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3 ways lark encourages job autonomy, empowering employees to be more productive

Working from home has shown many employees the importance of job autonomy. Workplace autonomy simply means that team members are granted a level of freedom to accomplish tasks in the best way that they can. .....»»

Category: techSource: thestandard thestandardOct 26th, 2020

Lark best work-from-home tool

If there's one thing we can be sure of with everything that's happened the past couple of months, is that remote work is here to stay. The abrupt shift to working from home has required employers and employees alike to learn how to work efficiently while remaining flexible. Time management skills, discipline and focus are essential now, more than ever, in order to stay productive......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Three Quarters of Employees Never Want to Return to Pre-Pandemic, Traditional Work

New global research commissioned by Kaspersky of 8,000 SMB workers across multiple industries has revealed that almost three-quarters of employees (74%) want to rethink pre-COVID-19 ways of working. Instead of returning to business as usual, workers worldwide are now shaping a future of business on their terms, whether that’s spending more time with loved ones […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

Big businesses sacrifice to prop up economy during pandemic

The country’s top corporations have shown that they have been walking the talk even before signing the Covenant for Shared Prosperity wherein they have sacrificed profitability in order to take care of their stakeholders and ensure sustainability.                 SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman Hans T. Sy said that, during this pandemic, “We were the first to announce to continue all the salaries even when we were all down. So these are all sacrificing profits. Why do we do that? …We are all looking into long term. Investment is not only just for the short term basis, it is really for the long term we’re in here.” SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman Hans T. Sy (left) and Ayala Corporation Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.               Ayala Corporation Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala agreed with Sy, noting that most businesses, “in one way or another has suffered a great deal of pain and, in many ways, to preserve the ecosystem, to retain their employees, the people that support them.”              “I have 1001 examples that I’ve seen during this crisis of everybody sacrificing a great deal,” he noted.              Sy and Zobel were keynote speakers during the launching of the Philippine Business Community’s Covenant for Shared Prosperity organized by the Management Association of the Philippines.              “As we struggle with the COVID pandemic, we also need to address the critical longer-term global issue of inequality which has worsened because of the current health crisis. Many businesses have closed, millions have lost jobs and many are going hungry,” said MAP President Francis Lim.              He noted that, “When the crisis is over, we at MAP would like to see a new ‘normal’ in the way we deal with our stakeholders — our employees, customers, product/service/fund providers, the communities we serve (especially the bottom of the pyramid), the environment and our shareholders (both majority and non-controlling shareholders).”             Lim explained that, “The Covenant… is envisioned to be the private sector’s response to the stakeholder theory now enshrined under the Revised Corporation Code.”             Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Emilio Aquino explained that the stakeholder theory is a major shift in focus of businesses which used to be focused only in the interests of its stockholders.             Aquino said that, now, publicly-listed companies “are mandated to report on their economic, environmental and social impacts which further strengthened the Stakeholder Theory. At this point, we have seen a drastic paradigm shift in the way corporations do business and create shareholder value. Profit, while essential in the survival of the corporation, is not anymore the sole focus of corporate ventures.”            “Maybe it had to take a beast like COVID-19 for all of us to understand that we all have to support each other as communities and institutions if we are to rebuild successfully,” said Zobel.            He added that, “Now, more than ever, we have to find ways to expand our traditional definition of who we are responsible for and accountable to – well beyond our shareholders and other providers of capital; well beyond the sole pursuit of profit.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

Save money when you work remotely using Lark

Now that a larger number of employees are working remotely, one common topic of discussion is how money-saving this work arrangement can actually be for individuals......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 1st, 2020

