Monday, June 19, 2017

Survey debunks (and confirms) workplace myths on millennials


Home Credit’s HR survey reveals interesting data about tweens—and thirtysomethings, too

Much has been said about millennials, the segment of the population that typically falls in the 18-29 age range. Every aspect of their behavior, from their TV viewing habits and shopping preferences to home and workplace behavior, is constantly being scrutinized.
With many applicants and new hires coming from this segment, companies are eager to know what makes millennials tick, what motivates them, and perhaps most important of all, what would make them stay with the company. To do this, we need to separate the facts from the myths, the conclusions from the assumptions, and confirm or debunk them as needed.

This is exactly what Prague-based fintech company Home Credit—itself an employer to more than 4,800 millennials, or 82% of the Home Credit PH workforce—did, as it recently surveyed close to 600 applicants about their career and workplace preferences (you can check out the survey here).
With close to 80% of the respondents falling under the 18-29 range, it gave plenty of interesting insights about millennials, while shedding some light on the other/older respondents, too—allowing us to determine whether the following are simply myths, or solid facts:




Myth or fact: work location is everything   











It is almost universally agreed by all Filipino workers, young and old, that traffic is no fun—and no good. But some say that millennials don’t mind a few hours of commute daily if it means working at a fast-paced business district, where all the action is (and where the top companies are).
According to the Home Credit survey results, millennials are virtually split between preferring to work close to home (48%), or work in a top business district (52%). A similar split is seen in the 30-something segment, with 49% wanting their office to be near home.
 Myth or fact: it’s all about the money

It’s no surprise that salary is a top consideration for employees, especially young ones, while older workers—many of which might have families to support—also want good benefits for their loved ones. In fact, 67% of Home Credit’s 30 years old and above respondents chose having good benefits for their families over simply having a high basic salary.
But what might be surprising is that an even higher percentage of millennials—73%-- chose good benefits for loved ones over high basic pay, possibly an indicator of Filipinos’ strong family-oriented culture, even among modern millennials.

Myth or fact: work is life

There are those who say that millennials are hooked on long work hours, especially those in creative-driven industries, while some say that young professionals are actually averse to overtime work, and want to have some “me” time after 6.
But it seems that workaholics comprise a very small minority, as an overwhelming 76% of surveyed millennials put a premium on work-life balance, almost equal to the 77% preference rate of the 30-and-above group.

Myth or fact: size (and name) matters

Another seemingly obvious ‘fact’ is that employees care about the name or image of the company they work for. A big-name company is good, while a small, obscure company is not-so-good. Right?
Not quite—while 54% of young respondents did say that they’d rather word for a big company than a start-up, 46% said that they prefer helping a start-up grow. The discrepancy is even smaller for thirtysomethings, with 48% preferring to work at a big company and 52% wanting to offer their services to a start-up.

Myth or fact: millennials = job hopping + quick promotion


The last (and perhaps one of the most popular) myth/fact: millennials are prone to moving from one job or company to another. And while this is not uncommon, 86% of Home Credit’s millennial respondents said that they prefer to grow their careers in the same company—with the 30-and-above group having the exact same rate.
Moreover, 84% of millennials said that they prefer to become specialists or experts in their field before moving up the ladder, while only 16% indicated that they prefer quick promotions.

So what do you think, millennials? Do you agree with the results? Share your thoughts in the comments section! 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A scent for every dad



 What’s your dad like? Is he outdoorsy, sporty, homey or the corporate type? No matter what type yours may be, you surely want to thank him for being the protector, provider, and strength of the family. 

This Father’s Day, Blackwater II, a cologne line under Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc., helps us show our love and gratitude to the important men in our lives by surprising them with different scents that cater to their different needs. 

Oak best fits romantic dads who prefer masculine floral scents. Breeze is a citrus-based scent perfect for dads who are always on-the-go and like to keep smelling fresh and clean the whole day. With its light woody aroma, Woods is the ideal choice for dads who prefer fuss-free manly scents. And lastly, for dads who prefer calm and relaxing aquatic scents, Ocean is the best choice. With the Blackwater II collection, your father, dad, or papa is guaranteed to smell good and feel fresh on Father’s Day! 

To know more about Blackwater and their full range of products, visit http://blackwater.com.ph/ and follow www.facebook.com/BlackwaterForMen/?fref=ts.


