19 Jan Tips for Medication Safety

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Many people uses drug without follow doctors prescription. If you fall in the group such people kindly follow the tips and adjust your perception on drug taking.
1. Participate. Safe medication use is a shared responsibility between you, your doctor, the pharmacist, and other healthcare providers. Know your medications and ask questions if you’re not sure how, when, or why to take any drug.
2. Follow directions. Always follow your doctor’s directions about taking medications. There are often important reasons to take a medication at a specific dose and time.
3. Keep a list. A current list of your medications, including the times and reasons you take each one, will help your providers adjust your medications and identify potential interactions. Don’t leave out over-the-counter drugs, herbal medications, and supplements.
4. Read prescriptions and labels. Read new prescriptions before leaving the doctor’s office and ask questions if the instructions are unclear. Do the same with labels when you receive the medication.
5. Avoid others’ medications. Taking other people’s drugs may cause adverse reactions or interactions. Never take prescription medications your doctor has not prescribed for you.
6. Store medications properly. Most should be stored in a dry place at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, and out of children’s reach; others may require refrigeration. Throw away expired medications, which may be ineffective or even toxic.
7. When in doubt, ask. Your doctor and pharmacist are valuable resources for drug information. Your questions help them know what additional information to provide you. (Source)

Also Note:
Before medication is prescribed, tell your doctor if:
You are allergic to any medications.
You are currently taking any other medications (including over-the-counter medications).
You are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
You have problems taking any medications.

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19 Jan Habits that Improves Your IT Safety

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Technology continues to advance offering increased mobility, productivity and ROI at low cost. But this advance also present growing security concerns. Following are safety tips to help you guard against common threats and protect your business from hackers, crooks and identity thieves.

Habits which can improve your IT Security

  1. Get a safer password: Don’t use real words. Try the first letter of each word in a phrase you’ll remember, plus numbers and non-alphanumeric. e.g !Tfu2_g3Yung
  2. Check the URL: Once you’re on a website, check that the URL displayed is EXACTLY the same as the one you keyed in – not a phishing fake.
  3. Lock that laptop! Remember to lock your system when you are not leaving your sit.– Windows+L takes you there in a micro- second.
  4. Don’t hit that cancel button when another update comes in: These include security fixes – if you don’t run them, you’re vulnerable.
  5. Encrypt first: Downloading data to a USB stick? Play safe – we all know how easy it is to lose a thumb drive.
  6. Unexpected attachment? Check the sender, and the file extension. GIF, JPG, TIF, MPG, MP3 and WAV are safest. Watch out for .EXE files and double extensions eg. filename.gif.exe.
  7. Don’t over- socialise: Keep your professional and your social lives separate, and don’t give away ANY company information on social networking sites.
  8. Lost your smartphone? Activate remote lock/wipe, and promptly intimate your IT Department, even if it’s your personal phone but you sometimes use it for work.

While the threats to IT security are out there, these habits can help you stay protected and also keep your computer running more smoothly and reliably without costing you additional money.

 

While the threats to IT security are out there, these habits can help you stay protected and also keep your computer running more smoothly and reliably without costing you additional money.

To ensure maximum IT security, you should work with an IT partner that offers a variety of IT security solutions that can help improve your overall  security.

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19 Jan Time is not a Respecter of Persons

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David Émile Durkheim, a French sociologist who formally established the academic discipline- and is commonly cited as the principal architect- of modern social science once said “While it is almost certain that time punctuality will affect economic forces such as efficiency and productivity, it may also be socially important, as one of the factors that unites a modern society, a society, when compared to tribal society, composed essentially of strangers, together”. Thus, time is cardinal to economic and social activities that bring diverse peoples, ideas and resources together.

In his speech at the maiden edition of the TAMS Summit in 2016, the creator of TAMS, a time management-focused human resources management solution, Afolabi Abiodun (nicknamed Nigeria’s timekeeper), observed that “For the past three decades, various Nigerian governments have touted Vision 2020 to take us to the Promised Land of prosperity and development. Four years to expected delivery date, we are yet to scratch the surface of this laudable target. Why? In my honest opinion, the real culprit is a lack of commitment to doing things in a timely manner although it is easy to blame political will and socio-economic factors.”

