Question: Is it okay to tell a possible employer that the reason you left a company was because of a low salary?

Question: Is it okay to tell a possible employer that the reason you left a company was because of mababang sahod? My Answer: I THINK YOU SHOULD EXPLAIN MORE Saying the reason you left is mababang sahod will welcome many followup questions from the recruiter like: “If mababa ang sahod, bakit mo tinanggap ang trabaho?” […]

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Why Corporate is Sometimes Better than Entrepreneurship

When people asked me if it’s better to quit their jobs and go into business, here’s my answer: WHY CORPORATE IS SOMETIMES BETTER THAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP People always assume that if you start a business and work hard, you WILL be successful and won’t lose your capital. That it’s better than working in a 9-to-5 job […]

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HR TALK: Top 10 Questions Answered on SSS Loan Restructuring Program 2021

FINALLY! The SSS has released Circular No. 2021-014: Pandemic Relief and Restructuring Program 5 – Short-Term Member Loan Penalty Condonation Program just last October 29 with much abated breath. SSS_CI_2021-014 (1). Over the last few months, employees has been waiting for some sort of loan condonation/ restructuring/ forgiveness from the SSS in vain, especially when […]

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Why Does Your Boss Ask You to Admit Your Mistake

I had an engraver who mistakenly added another “0” when engraving on an item. As a result, the product wrote 20021 instead of 2021. Obviously, we have to junk the item. It was engraved on a gold-plated metal so such mistake is not erasable. “What happened?” I asked. In Tagalog, “Anong nangyari?” The staff said […]

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HR Talk: What to Do if Someone Steals from You?

During times of financial hardships, many employer would find themselves victims of theft from the very people they trust. In May 2021, one of my sales staff was caught stealing Php 56,000 worth of cash and jewelry via reporting fake GCash transactions which turned out to be real cash transactions, with her pocketing the money. […]

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Top 12 DOLE Labor Advisories on on COVID-19

HR Practitioners should be very conversant to the many DOLE Labor Advisories issued related to COVID-19. Regardless, it’s still a shock to me that many do not seem to read the DOLE Labor Advisories that are published for free in their website. Not only are such information widely available, but they are also timely updated, […]

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HR Talk: Top 11 Questions About the Certificate of Employment (COE)

Certificate of Employment (COE) — A simple document that has created so much ruckus in the HR community these days. Why oh why oh why? Technically, the COE is a very simple document.  See DOLE Labor Advisory No. 6, Series of 2020 for the particulars: Verbatim to the advisory, a Certificate of Employment (COE) is a […]

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HR Talk: Top 17 Questions About Resignations Answered

It must be the rainy season but I’ve noticed a surprisingly uptick of people resigning from their jobs despite the pandemic. Chances are, people most likely resign because they’ve already received their 13th month pay and annual bonuses. Sometimes, it’s just to try something new. Even I had some loyal employees resign despite my best […]

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HR Talk: Did You Know SSS Provides Funeral Benefits (It’s Php 20,000 to 40,000!)?

Did you know that SSS provides Funeral Benefits to its Members? One of the not-so-much-talked-about benefits is the Funeral Benefits provided by our Social Security System (SSS). From August 2015, deceased members can receive a Php 20,000 to Php 40,000 funeral benefit from the SSS, depending on how their Average Monthly Salary Credit (AMSC), which […]

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Opinion Only: Do I Think Filipino Employees in General are Underpaid?

I used to think Filipino employees were way way way underpaid. But when I worked here vs. overseas, I realized why the relatively lower salaries: 1. ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE (AWOL) IS A CONSTANT PROBLEM Hindi papasok kasi walang magaalaga ng anak. Gusto mag give up agad. Magprovince daw bukas, etc. Overseas, NOBODY knows what AWOL […]

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