The secret of the top Korean celebrities and US Hollywood Celebrities for having a Youthful Skin , and Flavor enhancement



Last Wednesday June 14, 2017 Mr. Youn Soo Kim, President and Inventor of MISSO SO2 seed extractor visit the Philippines with Breville Phils. while boasting that having the seed oils that can now be extracted at home, that can be directly applied in the skin, drinking 2 table spoon per day , and  can be directly used as spice for foods and as condiments for every kind of viands we may served.

YS Kim had a vision back in 1999, he noticed that most oils in the supermarket are chemically processed. “I came up with the idea of extracting your own oil at home.” Hence, he developed the 100% natural oil extractor which extracts the oil from tiny seeds of chia, flax, evening primrose and other superseeds available in the market. It took him 18 years to develop the s2o wonder extractor and finally last December, it was launched in Korea. 

During the modern-day era, beauties there were royalties like princess and queens. Nefertiti and Cleopatra, the ancient epitomes of beauty, have served as inspirations to women of all generations. While Nefertiti was adored for her religious revolution, Cleopatra used her charm and intellect to turn beauty into power. Their significant contributions to history kept their names retroactive until today but their timeless beauty included a secret.  They have reportedly used black seed oil to keep their skins glowing and their hairs shiny.


MISSO®, according to its president and inventor, Youn Soo Kim, means “beautiful and it makes you younger.” The Korean inventor had travelled all the way from South Korea to the Philippines to bring his invention and make it a good household appliance for every family to provide the natural oil extracted right inside your home. “When you use MISSO®, our products, you will become more beautiful and younger.”

Enter the technological era, producers of beauty products have gone head-to-head in a battle of the supreme. Among the best is South Korea, highly known for its competence when it comes to beauty and cosmetics. This is no surprise, as a lot of Koreans are notable personalities in the showbusiness and music industry. They are also very fond of using natural alternatives like the seed oil for skin care routine, despite South Korea being one of the leading distributors of chemical-based beauty products. Prominent Hollywood celebrities like Megan Fox, Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Emma Stone are some of the modern epitomes of beauty who are also known users of seed oil extracts.

The use of natural alternatives had become important and relevant today, especially to those who are very conscious of their health, as it opposes the negative effects of chemical-based products. 

Research has found that seed oils are more than just natural alternatives to beauty products. White sesame seeds, for example, are proven to be helpful in reducing wrinkles, whitening underarms, and relieving eczema and psoriasis. Aside from that, it also has the potential to lower blood cholesterol, cure sleeping disorders, and aid digestion. Flaxseeds can reduce cellulites and tighten the skin while also being able to help in menopausal symptoms and menstrual cramps. Black sesame seeds give a youthful glow and has the power to prevent cancer and relieve arthritis. Chia seeds are ideal natural moisturizers which helps oily skin and clogged pores. It is also high in omega-3, which can help improve brain function.







Seed oil extracts may also be used as a cooking element. and during the event with  Chef Chad Datu and Chef Louise Mabulo also did some  foods that we normally like to eat  with essential oils that they extracted from the new Misso s2oIt may be used as alternatives to the usual cooking oils, as extenders in baking, or as flavors in condiments and sauces. This makes the seed oil versatile and very useful an essential that strikes beauty, wellness, and flavor.

Pls click this link below for Youtube video presentation of the product,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XM4UsmMH_A

Commercially produced seed oil extracts are far from affordable. This fact makes personal seed oil extractors a home essential. Some brands from countries around the globe have produced their own extractors the new MISSO® s2o Seed-to-Oil Wonder Extractor, a Korean electronic brand, promises an efficient oil extractor which can extract up to 50% of oil from any small seed. The brand also introduces the concept of “superseeds,” where consumers may experiment with their own mix of seeds to produce various mixtures of seed oil extracts not available in any market today. As the winner of the Korean Superb Brand Award for 2017, MISSO® s2o Seed-to-Oil Wonder Extractor guarantees an oil extractor that’s safe, durable, and easy to use.

The MISSO® s2o Seed-to-Oil Wonder Extractor will be launched and available for orders starting end of June this year. Visit or you may check MISSO® s2o Seed-to-Oil Wonder Extractor in selected appliance and specialty stores nationwide.

