Category Archives: April 2016

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Disconnecting to Recharge

Disconnecting to Recharge

No one can deny that it’s healthy to disconnect and recharge for work occasionally. According to the research of YoungAh Park from Kansas State University, people who do unplug from their job during off hours experience lower levels of fatigue and job burnout. Disconnecting to recharge can also help you increase productivity and solve problems more effectively.

Below are a few ways you can disconnect to recharge for work. If we’ve missed your favorite tip, don’t forget to let us know in the comments below!

Get away from screens

The world is more connected today than ever before, largely thanks to the Internet and the connectivity between all of our devices. You can check your email on your phone, complete something for work from your home desktop, and more. One of the most effective ways to disconnect is to get away from screens completely. Designate a day of the week to stay away from screens, or make it a point not to check your email after work hours.

Set boundaries

Designating clear boundaries between work and life is getting more and more difficult, but also more important. If you work from home, confine your working hours to a certain portion of the day, and let your friends and family know you’ll be unavailable during that time. Likewise, don’t answer client emails at 1 a.m. or you’ll be sending the message that it’s okay to email you and expect a response outside of work hours.

Wake up early

Waking up early (or sleeping late) is a great way to get a few hours to yourself every day. There’s a special silence in the morning hours, before anyone else is awake and the emails start pouring in. Take a few minutes every morning to do some form of exercise, like yoga, or sit and enjoy a coffee in silence to prepare for the day.

Discover nature

There are plenty of reasons to get outside, from improved eye health to improved sleep. One of the best reasons for getting out and going on a hike, or even just a walk in your local park, is that it helps you relax and just focus on being outside. Explore somewhere new, or take a weekend away. Either way, being out in nature will help you disconnect to recharge, and leave you ready for a new day of work.


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Public Seminar: Leadership Skills for Supervisors

Public Seminar: Leadership Skills for Supervisors

Join us on May 19, 2016 for a workshop on Leadership Skills for Supervisors and learn how to meet the needs of employees and co-workers through communication and coaching. Supervisors represent an important force in the economy. You have the power to turn on or turn off the productivity of the people who report to you. You are the crucial interface between the employee on the shop floor or the service desk and the managers of the organization. Although you usually have more technical experience than the employees you supervise, you may not have had a lot of leadership experience. This one-day course will give you the skills in communication, coaching, and conflict that you need to be successful.

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Course participants will learn ways to prioritize, plan, and manage their time. They will identify their primary leadership style and develop some flexibility in using other leadership styles. The workshop will also go over how to make conflict a powerful force for creative, well-rounded solutions to problems.

Course Outline

  • Pre-assignment review
  • What’s your type? How about mine?
  • Understanding leadership
  • Managing your time and your energy
  • The commitment curve
  • Employee development models
  • Dealing with conflict and difficult issues
  • What successful leaders do

An investment of P4,500 plus VAT includes all course materials, instruction by an expert facilitator, a personalized certificate of completion, and snacks and lunch.

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About the Facilitator

Maria Vida G. Caparas, Ph.D.,RP holds a Master’s Degree and Ph.D., Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology. She is an Accredited Trainer of the Philippine Government with invaluable experiences in Organizational Development as a Human Resource, Training and OD practitioner. She authored three books on Psychology/HR Management namely “Psychological Assessment: Theory and Practice”, “Uses of Psychological Tests”, and “Human Resource Management” and was a Trainer Delegate of DFA-Foreign Service Institute in Italy and Singapore in 1999-2000. Dr. Caparas is a recipient of various national awards and also a professor in prestigious universities.


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3 Tips for Company Growth

3 Tips for Company Growth

Most businesses have the end goal of sustainable growth, continually generating more (and better) clients and revenue. After working with multiple companies and seeing their successes, we’ve compiled 3 tips for company growth that you can implement at your business.

Tips for Company Growth

1. Evaluate your existing clients

Look at the clients that are taking up too much of your team’s time for minimal reward. Focus on the 20% of your clients who provide 80% of your revenue, drop the rest, and fill the space with more great clients. This is how a company grows sustainably.

2. Establish internal marketing and improve your rewards/incentives policies

Getting a great company culture going is vital for growing, because your team is the backbone of everything you do. Stop covering for under-performers and reward top-performers. Introduce non-monetary benefits, such as a parking spot or work-from-home days. You may even consider getting notable employees free movie tickets, a trip to the spa, etc.

Send out an internal newsletter that has information your team wants to see. Calendar, announcements, congratulations, recognition, etc. Announcing those employee perks is also a good incentive for people to read it, since they can check if they got anything that month. This newsletter should be well-designed and the info should be easily accessible. Ditch the big fancy words, get the message across with no frills. You can even infuse some humor, if that’s the company culture you’re going for.

3. Become a resource

Becoming a thought leader in your industry will take multiple whitepapers, extensive research-based blog posts, and possibly even establishing an industry event. However, establishing yourself as a useful resource will go a long way toward growth. Even if you don’t make a sale from sharing information, informing people and being helpful will keep your company top-of-mind, so when they finally do want to hire someone they’ll go to your product or service.