Cooperation, not competition

SPEAKING OUT Ignacio R. Bunye The Ayala Group is widely recognized in the Philippines and in Asia as a pioneer in ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) with its formal adoption of the Ayala Sustainability Framework. In a recent webcast conversation with ATR Asset Management’s Julian Tarrobago, Jr., Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (JAZA), Chairman and CEO of Ayala, explained the genesis of this corporate philosophy. In a nutshell, this is about using the economic engine and for-profit discipline of enterprises to address social issues – not as a philanthropy but as an integral part of doing business. This is a new philosophy designed to foster an environment where there is inclusive growth. This is achieved by engaging disenfranchised sectors and going beyond just the financials. This is reflected in how Ayala purposively evolved over the years and how it has operated during the crisis. This explains how and why Ayala Land continues to make urban centers more livable and more friendly, why Ayala Land projects aim to become carbon-neutral a few years down the road, why AC Energy continues to improve its mix of energy sources, consistently increasing reliance on renewables, why Ayala has ventured into health and into education, and why BPI has dramatically upsized its microfinance. This explains why during the crisis, Ayala’s first concern was to ensure both the physical and financial well-being of its stakeholders. This includes Ayala’s employees and those of the various eco-systems (read that as 250,000 SMEs) which support Ayala. This meant P10 billion, to date, of foregone revenue, to help in their recovery and fostering sustainable growth beyond the crisis. Finally, JAZA explains why “this is a time for us to learn to cooperate rather than be at odds with each other. Our modern capitalist system is massively integrated in a way that it wasn’t in the past. And because we have an integrated system, we are tied to each other in ways that we either all succeed together, or not. If one component of that system is allowed to fail, then you start to break up what makes modern capitalism so strong. The supply chain, the integration, the way we work off each other, each person providing their own component of the system. If we don’t help each other, particularly in the public-private sector to reenergize and restart that great engine, then we will fail. Perhaps, this is a period in time where cooperation is being demanded more from all of us both in the private sector alone and in the private-public interaction, to see how we can all work together to address the many pain points that we will face as a nation if we are to get out of this pandemic.” Change your passwords often Even prior to the pandemic, incidents of unauthorized ATM withdrawals by third parties have been reported on the rise. It is perhaps opportune to issue this reminder. Essentially, it is about keeping our User IDs and passwords safe. One normally reads this reminder on our bank’s website. This is what the bank usually tells us. The bank will never ask you to provide your User IDs or Passwords through e-mail or SMS so don’t fall for unsolicited messages that your account has been temporarily disconnected and that you have to change your password. Never click on links from suspicious e-mails and SMS. Hackers can gain access to your account, plant malware, and steal your identity. Monitor your accounts regularly and immediately report any discrepancies. If I may just add, don’t ask anybody to withdraw money from the ATM for you. For added protection, you may want to use Code Red, an RFID and NFC Anti-Scanning Card. It is a smart card that provides protection from identity theft by manipulating the radio signals using E-field technology. Simply put it inside your wallet and it will make your personal data invisible to electronic thieves and hackers. (Thanks BPI EVP Mon Jocson for this last tip.) Note: You may wish to share the foregoing article via Facebook, Twitter and/or Linked-In......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Healthy snacks that you should stick to at the office

Sometimes hunger strikes at the most inconvenient of times and we’re pushed to making unhealthy snacking choices. Snacks are just as important as any meal of the day and so they require proper planning. If you’re an employer who would like his employees to keep hunger at bay and remain productive, it about time you […] The post Healthy snacks that you should stick to at the office appeared first on Kagay An......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Dover Business Services Cebu Empowering Growth in The Time of Crisis

The COVID-19 health crisis has altered the shared services industry this year. As companies in Cebu transitioned from on-site to remote work, the Dover Business Services (DBS) office in Cebu responded and rebuilt plans to empower its employees to not just work from home (WFH) but ultimately, win from home.  From the time quarantine guidelines […] The post Dover Business Services Cebu Empowering Growth in The Time of Crisis appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2020

QC encourages self-reporting of all probable, positive COVID-19 cases

CALOOCAN CITY, Aug 8 (PIA) -- The Quezon City encourages residents and employees working in the city that are probable or confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to help the governme.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

What’s in style? Safe shopping.

