Excuse My Excuses: 5 of the Most Common Reasons for Tardiness

Late Rabbit

Once again, you’re huffing and puffing as you swipe your access card. You check the machine – you’re five minutes past the prescribed grace period. Then after counting the times you’ve been late this month, you realize that you’ve gone beyond the limit. That’s okay though, because your co-worker consoles you and tells you that he’s in the same predicament – or so you think.

Just because tardiness is a common occurrence at work doesn’t mean it’s excusable. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop employees from giving excuses, real or not, valid or otherwise, to be late. The most common among them are the following.

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Heavy Traffic

“Sorry Sir/Ma’am, but there was heavy traffic.” You’ve heard this so many times already that you’ve already lost count. Heck, you’ve probably used the same reason before.  Whether they are being honest or just making an excuse, it’s annoying. And if you think it’s not funny on a personal level, then how much more on a professional one? Yes, it’s undeniable that the country isn’t exactly the best when it comes to urban planning. However, since you’re already aware of this national problem, you should exert effort on leaving early.

Woke Up Late

This is never a valid excuse, especially in a world where alarms have existed for centuries. Your boss doesn’t care if you got drunk, had a movie marathon, or watched the night sky for the threat of an alien invasion. So, whatever your reason is and no matter how late it keeps you awake, wake up at the right time, leave at the right time, and get to work at the right time.

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Had to Attend to a Loved One

Of course, there are also valid reasons for being late. After all, life’s not just about working, but also about personal relationships, especially family. However, make sure that you inform the workplace ahead of time so that they’ll believe you. And if you use this excuse a bit too often, people will start thinking that you’re making things up, so always be honest about your situations.

Averting a Sick Leave

You’ve probably had days when you think that you’re going to be unfit to go to work. And sometimes, as you test the waters, you realize that it’s just a false alarm. You spring into action, but you still run late. Still, kudos to you for being a dedicated employee. However, it would be better to text or call concerned personnel so that they’ll know you’re going to be late. Also, don’t force it; better to stay at home and rest than feign wellness and be unproductive. And oh, make sure you’re not contagious.

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Car Trouble

A car offers great convenience. But just like people, cars have bad days, too. Sometimes, they don’t start or even break down on your way to work. If you’re still at home and the former happens, leave it and go for public transportation; it’s just for one day anyway. And if the latter happens, it’s important to let your workplace know beforehand.

It’s impossible to be the perfect, never-tardy employee. However, it’s possible to minimize showing up late for work, and it’s your responsibility to do so. Fulfill that and you won’t have to use any of these excuses.

World’s Best Boss: 5 Qualities of an Appealing Leader

Michael Scott

Most TV bosses are stereotyped as stern suit-wearing tyrants who don’t cut their subordinates any slack. But not Michael Scott of “The Office”. Sure, he may seem lost at his job at times, but he never fails to be there for his employees when push comes to shove.

Each company needs a great leader like Michael Scott, and if you’re in a similar role as him, a significant amount of appeal is necessary in order to effectively manage your employees. If they respect you wholeheartedly, they’ll support you and trust your decisions even if things go south. Teamwork will come naturally and productivity will not be an issue.

Becoming an admirable leader can be complicated as certain lines must be kept to maintain professionalism, but it’s an achievable goal if you’re humble, self-aware, and open-minded. You ready to take that first step? Great! You can start by developing these five essential qualities:

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Correct your Subordinates Nicely

When you were still an entry-level employee, you probably did something wrong that caught the fire of your boss. He or she probably yelled at you and embarrassed you in front of your peers. Of course, you weren’t pleased with such a mistreatment.

Now that you’re the one in his or her seat, you’ll find some of your employees committing a mistake or two. Are you going to do the same thing your boss did to you? Definitely not. Instead, talk to him or her privately, with your tone modulated. This way, the employee will see his or her errors and not your anger. If he or she does the same thing again, issue the proper disciplinary action to show that you’re serious.

Delegate, Trust, and Don’t Push Too Hard

As a boss, it isn’t your job to whip people into doing theirs. Instead, what you should be doing is assigning tasks to your employees while you do your own. And when you give them an assignment, you need to trust that they will deliver it right and on time.

It is okay to give them a gentle reminder or a push, but don’t badger them too hard. Doing so will make them feel incompetent, which can slow them down and lower the quality of their output.