Wikipedia states that “Time is of the essence” is a term used in contract law to express “the need for timely completion” indicating that one or more parties to the agreement must perform by the time to which the parties have agreed, especially if a delay will cause material harm. It is used in the United States, England and Commonwealth countries including Nigeria. A key lesson from this is that any serious entity, be it a nation, organisation or even individual that desires success and sustainable development must pay attention to timeliness. A common attribute of successful individuals, organizations and countries is the setting of clear timelines for their goals and objectives and following through to the last detail.

In Africa, and Nigeria in particular, time does not appear to be of the essence as government at all levels ‘while away’ productive time that is paid for by the labours of taxpayers. Negligent and indifferent to its value and consequences, millions of billable hours are lost daily and human capital rendered ineffectual because energies are not directed towards productive outputs.

While our leaders, past and present, tout support for the fight to eradicate the ‘ghost worker’ syndrome and laxity in the public workforce, they themselves have been found wanting, as recently published by an online news portal, Premium Times, on the disposition of Nigerian senators to timeliness. Source

Premium Times conducted a three-week investigation at the National Assembly in Abuja and discovered the unfortunate scenario where the Senate, Nigeria’s upper legislative arm, starts plenary about one hour later than resumption time. What this means is that little or no time is committed to deliberations and debates on matters that affect almost 200 million people. The investigation also revealed that even though most arrive late to the chamber, it takes the Chief Whip several more minutes to get them started. The reasons for this situation include principal officers arriving late for plenary, other Senators strolling in as if going for a cocktail and failure to maintain decorum. It is quite shocking and unfortunate for a potentially prosperous country like Nigeria, because a nursery school teacher would not- and does not- have such luxury of time to get three year old kids ready for class.

Further investigation revealed that apart from the whopping undisclosed amount that Senators receive as salaries and allowances, citizens are indirectly robbed of legislative time for important debates, consideration and passage of bills. It is quite an injustice therefore, that regardless of such abuse of time and the ethics of work, Senators receive full pay. Wouldn’t it be fair to move the motion that our legislators, governors, judges, civil servants and executives be paid for the quantity and quality of work done?

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12 Jan Sow Time, Reap Result

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Just like a farmer who schedules and plans to harvest well, failure to plan and schedule properly from the beginning lead to a awful harvest year. Time is of essence to a farmer, he needs to identify when and what seed to plant at a particular weather circle as every seedling grows at a particular weather circle, example is African cherry popularly known as Agbalumo, is always harvested during the harmathan season. This means that the agbalumo seedling must be planted at the beginning of the previous harmathan season to be harvested at the present harmathan season, failure to plan along this circle leads to profit loss to the farmer.

Same goes for business owners, especially in the New Year, they need to plan properly for their new businesses to have a fruitful profit harvest year. A business owner needs to look backward and identify where he got it wrong to re-gig for the new business year, he needs to factor in tools that will aid success for the year. One area of importance a business owner needs to really pay attention to is punctuality, as absenteeism indirectly ruins a business.

As identified above punctuality is key in running a business especially at this critical period when the economic crunch is biting so hard, this article will focus on workplace time management, its importances and gains to the growth of an organization.

One key ingredient to success in the workplace is putting mechanism in place to ensure that staff consistently attend work. Attendance management is important to every single organization, it can determine whether or not a business will be successful in the future. Every organization can positively and proactively encourage attendance by communicating with staff, keep records to identify trends or trouble spots, and promote health and wellness with your staff.

Managing attendance can also be a factor in which a business can manage absences. Absences in a business can cause it to lose a huge amount of money as well as productivity, because when one person is missing it has a huge impact on the rest of the business. If a business can manage or measure attendance the employer will be able to tell how much time is being lost/delayed. Proper time management drastically improves productivity, performance and high rate on investment (ROI). Different mechanism can be put in place for proper time management such as:

  • Putting in place proper time management policy
  • Eradicate paper attendance by installing time attendance biometrics machine at your location
  • Deploy easy to use Human Resources Management (HRM) Application to manage your employees
  • Synchronize payroll application with the HRM and attendance system
  • Design a reward mechanism among employees to reward those that come to work on time .