Rustan’s goes all out with safety measures, including the latest in disinfection and sanitation. THANK YOU FOR SMOKING. Rustan’s utilizes Spanish technology Sanivir, which contains active ingredients proven to kill bacteria, molds, and coronavirus These extraordinary times have completely shifted the definition of so many ordinary words. Take, for example, “weekends.” What does a weekend even mean, when everyone is living their weekends day in, day out? People cooped up inside their homes, Netflix and chilling (or pacing, depending on current anxiety levels), wearing their Natori Fortuna Mandarin all day, as governments all over the world caution to shelter in place.  Or “homecooked.” Everything’s veritably homecooked now—whether it’s cooked in your home, by you, or cooked in somebody else’s home, by an upstart baker you support because she’s your niece, or by your favorite chef, who is left with no choice but to create his oeuvres from his home kitchen.  Or “luxury.” Let’s be honest. Luxury—its BC (before Covid) definition—contained overused keywords like glamour, opulence, indulgence, lavishness. But times, they’ve changed.  Fancy things now seem so unnecessary, so excessive, so out of touch, so…pointless—in a world that has hastily pivoted back to the basics. Sipping tea from a Royal Albert 1980 Roseblush cup doesn’t seem as luxurious as being able to score some actual, hard-to-acquire Gold Yen Zhen tea from TWG, even if you have to gulp it from those ubiquitous bamboo cups.  The pandemic has changed what luxury meant. Now, luxury is the feeling of being safely ensconced in our cocoons, safe from the virus, safe from the madding crowds. Safety is luxury. To be more accurate: Luxury is being safe, while experiencing as few inconveniences as possible. One Home, One HopeMarketers and entrepreneurs are now realizing, after putting in all necessary work to convince their clients to come back, that a sense of safety is beyond physical, it is psychological. It’s Plexiglass with perception, masks coupled with marketing.  Brands, to successfully ride out these challenging times, need to do more than just tick off government checklists—they need to bank on their legacies, their ethos, their abiding sense of connection to loyal clientele.  AT YOUR SERVICE. Rustan’s opened up a Sanivir desk to allow its customers to avail of its method In the travel industry, as it is in the retail industry, it’s about leveraging on your loyal clientele’s sense of home. “Home” is no longer just their place of residence, but their familiar zones. It’s about “feeling at home.” As people start to nervously and grudgingly go out, they will only want to stay and explore sacred spaces where they’ve “felt at home.” Luxury retailer Rustan’s understands this well. “Our goal for the past 70 years has always been to serve the community with great service and to provide a safe environment that feels like home,” Nedy Tantoco, chairman of Rustan Commercial Corporation, says. “In this new chapter, we are committed to the idea of ‘One Home, One Hope.’ As an establishment that has been a second home for many shoppers, we will stay dedicated in implementing thorough safety protocols to ensure that our employees and shoppers are protected and can visit us with ease of mind.” And this is why higher-end businesses like Rustan’s will flourish, despite the financial challenges Covid-19 brings. They have the space, and they obviously can very well afford to put stringent safety measures in place. Precise precautions are in their DNA. These are establishments that cater to the VVIPs, whose exacting standards they’ve always tried to meet.  And it’s not just loyal clients who will seek out these private spaces—the occasional and habitual shopper will gravitate toward businesses that offer them this hushed environment. Going inside cramped little boutiques have lost their novelty, and many will shirk away from places that tend to be crowd favorites.  At Rustan’s, shoppers have always counted on the intimacy of the shopping experience. Unobtrusive but alert sales personnel have always kept their distance as you scan the racks, and there’s always a sense of quiet order—a serene retail floor space, backed by an efficient team who anticipate your needs and who move with the fluidity of a well-directed orchestra.  This efficiency will be in full display when you visit the store again—that is if you still haven’t since it reopened in June.   Opened after three months of closure, the luxury retailer has implemented, in compliance with government regulations, security measures like foot baths, thermal scans, hand sanitation, and mandatory wearing of masks. You’ll also see staff repeatedly disinfecting touchpoints like escalator rails and elevator buttons, and alcohol dispensers are going to be ubiquitous.   RETAIL WONDER. Sanivir is perfect for retail spac-es as smoke is dry and won’t stick to clothing Managers, sales associates, security personnel, and cleaners are all wearing masks, face shields, and goggles. But it’s the little touches that will remind you how they’ve set the bar high—sanitation boxes are placed in fitting rooms for clothes that are not purchased, fitting rooms are sanitized after every use, and store personnel are required to steam the clothes before putting them back on display.  At the payment counter, all credit cards will be sanitized, and packages will be disinfected before being handed to the customer. At the store’s East Café, tables are separated with plastic shields, and so are the wash basins in the restrooms, which will each have a sanitary officer, whose only job is it to disinfect the toilet after every use.  And that’s just the stage. Backstage, it’s just as—if not more—exacting. Introducing Sanivir, the latest in disinfection technology “Even in our employees’ canteens we have placed plastic shields to protect each of our employees while they are having their lunch break,” Nedy says. The company has required all returning employees to be tested for Covid-19.  Rustan’s is also continually disinfected using Sanivir, a technology introduced in the Philippines by chemist Pinky Tobiano of KPP Powers Commodities, who is also CEO of Qualibet Testing Services. “Sanivir is a smoke disinfectant from Spain, which contains glutaraldehyde and orthopenyl phenol—two active ingredients have been tested that can kill bacteria, molds, and viruses that have been proven against coronavirus by laboratories in EU.” PINKY’S PROMISE. Pinky Pe Tobiano, the chemistwho brought the technology to the Philippines “It was great timing and serendipitous that we found the product right before the pandemic escalated to the level it is now,” Pinky tells Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “Sanivir was both an innovative and unique product that addresses the problem we currently have—it is easy to use, cost-friendly, effective, and safe.” It is a perfect disinfectant for a retail space—it only utilizes smoke, is dry, and won’t stick to clothing. “When Pinky introduced to me her disinfection program, I immediately asked her to do my father’s house and my own house,” Nedy shares. “I was so satisfied with the service that I asked her if she could open a service desk at Rustan’s to allow our customers the chance to avail of this disinfecting method. It’s so easy. Any housewife can do it. It allows us the ease of disinfecting without a fuss. It also works for our cars. The service desk has been open for two weeks at Rustan’s Ayala Avenue. And I am happy to say that it has met full acceptance with quite a number of Rustan’s customers.” Its ease of use is an advantage. “Just open the can, remove the plastic cover of the wick, set on a flat surface, light the wick, and leave for the next six to eight hours. The smoking process lasts for only one to two minutes, then disinfection takes place for the next six to eight hours,” Pinky says. “That’s good for 14 days.” And the cost? Surprisingly very minimal.  “One can of Sanivir of 25 grams is P1,750 and it’s good for 14 days for a room of 30 to 50 square meters,” Pinky says. “The cost per day is only a P125 investment. If you have five people in the room, the investment per person per day is only P25.”    But for those who are not in the mood to shop in-store, Rustan’s online service has amped up its service. Apart from its website, fortuitously launched a year ago, you can also tap the Personal Shoppers on Call Service, where sales associates respond to you on Viber, after which you can have your items delivered to you, or picked up by the curbside. Nedy shares, “And very soon, we will launch our Rustan’s Concierge Service, where customers can call a single number, and will be immediately assigned a personal shopper to attend to their needs.”  Now, many ways words and concepts are redefined in these troubled times—but having your own personal shopper, one who’ll do your shopping for you as you leisurely read the latest Kevin Kwan Sex and Vanity book in the comfort of your home?  We’re guessing that that’s a definition of luxury that won’t likely ever change—unprecedented crisis or not.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