MISSO® s2o Seed-to-Oil Wonder Extractor is exclusively distributed by IAJ Wellness Corporation.  IAJ Wellness Corporation is also the distributor of premium brands like Australian appliance brand- Breville, Goodsphere, the air-revitalizer and a proud member of the WOW Group. To know more about Misso s2O, visit www.misso.com.ph or find us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @MissoPH.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Slam Dunk Father’s Day Treat at Marriott Manila


 

It’s game time on Father’s Day! Dads are sure to be hooked on the NBA finals, and so to get him off the bench is an MVP treatment at Marriott Hotel Manila. 


The 5-star hotel tips-off the special day with a basketball-themed celebration. Their Marriott Café puts on the line a reasonably priced hefty buffet with surprise treats: Pre-Father’s Day dinner buffet on June 17 at Php 2,650, Father’s Day Sunday Brunch on June 18 at Php 2,800 and Dinner Buffet at Php 2,650.

Marriott Café makes a home-court advantage with a hoop arcade for everyone to play on. Throw your best shot to score your dad some sporty gift items. But right before that, indulge on a lavish feast made for a king. 




On top of their famed global cuisines, expect comfort foods like “Double Dribble” – a cart of delish hotdogs and cheesy nachos. Servers will also pass round “Slam Burgers” that are made of homemade patties layered in cheddar cheese and mayonnaise. Make a crossover at their fine dining restaurant, Cru Steakhouse for martinis and foie gras.

 Sweet confections are also for steal at the Marriott Café bakery. Cupcakes, cookies, cakes and more are in basketball designs that would be too hard to resist. After a sumptuous celebration, call for a timeout and tag your dad along at the Greatroom for winning cocktail shots by the bar.

And since every man would agree that “ball is life”, Marriott’s exciting celebration idea is a sure hit to surprise your dad. It is crunch time to Father’s Day, so double time and hit dial to reserve seats.

 About Marriott Cafe 

Marriott Cafe is located at Marriott Hotel Manila’s G/F and is open from at 11:00am to 2:30pm for Sunday Brunch and 6:00pm to 10:30pm for Dinner Buffet. For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Home Credit named “Employer of the Year” in PH, APAC



Research group Aon Hewitt cites employee engagement as key driver for HCPH

Home Credit, a Prague-based company that offers in-store financing of gadgets, appliances and other goods, has been recognized by Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), as a 2016 Aon Best Employer in the Philippines and in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Aon Best Employers program measures and recognizes employer excellence worldwide, comparing organizations to identify those that strive to create a competitive advantage through their people and become employers of choice.
Under the program, Home Credit Philippines (HCPH) was assessed on several measures, including employee engagement, leadership index, performance culture index, and employer brand index. HCPH scored high marks across all categories based on employee surveys, along with other Home Credit offices throughout APAC.
“When we did our rebrand earlier this year, we said that we are transitioning from a product-focused company into a people-focused company. And by people, we don’t just mean our customers; just as important, we put even greater focus on our own people, underscoring the important role that employee engagement plays in achieving our goals,” remarked Annica Witschard, CEO of HCPH.
“This award illustrates Home Credit’s strong commitment to growing together with its workforce, and we are thankful to Aon for this recognition,” she added.

“The Aon Best Employers program recognizes the outstanding achievements of organizations that demonstrate excellence in the workplace and consistently deliver strong, sustainable business results,” said Neil Crawford, partner, the Aon Best Employers Program leader, Aon Hewitt. “These exceptional organizations stand above the rest because they empower results through high employee engagement, a compelling employer brand, effective leadership and a high performance culture. We congratulate Home Credit Philippines on being recognized with this distinct honor.”

Thursday, June 1, 2017

TAKEDA PHILIPPINES RECOGNISED AS AN INVESTOR IN PEOPLE


Philippines, 24 May 2017 – Takeda Healthcare Philippines Inc (THPI), has been awarded the Investors in People silver accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to high performance through effective people management.
Investors in People is an international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. The Investors in People framework process reflects and takes into consideration workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People allows organizations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.
Gabriel Georgy, President & General Manager of Takeda Healthcare Philippines said, “We can say we have successfully laid the foundations to become a Best Employer in the Philippines. Our aim is to continue to strive for excellence in the work place while we help our people reach their full potential and achieve success in their careers.”
Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People said, “Investors in People Philippines, and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Takeda Philippines. Our accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming work place and a clear commitment to success.”
Takeda Healthcare Philippines currently employs around 250 people, and has been operating since 2015. Takeda Healthcare Philippines also recently received certification from the Top Employer Institute.