Appreciate and Compliment

If you didn’t have any employees, then you wouldn’t be considered as a boss. That is why when an employee does a good job, don’t forget to show gratitude and commend him or her, amongst coworkers if possible. This way, your employee will feel more appreciated, motivating him or her to excel further in his or her work.

Be Approachable

Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you’ll be sitting in your office, typing away at the computer while your employees do their assigned tasks. They’re going to have questions, concerns, and other matters that require consultation from you. Don’t think it’s because of a lack of information on the task. Instead, treat it for what it is – an employee asking for help.

This is a good sign actually, as he or she chose to consult with you instead of taking unnecessary risks that may lead to serious errors. So let him or her raise whatever issue is at hand and respond in a kind manner. Not only have you helped an employee, but you’ve also maintained good relations.

Teach Employees to Decide for Themselves

It’s good that your employees can approach you and ask work-related questions. However, aside from looking after your employees, you also have to deal with you own workload. And if you entertain all their queries, your time will be eaten up. For maximum productivity on both sides, teach them how to decide when situations arise. If they decide wrongly, correct them politely and trust that they’ll do better next time. This way, they still won’t feel aloof towards you.

5 Cool Icebreaker Games for a Happier Work Environment

Office Activities

Although it’s fun and productive, life in the office can sometimes be boring and repetitive. However, there is a way to lighten up the mood and start the day energized – icebreakers! They’re simple, fun, and promote active participation and interaction among the people involved.

If you’re having trouble thinking what icebreaker to use, check out these five cool examples that will get everyone breaking into enjoyment.

Who Am I?

Here’s a popular icebreaker that’s always loads of fun. For this game, all participants will be tagged with a celebrity’s name on their back. Everyone must find out who that celebrity is by going around asking different people for clues. When they’ve gathered enough clues, they must guess who the celebrity is. Not only is it a fun game that lets people mingle with one another, but it’s also a good mental workout.

Two Truths and a Lie

It’s time for everyone to be a good detective – and a liar. In this game, participants take turns in telling two truths and one lie about themselves, so they better be convincing. After doing so, the ones listening guess which two are fact and which one is fiction. Perfect for small groups, this game is good for making people get to know each other.

Lost on a Deserted Island

This is a fun way to know your officemates in a more in-depth way. Everyone will be prompted to answer one question: if you were lost on a deserted island, what would you bring? Through this, you can know which among your colleagues are practical, funny, serious, or just downright crazy. To kick things up a notch, you can ask why they have chosen the said object.

The One Word Icebreaker

You’ve probably seen this done in movies featuring psychological exams: the lead is asked to either describe something in just one word. This game is basically just like that, minus the psychoanalysis. It’s nearly impossible to perfectly describe something in just one word, which is exactly what makes this game a lot more fun. Aside from this being a fun activity, this can also be used to find out what people think about certain things in the workplace. It’s enjoyable and generates feedback – HR Managers are gonna love this!

Do You Love Me?

Love is a game, they say. Well, why don’t we take it literally? This icebreaker works like this: a person is chosen at the beginning of the game. He or she will ask someone, “Do you love me?”. If the one asked says yes, everybody finds a pair within a time limit; a person who doesn’t find one will be “it”. If the one asked says no, he or she will mention a certain quality, and everyone that has that will be the only ones who will play next round. It’s a fun game for large groups and a good way to find people with commonalities in the office.

These games sound fun, don’t they? Well, find out for yourself and have a blast at the office with your colleagues!

Crisis at Work? Here are 5 Ways to Stay Calm and Effective

Jack Donaghy

Are you having troubles at work? Do you often find yourself worrying about meeting your deadlines? Can you remember the last time you weren’t catching up on quota? Stressing too much over your workload could damage your output quality. Don’t rush, don’t panic and stay focused! Here are five simple ways to keep your cool during times of crisis:

Set Definite Goals

Identify the position in the company that you’d love the most and turn it into a personal goal. When everything becomes tough and work is taking a toll on you, think of it as a challenge that will bring you one step closer to your dream once you overcome it. This kind of mentality will help you grow in more ways than one, because not only will it keep you on track, but it will also shape your career and ambitions.