What other tips for company growth do you have? Share them with us in the comments below.


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Public Seminar: Training Needs Analysis

Public Seminar: Training Needs Analysis

Join us from April 28 to 29, 2016 for a public seminar and workshop on Training Needs Analysis. This Workshop addresses what the organization needs pertinent to human resource development, as aligned with its strategic goals. It exposes the participants to the whole gamut of the training needs analysis process. They will likewise be oriented with the different TNA tools used to realize a successful competency enhancement venture.

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This workshop will equip attendees with useful TNA tools and is ideal for anyone who is in charge of human resource development tasks, training head, training officers specialists, HR practitioners, Managers, researchers, Academicians and others. Participants will learn to plan, design and implement a training needs analysis process. They will also acquire skills on how to determine the real needs of employees pertinent to training, identify performance gaps and ensure better HR planning.

An investment of P8,500 plus VAT includes all course materials, a personalized certificate of completion, instruction by an expert facilitator, and snacks and lunch.

About the Facilitator

Dr. Maria Vida G. Caparas holds a Master’s Degree and Ph.D., Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology. She is an Accredited Trainer of the Philippine Government with invaluable experiences in Organizational Development as a Human Resource, Training and OD practitioner. She authored three books on Psychology/HR Management and was a Trainer Delegate of DFA-Foreign Service Institute in Italy and Singapore in 1999-2000. Dr. Caparas is a recipient of various national awards and also a professor in prestigious universities. She authored three books on Psychology/HR Management namely “Psychological Assessment: Theory and Practice”, “Uses of Psychological Tests”, and “Human Resource Management”.


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Public Seminar: The ABCs of Supervising Others

Public Seminar: The ABCs of Supervising Others

Please join us for our public seminar and workshop on The ABCs of Supervising Others, April 21 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This two-day workshop is designed to help you overcome many of the supervisory problems you will encounter in your first few weeks as a boss, whether you are a team leader, a project manager, or a unit coordinator. Dealing with the many problems a new supervisor encounters isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to lead to discouragement.

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The workshop will clarify roles and responsibilities of a supervisor position, teach participants to adjust to a supervisor role with confidence, and develop skills in listening, asking questions, resolving conflict, and giving feedback to employees. It will also identify some techniques to deal with employee challenges, such as hostility, complaints, and laziness.

Course Outline

  • Pre-assignment review
  • Making the transition
  • Responsibilities of a supervisor
  • Setting goals
  • Planning for success
  • Listening skills
  • Asking questions
  • Giving feedback
  • Ask for what you want
  • Giving instructions
  • Orders, requests, and suggestions
  • Managing conflict
  • Dealing with difficult employees
  • Dealing with others
  • The reciprocal quality of relationships

An investment of P8,500 plus VAT includes the two day workshop, all course materials, instruction by an expert facilitator, and snacks and lunch for the day.

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About the Facilitator

Dr. Maria Vida G. Caparas holds a Master’s Degree and Ph.D., Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology. She is an Accredited Trainer of the Philippine Government with invaluable experiences in Organizational Development as a Human Resource, Training and OD practitioner. She authored three books on Psychology/HR Management and was a Trainer Delegate of DFA-Foreign Service Institute in Italy and Singapore in 1999-2000. Dr. Caparas is a recipient of various national awards and also a professor in prestigious universities. She authored three books on Psychology/HR Management namely “Psychological Assessment: Theory and Practice”, “Uses of Psychological Tests”, and “Human Resource Management”.


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Public Seminar on Teamwork: Building Better Teams

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Learn how to improve teamwork and build better teams in our learning workshop on April 19 to 20, 2016. It’s recommended for anyone who is new to training, a subject matter expert that needs to train others, or a trainer who is looking for more effective approaches to learning. This workshop is designed to be an introduction to training and is suitable for anyone who has to deliver training sessions and design training programs.

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Teams have become a principle building block of successful organizations. This two-day workshop is a basic course for team leaders and team members, designed to focus on the characteristics of an effective team player and the elements of an effective team. You will leave the workshop with plans for your personal development as a team player and ideas for developing your back-home team.

A critical element of this workshop is the Profiles Performance Indicator, a DISC personality-style employee performance test that will help you understand and identify an individual’s behavioral characteristics and use this knowledge to increase job performance of employees. It will help you identify your primary team player style, help you increase your personal effectiveness in team situations, and help you effectively develop your group into a high performing team.

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This course comes with a free assessment (learn more below) that will provide you with recommendations to improve employee performance. Participants will be able to identify ways you will want to change to improve your team player style and develop an action plan for those improvements. We will also go over differences among team members and identify the ways your team must improve to be more effective.

Course Outline

  • Your team player style
  • The strengths of each style
  • The challenges for each style
  • Establishing team norms
  • Building team trust
  • Working through the stages of team development
  • Communication skills

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An investment of P8,500 plus VAT includes snacks and lunch, instruction by an expert facilitator, small group workshops that provide “active learning,” a specialized student workbook and a personalized certificate of completion.

This workshop also includes a very special FREE assessment; the Profiles Performance Indicator. This assessment is used primarily for motivating and coaching employees, and resolving post-hire conflict and employee performance issues.