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on oncology, gastroenterology and central nervous system therapeutic areas plus vaccines. Takeda conducts R&D both internally and with partners to stay at the leading edge of innovation. New innovative products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in Emerging Markets, fuel the growth of Takeda. More than 30,000 Takeda employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients, working with our partners in health care in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com/newsroom.

About Investors in People
Since 1991 Investors in People has set the standard for better people management. Our internationally recognised accreditation is held by 14,000 organisations across the world. The Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results.
Based on 25 years of leading practice, the Investors in People Standard is underpinned by a rigorous assessment methodology and a framework which reflects the very latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Strengthening Japanese business ties





Top local audit and tax advisory services firm KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. (KPMG RGM&Co.), a member of KPMG International, recently hosted a cocktail celebration for its Japanese clients and the Japan business community here in the Philippines. The special guests were Sec. Ramon M. Lopez of the Department of Trade and Industry and Tsutomu Takahashi, chairman of KPMG Japan.

Leading the local team was KPMG RGM&Co. chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Roberto G. Manabat, who welcomed both Sec. Lopez and Takahashi, noting that the event aimed to highlight – and further bolster – the close economic ties between the Philippines and Japan.

KPMG RGM&Co. vice chairman, chief operating officer, and head of the Japan desk Emmanuel P. Bonoan then introduced Sec. Lopez, who extolled the strong trade relations between Japan and the Philippines. “Japan is our largest trade partner,” Sec. Lopez emphasized. “The Philippines has a trade surplus with Japan, which is also the largest Official Development Assistance donor to our country. “

For his part, Takahashi, who was generously introduced by KPMG RGM&Co. chairman and CEO-designate Sharon G. Dayoan, expressed his utmost appreciation for the warm welcome and the attendance of those present.

“The mission of KPMG is towards the growth and prosperity of Japanese companies, and to support cooperation and improve communication between KPMG Japan and other member firms,” he remarked.

KPMG RGM&Co., which marks its 10th year of providing professional audit, tax, and advisory services in the country, has lined-up a slate of activities and events leading up to its grand celebration in the second quarter of 2017.


Out-of-home advertising effective tool for Metro consumers



Out-of-home advertising appears to be an effective touchpoint for middle class consumers in Metro Manila, with the country’s busiest highway, EDSA, garnering 43.9 percent market share of the multi-billion industry.

This was revealed in the latest study conducted by Strategic Consumer and Media Incites (SMCI), a consumer and market research company, which covered respondents from 13 to 60 years old in all social classes A-E and those living around Metro Manila.

The study titled: Out of Home Landscape and Advertising conducted by the SCMI showed that most billboard ads are products and services essential to lifestyle and not basic needs.

South and North Luzon Expressways came in next with 21.2 per cent and 19.8 per cent shares, respectively. The rest of the secondary roads such as Ortigas, Commonwealth, Roxas Blvd., Quezon Ave., Espana, Quezon Blvd., Commonwealth, NAIA, and Marcos Highway shared 15 percent of the market share.
Top ten billboard ads in Metro Manila include fashion products, real estate and banking. These were followed by cars, medicines, restaurants, clinics and hospitals as well as home furnishings.

“The mix of product categories in Billboard advertising appears to be those that are essential to lifestyle and not about basic needs as evident in the proportion of lifestyle categories cornering the major shares in ad spending on this medium,” said Eric Barrera, Client Service Director.

Most popular brands that advertise in various media platforms also dominate Out of Home or billboard ads, according to the study.


SCMI study shows lifestyle products and services dominate products advertised on billboards with spending up to  P285.20 Million in the first three months of 2017. These products are fashion boutiques, real estate, beverages, banks and financial services, fastfoods, media companies , passenger cars/AUVs, over the counter medicines/supplies, canned food processed meats, restaurants. The lowest spending for these products is at P53 Million.

The top ten billboard advertisers according to the study include Suyen Corp., Jollibee, San Miguel Corp., Tiara Commercial,  Robinsons,  Pepsi Cola,  SM Devt Corp, Golden ABC, Vida Nutriscience and  Iflix with spending between P22 Million to P115 Million from January to March 2017.