RPA Tech: Empowering workforce, automating the future

Robots have been around for years, working side by side with humans in ways never imagined before. They make lives easier as they serve as tools that complement how people live, work, and play......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 29th, 2020

Greenhills celebrates a healthier and more active lifestyle with Active Playground

With the invisible enemy still around us everyday, having a healthy immune system is key to safeguarding yourself against COVID-19. Since most of us have been cooped up at home in the past months, it is important to find creative ways of staying active and fit even when going about our day-to-day lives, such as grocery shopping, dining out or doing errands.  Greenhills fully encourages everyone to continue to stay active and is constantly providing ways to motivate consumers towards a more fit and healthier lifestyle. With this, Greenhills is pioneering the launch of Active Playground that promotes a convenient space for bikers, joggers and people who want to have a leisurely workout throughout the day. In an effort to accommodate the increase in bikers due to the limited transportation amidst this GCQ, Greenhills has also worked to create a bike-friendly mall for everyone. Biking  Whether you’re biking for fitness, or biking to get your essentials, Greenhills will offer dedicated bike lanes and bike parking. There are also signages placed throughout the complex to guide bikers and to lead them to the designated parking spaces where they can lock their bikes before shopping. For those that bike for fitness, every day from 6 AM to 8 AM, Greenhills will be implementing bike priority lanes.  Fitness Since walking is one of the easiest ways to get moving, Greenhills has developed an even more enjoyable walking atmosphere with pop-up challenges and workouts open for everyone. To encourage mall goers to stay fit and active, there will be pop-up challenges in different areas of the mall, encouraging patrons to jump, hop, balance and have fun. There are also markers that indicate the number of steps taken and how many calories can be burned once they complete a certain number of signs.   As guests walk around the certified walk and bike friendly Greenhills Mall, they will be greeted with motivational signs to remind them to make the most out of the day and to always treat their body well. Through Active Playground, Ortigas Malls makes staying fit and active easy as they integrate it into our daily lives and mall-going routines. Watch out for the launch of Active Playground in Tiendestas and Estancia soon. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