About the Facilitator

Dr. Rosario C. Alzona holds a Master’s Degree in Statistics and Ph.D in Organizational Development. She is an accomplished Organizational Development professional with almost 20 years of experience in diverse workplace environments. She has varied experiences in organizational assessment, OD intervention design and implementation, learning and development and process/procedure design and development. Dr. Alzona has taken various Information Technology and OD Consultancy projects with several Consulting firms and has taught for ten years in the Graduate School of several universities and colleges in diverse topics of management and leadership. She is a frequent speaker at various seminars and workshops with topics on Leadership, Team Building, Organizational Assessment, Strategic Planning, Change Management and Appreciative Inquiry. She is a High-energy Trainer and Creative Facilitator, skilled in guiding learners through engaging breakthrough learning opportunities.


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Reading list for HR professionals

Reading list for HR professionals

Do you work in talent acquisition, retention, or evaluation? This reading list for HR professionals will get you up to speed in the latest HR news.

First, Break All The Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

By Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman

This book goes over the concept of innovative methods to create productive, efficient teams. The book studies various managers across industries and what makes them great, and it goes over smart lessons about ignoring conventional HR wisdom and cultivating motivated, productive employees.

Love’em or Lose’em: Getting Good People to Stay

By Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

This book focuses on employee retention. It’s one of the biggest concerns in HR, considering the high costs of replacing an employee. The authors of this book go over key insights on keeping employees engaged and happy in their work, and motivating them to focus on their job and not other opportunities.

1501 Ways To Reward Employees

By Bob Nelson, Ph.D.

This popular book stays true to its title, offering 1501 creative ways to reward employees and keep them happy and nurtured. Many of the methods Nelson covers are low-cost solutions that most companies initially overlook. It’s an excellent resource for any HR department, from bootstrapped startups to large conglomerations.

Work Rules!

By Laszlo Bock

This book was written by the senior vice president of Google, with insights that will transform how you lead  your teams. Bock takes a close look at behavioral economics and human psychology, while showing the readers an insight peek into how Google runs their HR. The book covers a range of industries and how the best management creates a high quality of life at work, while balancing creativity and structure.

Smart Staffing

By Wayne Outlaw

This book is an excellent resources for small businesses or startups that don’t necessarily have a full-time HR department yet. The founder or CEO may still be doing the hiring, or one of the first employees of the company. Smart Staffing addresses the specific needs of companies wherein only one or two people (who may not necessarily be trained in HR) are handling talent acquisition and retention. It goes over job postings, requirements, procedures, and other technicalities that you may have missed.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t

By Jim Collins

This book looks at different companies, and why some fail and some succeed. Collins provides insights that are particularly powerful for startups and small businesses that are looking to grow, sharing scalable models and hiring processes. One of the tidbits from the novel is that most often, humble managers inspire the most confidence in their teams, and the best managers acknowledge the flaws in the company while striving to fix and improve them.

What else is on your reading list for HR professionals?

Did we miss any great books that must be shared? Let us know in the comments below.


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Public Seminar: Business Writing That Works

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Join us April 14-15, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a public learning workshop on business writing that works. For those who must write as part of their job, being able to write well is a real career boost. Learn how to capture your thoughts on paper so they are strong and persuasive, but at the same time clear, concise, complete, and correct.

We can think about writing either as a process or as a product, the finished piece of writing. If we can think of it as a process, then by changing the way we go about writing, we can change the finished product. While participants will still be aiming to turn out a good product, their sense of satisfaction will arise partly from a greater appreciation of the process by which they get there. This two-day workshop will concentrate on the nitty-gritty details that writers have to contend with, and give them some practical advice on making the job less difficult. They will also have opportunity to discuss their writing problems and share solutions with others in the workshop.

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Participants will gain a better grasp of the basics of business writing, practice writing clearly and concisely, and learn the process of gathering material, putting it in a format that addresses the points under discussion, and bringing closure to the situation through recommendations or next steps. We will also go over a writing style in keeping with that used by experienced writers.

Course Outline

  • The Four C’s
  • Active vs. passive voice
  • Punctuation Tips
  • Sentence and Paragraph Structure
  • Writing Business Letters
  • Writing Reports and Memos
  • Inclusive Language
  • Spelling and Proofreading
  • E-mail Etiquette

Register Now: Business Writing That Works

An investment of P8,500 plus VAT includes snacks and lunch, instruction by an expert facilitator, small group workshops that provide “active learning,” a specialized student workbook and a personalized certificate of completion.

About the Facilitator

Maria Vida G. Caparas, Ph.D.,RP holds a Master’s Degree and Ph.D., Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology. She is an Accredited Trainer of the Philippine Government with invaluable experiences in Organizational Development as a Human Resource, Training and OD practitioner. She authored three books on Psychology/HR Management namely “Psychological Assessment: Theory and Practice”, “Uses of Psychological Tests”, and “Human Resource Management” and was a Trainer Delegate of DFA-Foreign Service Institute in Italy and Singapore in 1999-2000. Dr. Caparas is a recipient of various national awards and also a professor in prestigious universities.


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