Cut the Coffee and Sleep Properly at Night

One or two cups of coffee can help keep your mind alert, but don’t drown yourself with it! How can you remain calm if you’re overdosing yourself with caffeine?  Though it might keep you up for a few more hours, too much coffee will make you feel jittery and anxious. Try to take a quick nap during breaks if you’re feeling too tired. Remember, your brain can produce and take in more information when it’s well rested.

Abandon Procrastination

Prevent your work from piling up by not procrastinating. A lot of people have this harmful habit of cramming everything for the final minute. In the end, they struggle to finish end up settling with a poorly executed output just to meet the deadline. If you have extra time, spend it wisely by getting a head start on some of your work. This way, you won’t stress over the factor of time. You’ll can even go through it again and make sure that everything is perfect.

Deep Breaths

You have a presentation in ten minutes but find yourself going blank from panic. What do you do? Take a minute off and engage in deep breathing, which has been scientifically proven to slow down your heart rate and release body tension. Just sit up straight, inhale and exhale repeatedly while counting to ten.

Build Relationships

No man is an island. Work stress can be lessened if you know you’re sharing them with your workmates. Going through tough projects and tight deadlines will be easier if you have someone backing you up. Consult with co-workers if there are things you are unsure of. Some people find that extra pinch of motivation by working with a team. Build strong relationships with the people you work with so you can support each other when things get tough.

Remember to always work hard and do your best. If you want to impress your boss, then don’t let those panic attacks ruin your chances of earning a promotion! Just keep calm and stay effective!

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The Manager’s Guide on Affordable Employee Perks

The Office

Aside from running the Internet, Google is known for being one of the best companies to work for. Aside from providing on-site doctors and medical services, this multi-billion dollar corporation also offers – are you ready – free lunch, dinner, massages, and yoga!

Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “But I’m only starting up! I can’t afford all those incentives!” Worry not dear reader, for you don’t have to push yourself this far to create a more fulfilling working environment. There are alternative perks for your small business that should keep your employees engaged and motivated. Here are some ideas:

Nap Room!

Have an unused room in your office? Why not revamp it by putting in a sofa, a carpet and an electric fan for an instant nap room? A 15 to 20-minute nap will sure to re-energize and reinvigorate workers, resulting in more productive work hours. A win-win for both parties, so better work on that nap room!

Break Room!

Instead of dressing up the unused room to be a sleeping area, put a Ping-Pong table or Xbox 360 Kinect games to help your employees de-stress after a challenging project. Because hey, employees who play together, works well together!

Free Snacks!

Seriously though: who doesn’t love food? They say the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This also applies to your employees! Invest in a small Snack Basket and fill it with enough munchies for your small team to nibble on. And if you’re team performed exceptionally on one of those “Hell Months”, you can treat them to a fun karaoke night!

Bonus Day-Off!

Organizing a team-building is one thing, inviting your employees to watch a movie together is a whole different story! If the heavens bless your company with an idle week, set a free day for your team to enjoy together. Seize opportunities for quality bonding, but keep this is at a minimum so you don’t end up at a point where you’re actually spoiling them.

Open Forum!

Pinterest is known for its weekly Happy Hour where employees get to raise their concerns to the founders. Why not incorporate this in your company? This is something that a lot of large companies cannot offer right away due to the hectic schedules of the bosses. Not to mention that the company size will also be an obstacle in itself. But for small businesses, letting people speak their opinion about the management and leadership system is a perk that’s both valuable and priceless!

Employee Recognition

This has been one of the earliest and surest formulas for employee motivation, and with good reason! You can never go wrong with a pat on the back. Heck, even a simple “Employee of the Month” plaque is enough to boost anybody’s morale! After all, one of the best feelings you can get as a worker is your superior’s approval.

While these are just few of the many things you can do to keep office atmosphere light despite the heavy workload, we hope that you were able to gain some applicable insights. You can give your employees lovable perks without breaking the bank. Just give one or two of these ideas a try. Remember, a happy and engaged workforce is the most productive one as well.

5 Tips on Balancing Graduate School and Work

School and Work

Balancing tasks and priorities – even Superman struggles with it. And he’s the Man of Steel, you’re just man. You’re bound to have it worse! No matter how integral it is as a part of our everyday lives, juggling errands still takes us to the edge of our sanity, and leaves us there hanging. You’re only saved when you’ve already lightened the load. Phew. Fresh air…

Then another day comes. The world’s once again darker.

