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How To Setup Work From Home For Philippine Companies In line with the recent growing infections from the Covid virus, the Philippine local government has advised companies to see if they can offer some of their employees to work from home. Now, I am definitely aware that this setup isn’t for every company or every industry. But allow me to share some tips based on my experience. If your company can afford to send some employees to work remotely, here are a few ways and guidelines to do it: Identify core and skeletal employees and departments: Of course, there will be people with roles who NEED to be in the office. The first line of business is to gather your senior executives and department heads and then, together with your HR manager, figure out a list of who needs to be in the office and who can work remotely. If possible, you can also set up some sort of “shifting schedule” for this. Identify core tasks that can be done remotely: Obviously, simple tasks such as e-mails or attaching reports can be done from home. The problem lies if you have a proprietary app or tool that cannot be accessed remotely due to security or protocol reasons. If that is the case, see if you can discuss this with your IT managers or engineers and look for a way if possible. For other tasks, do an inventory of how to do this remotely using the Internet and some free (or paid tools) such as Google Suite, Dropbox, Intranets or file sharing tools or apps. Determine Shifts and Attendance Protocols: There are some simple, free tools to setup attendance and timesheets. We use WhenIwork.com for this. Even the free one is good enough. There are also manual ways such as spreadsheets or even other alternatives that your HR team can suggest. Other options are also available. Just Google them to see which ones can be used by your organization. Determine your communication protocols: What’s good in this day and age is that there are a LOT of tools and communications platforms out there. You can use chat programs such as Messenger, Viber, Whatsapp or for video conferencing, Zoom and Skype can be your go to options. Project Management programs such as Slack, Usana or Trello are also stellar choices. Don’t forget the ubiquitous Google Suites, it will get the job done for 80% to 90% of your tasks. Tell your managers and supervisors to check up on their teams: In this age of fear (and fake news) it will be beholden to your leaders to lead by example. They will be...

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Corona Virus Will Make Drastic Changes to Everything As of today, there are 20 confirmed cases in where I live, the Philippines. But even if our company’s business model is “work from home”, there are still precautionary measures to take which I advised our team. With the Department of Health’s admission of the lack testing kits in the country, it is quite logical to assume that we are under-reporting the confirmed cases of those infected. Which, for some, is cause enough to panic. This is in stark contrast to how developed countries such as South Korea used their tech resources and political will to “throw everything they’ve got” at the virus. Without worrying about costs, the South Korean government has used their internet, apps, SMS, and even CCTV tracing and algorithms to conduct their thorough tracing procedures. Yes, this produced a lot of positives in their country, but this is good since they tested a gazillion citizens and have far more accurate data than any other country. It’s also the reason why their death rates are so low. Meanwhile, man’s adjustment to his way of life is tested to the limit. Events have been cancelled, whole cities are in lockdown and there may even be a possibility that this year’s Olympics in Tokyo may be cancelled. Handshakes are slowly becoming a thing of the past but some alternatives, such as elbow bumps or feet bumps, are in place. Also, it is quite apparent that panic and fake news are far more deadly than this virus. Lies are everywhere and one can laugh at stupidity but sadly, it’s a far worse epidemic than Corona. Yes, this is a global concern. There is reason to be alarmed, of course. But there is also a call to be level-headed and not panic. Purchasing all the toilet paper at the store will not save you from infection. Human behaviour is baffling sometimes. We, as a species, will get over this. There is still hope. There are also a lot of reasons not to panic. We are, at this age, more equipped to prepare and deal with a Pandemic than we were 5 or 10 years ago. Governments, corporations and organizations must learn to throw away their differences and work together to come up with solutions. The virus will definitely not discriminate on your gender, race, beliefs or even wealth-status. Repeat after me – no one is immune (yet). Until we make a vaccine, things will have to change and we should all be adjusting. There will be changes on how we conduct business, how we travel, how we buy our food and supplies, how...

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Notice to the Public


Posted By on Feb 23, 2020 in Blog

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Be it known to all that our corporation, Big Ideas Social Media Inc., is no longer leasing the Makati location from Cavalli Business Center as of December 31, 2019. Our new business address and office shall be: 19-I, S. Guzman Street San Juan City, Metro Manila Philippines 1500. We are also no longer connected or in contract with Cavalli Business Center. Thank...

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Expanding into the Outsourcing Business in the Philippines Last year, I was lucky enough to sell the rights to my online e-commerce business abubot.ph. Abubot took about 5 years of my time and I did not regret any minute of it. For one, it taught me valuable lessons in business, in e-commerce and added a LOT of skills to my digital marketing repertoire. Around 2 years ago, I dabbled into Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) when opportunity presented itself. Like e-commerce, I started with zero knowledge but, thanks to Google, the Internet, Youtube and close friends and colleagues in the BPO and Customer Service industry, I was able to slowly learn and acquire new skills to push this aspect of Big Ideas into the mainstream. It’s not huge at the moment but we’re taking baby steps and (hopefully) putting things in the right direction and perspective. Right now, our group has 3 clients from California, USA in various industries and the team is working to fulfill various vacancies for our clients. There have been tough calls and a lot of lessons learned from experience. Here are some notes and tips that, from experience, I can share: Don’t expect to have agents or freelancers for the long term: Freelancing does have its perks and disadvantages at the same time. But “greener pastures” will often attract your talents. The key to retention is trying to find the right person and incentivicing them enough so they remain loyal. Money and compensation are just part of it, making them realize that they have real value is the challenge. Your biggest assets are your team, not your clients. If you take care of your guys, they will take care of your clients. Have rock-solid contracts and contingencies: Freelancing is a different beast than “regular employment”. I had to consult lawyers and friends from the HR industry to make sure that our contracts, clauses and stipulations are all strong and solid. The rough parts would be the “benefits” accrued to employees are often not given to freelancers. Though some clients will be more generous than others, look for the middle “sweet spots”, so to speak. Break the monotony of “Work From Home”: The myth is that ‘work from home’ is manna from heaven is false. The lack of face-to-face and socialization can take a toll not only on the business leaders but also on the team itself. Make sure you meet IRL at least once every month or so. Trust me, it will work wonders for the team! Take advantage of technology and tools: There are a lot of tools and apps that will make your...

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Big Ideas Christmas Party 2019


Posted By on Dec 24, 2019 in Blog

With our ever-growing team, we had our first, annual Christmas party with the BPO guys last December 15, 2019. Present during this party were Isah Costelo, team leader; Marichu Bartolo, accountant for Drip Club, and BPO teams Lala Militar, Erika Duldulao and Prosper Del Mundo. We had potluck, exchange gifts and basically just spent the entire day with face-to-face chats and catching up, something that we don’t normally do since everyone is working from home. Here are some photos from the party: To everyone who came, thanks so much! Am sure we’re going to have an even bigger team as we grow our business to serve more clients in 2020 and beyond. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all,   Mon M...

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Hey folks! Our good friends from Kuyi Mobile has just launched their newest game, Barber Hero. Following the successful footsteps of Streetfood Tycoon, Barber Hero continues the theme of the genre. In the game, you try to build & manage your own barber shop. You will then be able to service a lot of cool characters who will come to your shop for haircuts, hairstyle changes, shampoos and such. Barber Hero is an awesome little game that offers a lot of replay value and tons of cute, fast fun! Barber Hero is now available for iOS or Android and you can download and play it for FREE! Get it now HERE.  ...

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