Organizations are set up particularly not for charity but to make profit, a serious organization will take into cognizance proper time management as punctuality boosts profitability.

Contact us today @ TAMS Nigeria for free consultation on having a proper time management tool in place to improve productivity, performance, to erradicate laxity and above all improve drastically Return on Investment.

Visit https://www.tams.com.ng/ for further information, you can also click https://www.tams.com.ng/#demo to request for a demo to test the functionality of the TAMS Application. Call 08083846345 or 08054539109

Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attendance_management

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08 Jan The Importance of Biometric Identification Systems in Business

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Accurate identification and accountability
Although the conventional business security systems are accessible through the use of passwords, special PIN numbers and smart cards. You can also achieve a high level of accuracy by using the conventional biometric computer systems. In fact, once the system has been set up appropriately, you can easily use it provided physiological information such as fingerprints and iris scans, which are more accurate and effective at determining system users.

More so, these types of features are difficult to duplicate, thereby making them an excellent addition to your unique access control systems. By using biometric identification logins allows the user to easily connect to a particular database or business networks as well. Therefore, the biometric systems are used to create a clear and meaningful audit trail for user transactions and as an access control system as well.

Easy, time-saving and Safe for Use
One important benefit of these types of system is that they make excellent solutions for identification and they are also simple to use. The biometric technology provides users with precise results and with minimal invasiveness since a simple scan or user data is needed to activate the business system functionalities. Furthermore, the special software and hardware can be set up without the need of special expertise or technical knowledge. These systems are also extremely efficient, which is another significant benefit that it has over the conventional security system. In fact, a user can be authenticated or denied access within a few seconds or perhaps up until the system administrator can allow them access. For this reason, these systems are excellent time savers for business owners who want to cut down on work time and increase productivity.

User-Friendly Systems, Scalable and secure
Once the access control systems are installed for your business, you can assume functionality of the system as soon as it starts running. While you may need some basic training into how to navigate the system, it often takes a short duration to master all the caveats and requirements of getting the system in full operation. Moreover, another notable advantage of these types of systems is that they guarantee long-term security for the business. One big challenge of the conventional access control systems is that they often comprise of various verification steps and a combination of many characteristics, which can be rather tough to remember. The biometric systems are not only highly versatile, but they are also scalable as well. In fact, you can use several versions of the system sensors and security systems with regards to your system requirements. For instance, at the lowest level of the business system, you can use the rather discrete features and when you are going for high tech security levels, then, you might opt for the sophisticated user features.

Convenience and versatility
The biometric identification systems are regarded as a highly convenient system since the user is not required to remember any passwords, or perhaps carry badges, ID cards and even documents. As a result, the business system is much more secure and the user can access the system provided they have the appropriate privileges as rights. However, users of the conventional biometric Systems that forget their ID cards and passwords may fail to complete tasks assigned to them on time thereby limiting the productivity of the business. However, with biometric systems access, it is often a simple and quick procedure. It’s important to note that the consumer market is nowadays packed with a broad spectrum of biometric scanners that can be used for various business security applications. Some of these can be used at checkpoints such as entrances, doorways and when accessing system computers as well. Further lending to the versatility of these types of systems is that the system administrator can easily classify the system users that have access to specific system functionalities. On top of that, the system administrator can also monitor user transactions and determine when a particular activity takes place in the business systems.

Valuable investment
The other notable benefit of investing in these types of systems is that you can easily mitigate the effects of any fraudulent activities and also track the average hours of work per user and reduce on management time and costs. While the system security might be enhanced, you still retain the capability of implementing new business system policies and procedures at the same time. And all you have to do is to provide a one-time installation cost and reserve for some occasional maintenance.

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05 Jan TAMS Welcomes Bukka Hut

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Bukkha Hospitality Limited; trading as Bukka Hut is a restaurant hospitality chain of Nigerian heritage, offering multi-format stores in various locations. Bukka Hut recently joined her sisters in the industry of hospitality (The Place, Domino, Tokaib Cakes amongst many others) already using the TAMS Application to manage employee from recruitment to retirement.

