Monday, November 30, 2015

We are Worth More than Many Sparrows




  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 10: 30-31(NIV)



    


     
      Many things about life make us worry. We can not help worrying about our food tomorrow, the activities we need to attend or prepare,  the bills we must pay, the tasks we must finish, our children’s tuition…Our human nature causes us to think and be anxious about all these material necessities in our daily existence. We seem to live for tomorrow as if tomorrow does not end. Being human does not spare us from the cares of this world because we live in this world. For us to live through each day and to provide for ourselves and our families are inevitably indispensable.
        
       Moreover, we are bombarded each day with news headlines splashed with killings, bombings and numerous deaths with the likes of the terrorist attack experienced in Paris, France recently. The incident has gotten most of us to assume the French flag on our Facebook profiles to pay tribute to the country in its moment of grief. Our country too is not spared of these kinds of social and political unrest. The involvement of children in crimes and violence are utterly distressing. These developments in our society today have affected the way parents and guardians secure the safety of their children becoming too overprotective at times that they fail to recognize having stifled their children’s freedom.
         
       In all these occasions, we tend to ask if God sees from afar and if he does care at all? Too many injustices abound; many lives have been stricken by diseases and have ended the lives of others. The destructive forces present on this earth are borne of man’s greed, hatred and selfish motives. Sometimes, in our own trials and griefs, we no longer see clearly how we can still remain confident in God’s goodness and how He keeps us in His care. It is sometimes difficult for us to reconcile the fact that if our faith is tested, why with such severity? How we react to the situations in our daily lives reflect our human nature. And I believe that God Himself understands how we feel since He too became one of us and walked on this earth before us. He knew what it was like to live with the basic necessities of everyday living. He also knew how it was to suffer injustices for He too had experienced all these. He knew how it felt to go through the agony and the pain of death and of having to leave His beloved friends behind. We cannot say that God has forgotten us because He has taught us the very meaning of Love and Life through his examples and teachings. Jesus knew how it was like to plead before God which He did in the garden of Gethsemane but He also knew that His life on earth had a purpose and for this He had to submit to His Father. I thought this painful moment that Jesus illustrated should give us the greatest realization that we, like Jesus should learn to submit to the will of the Father in spite of our troubles, difficulties or pain. And although there are occurrences that are way beyond our minds to comprehend, we must learn to surrender and leave them all in God’s hands. We have to carry on. We have to remain steadfast. 

      We must know that our life on earth has a purpose and this purpose should be lived founded in God’s Love. God would not have breathed life on us if we were to live for no purpose at all. If God values the sparrows that are considered to be too common to be of lesser worth, how much more will God value you  “…that even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.(Matt.10:31)



Thursday, November 19, 2015

MANAGING VIRTUAL FILIPINO WORKERS



    Handling freelance workers with different cultures is integral to the decisions of companies and business individuals to outsource jobs. Unlike working face to face with employees, managing virtual freelance employees require a different approach to effectively articulate your goals and the various tasks that need to be accomplished. In this regard, employers have to possess flexibility and role adaptability to interact and understand their employees. 



      Initially upon hiring a virtual Filipino worker, the terms and conditions of the company are discussed if this applies and so with the salary and the terms and mode of payment. But after that how do both parties develop a dedicated communication system and effective arrangement of tasks? The extent to which employers and their Filipino employees build trust and a harmonious working relationship is based on the following conditions:

1.   After hiring a remote freelance Filipino worker, discuss your goals and the tasks that he would have to do including the time constraints, deadline or schedule. These will allow him to adjust his own personal time table to meet with his working schedule.

2.   If there are plans, layouts, designs and tools that need to be followed, orient them with these. Chances are they may not yet be familiar with the operation of some or most of the online management tools employed unless they have had previous experiences using them.

3.   Communicate frequently. It does not matter what channel of communication is used - email, Skype, phone, yahoo messenger, G-talk, etc. Constant communication is important to gather updates, clarify any questions and changes and to eliminate any forms of conflicts about the task and work schedule. Some Filipinos are not comfortable doing the initial call to inform or update their foreign employers. This is because Filipinos are basically shy. However, with continued encouragement and exposure, they will eventually establish their confidence and openness.  Communicating frequently with them cultivates a sense of warmth, commitment, solidarity, participation, belongingness and a feeling of being near despite the working distance.


4.    Involve them in the discussion of each stage of the process or work assignment. Filipino workers are very creative and hardworking. Ask them for suggestions or new ideas. This cooperative climate creates interpersonal trust, shared knowledge and opportunities for reinforcing skills and contributions beneficial to the employer and the virtual freelance Filipino worker.

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