De Los Santos Medical Center Innovates with Locally Produced Negative Pressure Tents to Help Curb COVID-19 Infection

The global pandemic has pushed essential businesses to find innovative and efficient ways to ensure that they can still provide their much-needed services while keeping both employees and customers safe. At De Los Santos Medical Center (DLSMC), this meant creating a “new normal” that would allow their invaluable healthcare frontliners all the protocols and equipment they need to provide healthcare services most safely and effectively......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 28th, 2020

New Hanabishi endorser Sarah G. urges families to find ways to make their home life better during quarantine

Hanabishi Philippines’ new celebrity endorser Sarah Geronimo-Guidicelli encourages families to find ways to make their home life better during quarantine. The Popstar advices people to stay at home and learn a new skill like cooking or baking as they have more time at their disposal. Get the kids to make their own merienda or midnight snacks, catch up on the series you’ve been wanting to see, or finally finish that book you’ve been putting off reading for months......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2020

Malaysian Company’s solution for team members working at home or in the field

AS more employees work remotely in response to the spread of Covid-19, Elabram Systems with regional offices in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia and headquartered in Malaysia opt to provide a solution and full support to all organisations and companies to help the employees stay connected and productive. WMS or Workforce Management Systems is […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 18th, 2020

PHI team fencer Esteban leads drive to help COVID-19 frontliners

National athlete Maxine Esteban continues to serve the country even off the fencing piste. Esteban is doing her part to help the medical frontliners and communities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Ateneo de Manila University sophomore together with her sisters, launched a fundraising drive named "A Small Thing Goes A Long Way." "Well, at first I wanted to make my break productive. I really thought of how I can do my part as a Filipino citizen and as a national athlete to help out our frontliners," shared the 19-year-old member of the PHI Team Foil squad that won bronze during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. "I feel like the youth has to actively participate and take part in helping the government find ways to reach out to the medical frontliners and the affected communities,” she added. Definitely, even the smallest of donations ended up being big in her drive. In just one week, Esteban has raised PHP 339,000.70 and has gathered 50 pieces of COVID-19 Uratex pillows and 92 bottles of alcohol. Esteban could not help but be overwhelmed by the continuous support her drive has received. "I was really surprised because I saw Ate Hidilyn [Diaz] raise funds also that is why I started one as well. I think she reached almost one-hundred thousand pesos. So I was surprised when I saw my friends donating a lot and some people I don't even know," expressed Esteban, UAAP Season 81's Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. Beneficiaries of Esteban’s fundraiser includes UST Hospital, UERM Memorial Hospital, and National Children's Hospital, to go along with affected communities in San Juan City. The pillows, on the other hand, will go to families in San Juan and UERM. Esteban's fundraising activity will go on until April 26, 2020. Here are the ways one can add to Esteban's drive: Bank Bank: BDO Wilson Street Account number: 6580077300 Account name: Maxine Isabel Esteban   G-Cash number Cellular number: 0917 5284329  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2020

Taking Social Action with the Samsung Global Goals App

In this new reality of remote connectivity, staying engaged, informed and productive has never been more important. There are a number of easy ways for us to do our part to support the wellbeing of others, as well as ourselves......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 17th, 2020

Managing a crossroad: Where business meets ‘bayanihan’

Golden Bay Land Holdings COO Jardin Wong implements ways to help employees and give back to the community......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 13th, 2020

Milo Champions IG Live Lets Parents and Kids Train Online with National Athletes

With the current COVID-19 situation forcing schools to close and summer activities to be postponed, kids have more time at home and parents are left worrying about how to keep them productive during the quarantine. To address this, MILO has launched its new online sports program, “MILO Champions IG Live,” that encourages parents to keep […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 13th, 2020

‘MSME, employees need assistance, too’

Some four million workers of micro, small and medium enterprises or MSME are to benefit from a subsidy program that the Department of Finance is even now crafting with labor officials to help previously productive employees whose lives have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. This was reiterated on Sunday by the Joint Congressional Oversight […] The post ‘MSME, employees need assistance, too’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 12th, 2020

Securing a lifeline: Banking personnel find ways to helm finance frontlines

Today's frontliners are heroes above all else. At BDO, they continue to commit to serving the public. Here's what their employees have to say......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2020