To key into the organizations set mission which is to be the restaurant of choice, for lovers of Nigerians dishes, by providing quality meals while focusing on exceptional customer service in a healthy and clean environment concluded that a solution that will help manage employees from recruitment to retirement from a central location to enhance swift service delivery is urgently needed hence why the organization scouted for a solution that will best suit the organization and eventually settled for TAMS.

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.

Launched in 2012 as a time attendance management system, the introduction of the highly secured cloud service has made TAMS more robust by giving users the opportunity to monitor employees’ productivity on any smart device anywhere in the world.

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05 Jan Happy New Year from TAMS

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Once again, welcome to a new year of promise, hope, progress and much more. My name is TAMS, a time management focused human resource management application. I am delighted o be wishing you and your team a prosperous and productive business year.

My appreciation goes to users who have deployed me as their human resources management solution. I am proud to assure you of more user friendly module updates and stronger support because my New Year resolution is to see more satisfied and customers who are able to create enabling environments for sustainable results this year.

As we all know, every new year allows business owners the opportunity to set new goals and look forward to better performances to move the business to the next level. The reality most times is that projections, however optimistic, may not be attained if proper procedures and tools are not put in place.

It is a well-known fact that for any corporate agenda to be successful, it must be understood and driven by the workforce. Harvey Mackay noted that “Your workforce is your most valuable asset. The knowledge and skills they have represent the fuel that drives the engine of business- and you can leverage that knowledge”. Clearly, an empowered and organized workforce is critical for organizational success.

So, when listing the year’s resolution, I would like to advise business owners that what should be at the top of the list are tools that facilitate the processes that are geared towards the actualization of those goals. Please permit my immodesty if I offer myself as that leading homegrown tool that best manages your employees from recruitment to retirement; a solution at your fingertips that is easy to use and flexible enough to manage your employees for optimum productivity. As a complete human resources management solution, I possess- among others- key features that best suit your business needs, namely:

·         Time management

·         Shift management

·         Leave & Exemption management

·         Appraisal Management

·         Direct Remittance Payroll Management

Start your 2018 business on the right footing by visiting TAMS Website for more information about me, or contact 8054539109 or 08083846345 for free consultation on how to get started.

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04 Jan Getting Back into Work Mode after the Holidays

welcomeBack BannerThe thought of returning to work after a vacation filled with family time, gifts and good food can be a bit daunting. The last thing you want to think about is coming into work to deal with an inbox full of emails. Don’t worry though; there are several tips and tricks for this situation. Here is some helpful advice you and your employees can use to get back into work mode after a long holiday vacation.

Try to start early. We know this might sound crazy because again, you don’t even want to think about going back to work, but doing this could make the transition from holiday break a little less stressful. By arriving a little bit early you have the opportunity to get things done without the distraction that your coworkers may bring and it allows you to get a head start on the 500 emails awaiting your reply. So come in a little early, it will benefit you in the long run.

Do the simple things first. Starting your first day back with easier tasks will help you gain the momentum to get everything done. Go through your email and remove all the ones that require no work on your part. If the subject line suggests that you may have to do something, go ahead and set that email aside for now. Clear all of the clutter off of your desk providing you with a neat and tidy work environment to get back into the swing of things!

Make a list. Dive into those emails you had set aside earlier. Each time you find something that you need to do, write it down on a piece of paper creating a to-do list for yourself. Now you have no unread emails and everything that you need to accomplish is written down right in front of you. This makes it easier to check things off as you get them done while only focusing on one task at a time.

Don’t let the thought of returning to work after the holidays overwhelm you. Try to start early, complete the simple tasks first, and make yourself a to-do list. Following these tips will bring you back into work mode without all of the stress that comes with it!

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13 Dec Tips to Stay Healthy and Happy During the Holidays

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Christmas, New Year’s — these are supposed to be times of celebration, togetherness, and happiness. Yet, they can bring challenges to our physical and emotional health. Here are eight tips for staying healthy and happy during this season of joy.