Top products on billboard ads include brands such as  Bench, SMC, Jollibee, Rob, Penshoppe, Iflix, SMDC, Chowking, Gibi and  Mcdonald’s with a total spending of P19 Million to P106 Million in the first three months of 2017.

The survey that covers those who travel around Metro Manila except drivers of public transport also showed that “the advertising clutter is more glaring at the level of brand names.”

“The list of top brand players is longer than what are usually observed in core media. Each top brand could achieve only a single digit in the share of advertising spend,” Barrera said.

The study also reveals frequency of travels and specific time where people from all walks of life could see billboard ads.
·                      Working population are mostly out on travel from 5pm onwards.
·                      Out of Home travels peak between  6-9am and 5-7pm
·                      Class ABCs are likely to be out during morning rush hour 7-9amand less likely to be out at noontime
·                      Females travel  mostly on late mornings while males are likely to be out of home during evening rush hour at 5-6pm
·                      Teens are the most likely to be out of home before 7am and 12nn-3pm and least likely to be traveling from 7-11am
·                      Non working population are more likely to be out earlier in the day and close to noon

According to the survey, some of the positive attributes of billboard ads that make it attractive to the target markets are:  visually pleasing, colorful, eye catching and clear. However, its downside mostly concerns security such as fears it’s too big and might collapse, blocks views as well as distracting particularly those that carry sexy visuals of celebrities.

The study shows that already popular brands maintain strong presence in billboard ads. These include clothing line Bench and food and beverage giants Jollibee and Coke.

Telecommunications firm Smart and Globe and fastfood multinational McDonalds follow in terms of managing presence in billboard ads. Bearbrand (milk), Chowking (fastfood), Marlboro (cigarettes) and Samsung (electronics) are also on top ten list of popular billboard ads.

Barrera pointed out thought that while Out of Home is increasingly becoming a popular platform, television still dominates the media platforms for advertising followed by Mobile and Out of Home advertising.  Internet and radio platforms maintained popularity.  

SCMI believes there will be an increase in demand to measure audience exposure of Out of Home ads due to its steady rise in popularity. The study on audience exposure will be useful for advertisers and their agencies to plan their communication strategies. ##


Global culinary experts to join WSFC17 in Manila




Also included in the list of speakers are Mai Pham, author of several award-winning cookbooks including The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table and Flavours of Asia and, Malcolm Lee who is the head chef and owner of the first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut, to name a few.

Curated by K.F. Seetoh and organized by Makansutra and presented by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), this year’s WSFC17 is bigger and better with over 50 kinds of street food representing 13 different countries in over 30 stalls plus pop-up booths.

Aside from World Street Food Dialogue, the event will also host the World Street Food Jamboree, where you can sample different local and international street food and at the same time mingle with celebrity chefs at the cooking demo; and the World Street Food Awards, where the best of industry professionals will be awarded.


WSFC is one of the world’s biggest food destinations and with an even bigger and better event this year, it will sure to attract more global attention. This paves the way for the Philippines to be recognized as one of the world’s most go-to food destinations. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Get a full serving of trending topics on Solar Scoop!

Solar Entertainment Corporation strengthens its online presence with the launch of the new online show SOLAR SCOOP, which can be viewed first via http://www.solarentertainmentcorp.com/ starting on Monday, May 29, 2017.

Hosted by commercial model-boxing instructor Vince Velasco and dancer-actress Kelley Day, SOLAR SCOOP is the first locally-produced 5-minute online show of Solar featuring exciting and trending topics on entertainment, sports, and lifestyle. Channel and program updates, corporate and sponsored events, and other campaigns of the Solar channels will also be featured on the online show

“The launch of Solar Scoop signifies the beginning of the traction we are building in the digital industry. We will continue to widen our reach with the emerging audiences, especially online, and there are more exciting news ahead,” says Solar Entertainment President and CEO Wilson Tieng.

Don’t miss the 10-minute pilot episode of SOLAR SCOOP featuring the latest on the NBA Finals and an exclusive interview with an NBA star, plus handy life hacks courtesy of ETC Fix. Catch it also on YouTube via http://bit.ly/YouTubeSolar and on Facebook via @etctv, @2ndAvenue, @solar.jacktv, @solarsports, and @BasketballTV.

A mix of bite-size segments courtesy of the on-air channel counterparts in its succeeding episodes are definitely to watch for! Be in the know and join the conversation at #SolarScoop.