Imagine if you’re balancing work and graduate school: you come home after slaving away at your day-time job and the first thing that greets you is the pile of notes that you haven’t even begun to study. Deadlines, legwork, attendance—all demanded, leaving you exhausted. No fun at all, is it? Oh, and that’s your life. Sorry. But why don’t we turn it around? Here’s a few tips how:

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Prep the self

Expect twice the amount of work you’ll need to pull off in so little time. That way, you’ll be able to prepare. Allot a small period for rest and relaxation before plunging into the bloody second round. Pamper yourself with sleep and a massage, as well as an indulgence of good food. You know that once you’re back in the arena, your free time may cease to exist. So enjoy now while supplies last.

Prep the boss

Whether you’re a grad student paying for your own education or a professional pursuing further studies, you’ll have to inform the boss and the instructors about your situation. That way, they may be able to plan a schedule and workload that best fits you. They’re adjusting with you so be open to their questions and suggestions. Everything they say is meant to help you and them.

Explore financial options

Since you’re both earning with work and spending for grad school, better find a way to neutralize the expenses. With the tuition, books, and other necessary expenses, it helps to have a partner in the payment. Research financial options in your grad school or ask the office if they have reimbursement or stipend programs that will help ease your load.

Flex your schedule

Choose classes that offer online and night schedules. Also ask which instructors allow meetings in the weekends. Don’t overload your calendar. Make room for empty hours so you can easily adjust if other tasks take longer to finish. But not all extra time has to be spent toiling; have time for yourself, too. Invite friends over, both old and new. Spend time not just for working, as little breaks here and there make a difference to your body and brain’s performance.

Manage your priorities

Know which tasks have to be finished now, or can be finished now, and do them now. Don’t revert to your undergraduate tactics of procrastinating and valuing party time. You have so much more at stake now; better to know which tasks and events you have to value over others. Sleep must one of your top priorities, don’t forget. Now that’s one item on the list; the rest should be easier.

Enjoy

Yes, grad school is a new frontier, another world of learning, as is work. And in learning, you not only drain yourself of your energy and effort, you enjoy the new knowledge you acquire. If that’s not enough motivation, just think that if you find a way to find enjoyment in your draining lifestyle, all the work will seem as light as an eyelash.

You’re not up to the challenge without the assurance of a reward, right? And in successfully balancing graduate school and work, the rewards are greater than the toil. Seizing these tips brings you closer to that success. Now it’s up to you to plan your action.

“Wonder Woman!” 5 Tips for the Single Working Mom

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If you’re a single mom who works, you know the pressure – and the feeling. It’s a boatload of jobs rolled in one. You’re the breadwinner, the cook, the laundrywoman, the planner, and so much more! Simply put, you’re the real-life Wonder Woman of our generation, so here are your “Super Tips” to keep you sane while being the superhero at home, and at work.

Learn to say “No”

As a single mom, your workload will always be heavier than usual because, unlike most married moms, you are left to do all the work by yourself. It’s important for you to prioritize things by learning when to say “no”.

Some things are more valuable than others. You cannot keep everything aligned at the same time. Just make sure your “yes’s” and “no’s” reflect what you value – the things that are most important to you.

If your child will play the grand piano in a school program, won’t you go? But what if it collides with a team-building activity in the office? Shake off your shoulders the pressure to say “yes” every time.

 Set Time for Yourself

The truth is that even though you’re at superhero level awesomeness, you’re still a fragile human being at the end of the day. And you will age over time, become weaker, and succumb to your mortality. No, I’m not scaring you. The point is your physical body is weak. That’s why you need a time for yourself.

Taking a break from the exhausting work, piling up one after another, is beneficial for your physical and mental health. You should unplug, let go, and relax.

Go ride a bike! Try a new haircut! Update your wardrobe! Bake a chocolate cake for you and your kid! It’s not wrong to slow down a little, even stop for some time, and just watch the whole world pass by.

Learn to Choose your Battles

It’s simple: Don’t let everything drain your energy, especially the small stuff. Just let them go. If your co-workers are gossiping about you, don’t pay any attention to them. Show them that you are too strong to bother yourself of what other people are saying about you.

