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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23 Feb Maybrands joins TAMS

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Maybrands has joined an array of winning brands on the TAMS human resource time attendance application to manage its staff employment journey.

In its continuous effort to improve productivity, Maybrand, Nigeria’s biggest retail fashion accessory company and the only licensed store to sell fossil products in Nigeria, has incorporated the TAMS application to complement its employee management to achieve greater productivity. With stores in major Nigerian cities, Maybrand also stocks Emporio Armani, Diesel, DKNY, Adidas, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger and a host of fashion accessories for both women and men.

TAMS, an award winning solution, patented by the federal government of Nigeria, is renowned for helping organizations get more focused performance from their staff while spending less. The integrated human resources 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 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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16 Feb Flutterwave on TAMS

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Flutterwave joins the TAMS application network to manage its employees’ journey from recruitment to retirement.

A Fintech company headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Lagos, Nairobi, Accra, and Johannesburg, Flutterwave was founded in 2016 by a team of ex-bankers, entrepreneurs and engineers to “provide the underlying technology platform that allows businesses to make and accept payments anywhere in Africa.”

With a bouquet of time attendance, human resource management, payroll and complementary modules, the TAMS application is a value-add workforce management tool that is helping Flutterwave manage its array of talented developers for effective delivery on its mission to “power a new wave of prosperity across Africa by enabling global digital payments on a continent that’s been largely cut off from the digital economy, and creating the infrastructure to power Africa’s growth in the 21st Century.”

An award-winning time-management focused human resources solution, TAMS is designed to help organisations of all types and sizes transition from manual systems and spreadsheets to a web-based, automated and customizable human resource information system. With over 1,000 clients across Nigeria and Ghana, 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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09 Feb WEB-BASED HRM SOLUTION: Five Reasons My Company Needs One Now

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In today’s work ecosystem, organisations are constantly on the lookout for human resource management tools that will enhance productivity and increase output of employed efforts.

As workplaces evolve with growing adoption of technology for easier, faster and more accurate solutions to business challenges, human resources management efforts globally continue to embrace solutions available and accessible via the web to achieve set goals. As more organizations implement Web-based HRM solutions to enhance their employee and customer relations efforts, here are some reasons to do same .

  1. Time and money: two key ‘operational’ assets that progressive businesses have used to consistently achieve their business goals are judicious use of time and cost-saving. With a Web-based HRM solution, time spent on organisational tasks gets improved in real time and resources expended on ensuring tracking of work well done are reduced.
  1. Customization: a good Web-based HRM solution offers a customizable attribute to its working system. Unlike generic HRM solutions that are designed specifically for predetermined purposes, Web-based HRM solutions provide users the capability to modify the available features to meet their organizational or industry needs.
  1. Integration: according to Paychex Work, online HR platforms offer the added benefit of seamless integration across the HR spectrum— from recruiting and benefits to payroll and time attendance. Integrating the individual components of your HR suite often yields better accuracy (due to reduced need to key data into multiple systems); offers enhanced reporting capabilities and helps to improve regulatory compliance.
  1. Accountability: web-based HRM solutions empower both employers and employees alike. With such access and empowerment, however, comes greater need for accountability. On the part of the employees, a Web-based HRM system allows more control over their working lives, while for the employers, it helps to detect employees that refuse to be accountable for their schedules and work information.
  1. Global compatibility: for organizations with locations in multiple countries or intra-country location based system, Web-based HRM solutions also work hinderless for them because most of the programmes allow selection of a relevant language within a multilingual bouquet. The system also helps centralize employee data, hence making it easy to control access from different offices of the world.

Ultimately, deciding to incorporate a Web-based HRM system into your operations gives you more bang for your bucks. The time is now to improve productivity while saving cost.

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08 Feb WIFI Scam Security Tips

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WiFi scams are enabling hackers to access personal information, emails, usernames, passwords and credit card numbers. This can happen anywhere you try to connect to the internet while on the go, but it is especially prevalent at airports.

The problem occurs when you think you are connecting to an actual hot spot but it is really a peer-to-peer or computer-to-computer network. The only reason you have access to the internet is because the attacker has set up their PC to allow people to browse the Internet through their connection. Since you’re using their internet connection, all your traffic goes through their computer, which means he/she can see everything you do online. And, the worst part of it is you can’t actually see what’s happening – the hacker can steal information or plant a virus, leaving you completely unaware.

This is especially dangerous for business travelers whose laptops may be attacked by a virus when they unknowingly connect to a peer-to-peer network while on the road. When they return to the office and connect to their company’s network, that virus can then affect others.

Computer hackers are motivated by a variety of reasons. Some want to interfere with networks to do damage, commit fraud or steal data, or view breaking security as a challenge.
The truth is no one connected to any computer network is ever safe from these attacks. But you can try to limit your risk by following these security tips:

  • Do not connect to unfamiliar networks.
  • Never connect to a network identified as computer-to-computer.
  • Make sure your computer is not set up to automatically connect to networks.
  • Turn off file sharing while on the road.
  • Use antivirus software and keep it updated.
  • Install security patches.
  • Use a firewall.
  • Use your browser’s security settings.
  • Avoid opening email attachments.
  • Treat Instant Messaging suspiciously.

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26 Jan TAMS FROM HIRE TO RETIRE

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Recruitment has come a very long way over the time, from years of newspaper ads, where companies have spent a fortune over these ads, all the way to modern day advanced recruitment.

The newspaper advertisement might look like the most basic form of recruitment technique but it has been a very effective method. The major drawback with this technique is the huge expense related and its lack of directing it to a certain set of audience in a specific age group that might be interested in taking up the job.

Another popular method is hiring through the agencies, that shortlist the candidates on your behalf and find the professionals as per your requirements. The shortfall to this is the additional commissions and fee required and also candidates are prone to fraud.

Modern times demand drastic measures and all the techniques described previously don’t work too well in these times. To land candidates best suited for your most critical positions in the company, more advanced recruitment methods are required. Organizations all over the world  are moving to more dynamic and convenient solutions for hiring, an All-in-One software, that doesn’t only meet the HRs needs but also helps them with their hiring process.

The power of the World Wide Web (www) has completely thrown away the ancient techniques of hiring, out of the window, creating an immense opportunity for companies like TAMS (https://www.tams.com.ng) to jump in and serve. Hiring with TAMS Job cloud is effective, efficient and fast. It links to third party hiring channels for the purpose of hiring the right candidate. Hiring sites such as jobberman, career 24 are directly linked to TAMS job cloud module, hence, finding the right candidate for your company is a very simple task now.

TAMS provides a well-structured ATS (applicant tracking system), with a strong back-end support. The more evolved interface allows increased flexibility and the expandable nature, allowing room for all sorts of modifications to cater to individual needs and demand.

TAMS Job cloud already helps over 1000 companies across Nigeria, Ghana and Guinea to effectively automate the process of recruitment, being cost and time effective. TAMS builds the DNA of your organization, helping you create highly engaged and connected team. This All-in-one HR application is bound to break the market by providing cost-effective solution for all sizes and structures of organizations.

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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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