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Friday, December 16, 2016

Navigating the Filipino Work Culture


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Work culture is an idea in the cloud. It cannot be seen by the naked eye but it is a dominant factor whether an applicant decides to work for your company.

Nowadays, work is not just about work anymore. It has extended itself to an all-around experience for the many.

Officemates build more genuine relationships, care more about each other’s personal lives, and actually hang out beyond the confines of their cubicles and white-painted office walls.

At the same time, one must also adjust to a company’s work culture in order to quickly fit in and work well with colleagues especially when dealing with things that are either professional or personal.

A company’s work culture can either motivate or distract you. The work culture matters because an employee’s talent or skill will only grow and be nurtured in a place that aims for the positive improvement of everyone.

Furthermore, a happy employee means better performance and output, which would then translate to a more productive company that meets its goals and standards. It is a foundation to your company’s success and the business longevity you are aiming for. Who would’ve thought that an intangible factor would dictate so much in the business industry?


In the Philippines, work culture is one thing that makes the country unique and popular in the professional world. Its nationalistic culture with strong set of values and beliefs reflects in the workspace, too. For example, conversations are always more than what’s about the business. Filipinos like to know their business partners on a more deeper level. Talking about what’s trending and even family topics is a part of the usual conversation with Filipino business partners. It is not because they want to overstep and meddle with your personal lives but because Filipinos want to talk about the things that matter to them, too.






As for language, you don’t have to worry because English is one of the major languages spoken in the land. It is embedded in their native tongue as it is taught as early as primary school. You’ll surely have no worry when discussing because business jargons can be easily understood. It allows business transactions smoother and a step further because language barrier could already be taken out of the way.

And lastly, the Filipino work culture banners generosity. Business partners would not leave the meeting room without taking a native delicacy or product that shouts the Philippine brand. An office material made of bamboo or a bag of dried mangoes are the popular souvenirs for foreign business partners.

In this infographic provided by Manila Recruitment, you can find an all-in-one guide about the values and beliefs that support the Filipino work culture. Know more of what you can get from the Filipino work culture aside from great work ethic and positive business disposition. So on the next time you decide to be partners with Philippine businesses and companies, you’re already a step ahead in building that strong and long lasting business relationship - the Filipino-style.


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