched when it rains, even unexpectedly.
  3. If your feet get wet, dry them and avoid staying in wet socks or shoes.
  4. If you get drenched or wet, avoid sitting in an airconditioned room or environment to avoid intense cold.
  5. In case you’re caught in the rain, having an extra pair of clothes and footwear in the office is a good idea.
  6. Diseases during the rainy season are usually water-borne. Therefore, you must take extra care of water you drink, use in cooking and overall usage of water.
  7. Endeavour to drink enough water regardless of your activity level. By doing this, it helps keep your system well hydrated throughout the day.
  8. Advisably (though not popular), take a shower after getting drenched. This helps to normalise the body temperature and shake off the cold caused by the rains.
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23 Feb EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE: Using an appraisal system that truly helps

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The process of appraising the performance of staff is one that most human resource managers have not found to be a walk in the park. Aspects such as reviewing individual productivity in line with organizational goals as well as determining how well employees are achieving their job descriptions sometimes attract unwanted controversy.

Clearly, the systematic evaluation of employee performance can be cumbersome, it is unavoidable because it helps determine how best to motivate and develop staff with regards to productivity on the job. It even serves as a means of evaluating the HR strategy and programmes.

Automated work tools have eased operational demands and eradicated or drastically reduced the attendant weaknesses of traditional performance review like favouritism, nepotism or other subjective factors. It is a known fact that traditional methods of appraising employees’ performance– particularly in large organizations–is fraught with complex and complicated processes, thus a systematized appraisal method offers simplicity and quick processing of the performance review.

As an integral part of the human resource management function, performance review when done properly, helps to improve job delivery and employee engagement, which ultimately lead to higher productivity. To achieve this however, it is imperative to conduct an objective and result-oriented performance review using the automated appraisal system.

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