And oh, that officemate envy of your promotion? Your life does not revolve around him or her. You don’t need to go gaga over things not worth your time and energy.

So, you wonder woman, flip your hair over trivial matters.

Plan How your Day will Go

It’s always best to plan your day ahead. Sure, there are constant things you do such us going to work and preparing your kids to school. But, planning how you will spend your day will ensure you a smoother day as you swing from one task to another.

Before you sleep, why not jot down what you need to accomplish for the next day? It’s the best way to make sure that you will not miss any task or goal. You may also break down big tasks into smaller ones for efficiency purposes.

Ask for Help if you Need Any

Unless you’re living under a rock, or sprout like a mushroom on earth, you’ll definitely have a circle where you belong. Doesn’t matter if your closer to your friends or family; you know you’ll always need them, especially in emergency situations.

What if you caught up a virus and could not get up your bed but your kid still needs to be fed?

Keeping a list of your friends and families you can call for help is a must for you. You’ll never know when it’ll go handy.

Preparedness and prudence are your best weapons. Remember, you may be a wonder woman, but you cannot do everything. Even Spiderman failed to save Gwen Stacy.

The Manager’s Guide to Welcoming New Employees

Human Resources

Managers play a critical role in employee retention and satisfaction, which is why when a new employee is hired, he must feel welcomed and valued. Onboarding is more than just introducing the new talent to the team; it goes beyond the first day of introduction. It is a year-long effort on the part of the manager.

Before the New Employee Arrives

Ensure that all requirements for new hires are complete including ID, employee benefits, 201 file. Explain to the employee his job description, what the company is all about, the org chart of the department, then provide the necessary contact numbers.

Make sure also that his workplace is ready. Everyone can work more efficiently if given the resources he needs to complete his tasks.

Inform the team that there will be a new employee coming in. You may do this through an email or through your regular meeting. You may give a little background about the qualifications of the new hire and what he will be within for the team.

First Day

As his manager, you may start building rapport by inviting him for coffee or lunch to know him better. Touring him in the office or facility, discussing with him the strategic plans, introducing him to key people, will make him feel welcome and important.

Communicate to the new employee the office culture, policies and procedures, work hours, breaks and other basic information.

You may also assign a buddy who is also his teammate who can answer his immediate questions and give him invaluable guidelines in his work.

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First Week

Prepare the employee’s schedule for the first week so that he can be productive. This can also include important meetings, so be sure to establish supervisor-employee communication. Giving the employee his first assignment or project will make him feel empowered. Be sure to guide him when he has questions.

  • Explain the expected outcome of the assignment (ex. How will success be measured?)
  • Describe the key features of the assignment (ex. Deadlines, what resources are needed)
  • Define the level of authority exercised (ex. Should the new hire decide or should he consult the manager?)
  • Let the employee know who else are involved (ex. Are there other departments involved? Where can he get the needed resources?)
  • Identify possible issues and how they will be addressed

First Six Months

Establish goals and provide informal but regular feedbacks for improvements. Discuss how his performance will be evaluated. Continue meeting with him to follow-up on his tasks and trainings attended.

Between 6 and 12 months

Don’t forget to congratulate the employee on his successes. This can be done through congratulatory notes from you or your department head.

Continue evaluating the performance of the employee and give him a head’s up of how the annual performance evaluation will be measured.

Ask him how his first year went.

  • Is the job what you expected?
  • What obstacles did you experience and what can we do to minimize these?
  • Do you feel recognized for your contributions?
  • Discuss future career development plans

Do you have a Business Blog? Here are 5 Simple Ways to Deal with Haters

Haters Gonna Hate

People always have varying opinions, choices and perspectives in life while others are just too bored to go against you. Having this in mind, handling criticisms in your business blog should not affect your performance negatively or get you down. To help you face such difficulties, here are the five simple ways and tips in dealing with haters.

Focus

Bad reviews and comments can break your heart, but don’t let them get into you. Focus on the positive side of what they can offer to you, preventing them from hindering your blog from achieving its objectives and continuity. Especially when the goal of the haters is to really bring you down, it is important to differentiate helpful criticisms from the abusive ones. When the haters become offensive and give insignificant statements, learn to ignore them by staying determined and driven.