  1. Eat well. It’s common to pack on 5-10 pounds during the holiday season, but there are ways you can eat both healthy and well! Know which foods are high in caloric content and low in nutrition. Don’t deprive yourself of such treats, but indulge in moderation. Eat smaller meals instead of “saving yourself” for one huge buffet. Opt for healthy options at home, and when visiting others, bring a healthy dish to share. Be careful of liquid calories, including alcoholic beverages.
  2. Stay active. Exercise is just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year. You should be active at least four to five times a week, preferably with some aerobic exercise every day. Enlist your loved ones to join you for quality bonding time.
  3. Prevent illness and injuries. Colds and the flu are most prevalent in the winter. Prevent them by washing your hands regularly and urging others to do the same. Stay warm by dressing in layers. Watch young ones and assist the elderly, who are at increased risk of falls and other injuries during this time.
  4. Check your heating system. Install a carbon monoxide detector and test it once a month. Keep grills and generators out of the house, and don’t run your car for long periods of time in the garage. Most residential fires also occur in the winter; never leave fireplaces, stoves, and candles unattended.
  5. Travel safely. Whether you are going down the block or halfway across the world, follow extra precautions. Give yourself plenty of time in the additional holiday traffic. Never drink and drive. Be on the lookout for reports of extreme weather and heed warnings. If you’re traveling away from home, make sure to pack and take your medications. Know how to contact your doctor when you are away and have a medical problem, and where the local ER is.
  6. De-stress. Holidays can be a stressful time. You may be working, and feel the stress of managing your work duties along with additional commitments to your friends and family. You may feel the financial stress of gifts and the interpersonal stress of conflicts. Try to anticipate sources of stress and develop a plan to manage them. This may involve committing to fewer get-togethers or setting a tighter budget. Don’t feel guilty; you have to take care of yourself before you can take of others.
  7. Help others. Depression and suicidality increase during the holidays. Watch for signs of depression among your friends and family. Take an active role to support those in need. Invite those colleagues or friends who are alone over the holidays to spend time with you. Volunteer and give to those less fortunate.
  8. Treat yourself. The holiday spirit is about helping others around you, but you also have to make time to take care of yourself. So treat yourself with something over the holidays. It may be something as simple as sleep. Wake up late and enjoy a day of rest; you need it. How about reading that book you’ve been meaning to for a long time, or getting a manicure or massage? Take the time to do the things that make you happy.

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08 Dec Managing Employee Performance Problems

Employee-Recognition-GiftSManaging team is more than just hiring and motivating hard workers. Even the best managers will encounter challenging employees who, due to poor performance or personality conflicts, are dragging down the morale and productivity of their whole team. As a manager, it’s your job to stop the damage as the purpose of performance management is to help the employee be successful and to draw boundaries for appropriate behaviour on the job.

Performance management is undoubtedly a significant part of every manager’s job. The primary task of managers is to deliver high productivity by utilizing his/her team to reach its potential. Of course this is far from easy or simple. And periodically, even with effective management, motivated employees and a healthy environment, there will be some employees who are failing to meet performance expectations.

Managing a team effectively isn’t just about good staffing and then motivating your all stars. Over time, your best efforts aside, you will face challenging employees, who will always cause unneeded stress at work, whether it’s due to low quality performance or personality problems. Very often at work when people see difficult employees, they just avoid them. As the leader, you can’t do that. It’s your job to stop any damage they’re creating and to help them improve as professionals. Think of it this way, most of your team, most of the time, will function effectively.

And your job is to protect them from dynamics that can hurt morale and productivity. Nothing threatens morale and productivity faster than having a member of the team performing or acting inappropriately. How to appropriately react to poor performance is one of a manager’s biggest challenges.

A good manager is meant to draw up a model that helps take care of performance problems and improve employee performance. Below are some tips that can aid a manager to succeed in managing employee performance problems: Be specific with facts in hand, Consider the needs of your employees, Focus on feedback, Provide Performance Support Technology, Offer rewards and recognition.

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