Accept

Accepting the opinions of the haters is a must because a business can only survive through the support of the people. If you disregard negative comments, your business would not mature and succeed. So listen to the haters according to their needs and wants and evaluate whether you could use them to initiate some changes in your products and/or services.

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Appreciate

Though it may be perceived as sarcastic upon first impression, genuinely appreciating the inputs of your haters, no matter how offensive, will give you a more detailed overview of your demographics. They give you space for a reality check and to assess yourself better. And although their method might not be pleasant, they should still give you enough insight for positive progression.

Ignore

Yes, some haters are too offensive for acceptance and appreciators. After all, the Internet is the home of the worst of trolls. However, fighting back is not the solution to get ultimate contentment in handling them. If you think they have crossed the line of being reasonable, just take away any anger you may have for them and fight back with kindness and sincerity instead. Remain composed and show how effective your product or service is. Leave them speechless and they might realize then how their hate would only end up making themselves look bad. Think about it, impressing them in return might just even turn them into loyal customers.

The world is full of criticisms and hatred. But with great understanding and optimism, you would then discover the benefits of having haters in your business blog. Keep your objectives, learn from your mistakes and treat everyone with kindness. You’d be surprised just how far a positive response can take you.

Love your Haters

4 Factors you Need to Consider before Becoming an OFW

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The Philippines is a country rich in natural resources. For many years, it has the staple export to other countries in order to boost our trade and economy. Yet, in the last decade, the Southeast Asian nation has become very famous for another resource they export: manpower. To date, 2.2 million Filipinos are working board as cooks, chefs, teachers, nurses, and even household help in order to provide for their families back home. They are known as Overseas Filipino Workers (or OFWs).

Despite the stories of physical and emotional abuse they experience at the hands of their employers, they maintain their strength of character in order to selflessly provide for their families. The money they earn is sent back to their families back home, known as remittances. These have greatly aided the Philippine economy, which is why OFWs are considered heroes.

Yes, the opportunity to earn more money abroad is there if you think about becoming an OFW. Not only that, you’ll feel the pride of being called a hero for being selfless for your family and helping the nation stay safe from economic disaster. But before you think about working overseas, there many factors to consider. Here are some:

“Do I really need the money?”

Many Filipinos turn to working abroad for better opportunities in providing for themselves and their families. This happens because, sometimes, the wages their jobs pay in their own country isn’t enough to support even their own expenses.

But is that the case with your family right now? You might think you’re not earning enough, but in reality, all you need to learn is how to budget your expenses and live within your means. Does your family really need the money? Maybe some siblings who are able to work need to pull their own weight for a change. Because yes, the money is good if you work abroad, but along with that so-called financial prosperity are other things to consider such as…

Physical and/or Emotional Abuse

There are many horrible stories of Filipinos/Filipinas who are terribly abused by their foreign employers. GMA News reported August of last year about a Filipina whose Kuwaiti employer would smash her head on the wall and pour boiling water on her hands. Bringing the issue to court, the unknown Filipina won the case, and her employer was ordered to pay P2 million in damages. According to the same story, 60 Filipinos were sent back home after suffering from grievous abuse from their Kuwaiti employers.

Two million pesos is a lot of money, but is it worth the pain and suffering this unnamed Filipina suffered? Is it worth you going through all that trouble just to provide for your family? You decide.

Physical Separation

The 90s was the decade when both husband and wife would go to work and then return home to take care of their family. In the place of quality time, parents would bring home pasalubong (gifts) as a way of making up for lost bonding.

Working as an OFW is exactly the same thing, only on a much grander scale. Instead, the hours become months or years, and the pasalubongs are no longer food-related but items like clothes, toys, appliances, etc.

In all honesty, would you trade quality family time for more money and things? Generally speaking, it’s better for you to be earning little and spending time with your family than make millions and be physically absent in your spouse’s and children’s lives.

Depression

Let’s face it, unless there’s a solid community of fellow Pinoys in the same area, an OFW is basically “alone” in a foreign country. With their work abroad ranging from mere months to years, an OFW has to face their everyday struggles by themselves. Most of them get homesick, missing their families and homes. In another GMA News article, it is noted that OFWs suffer from physical, mental, and emotional stress that come with working in another country, leading to a chronic sadness.