18 Ways To Successfully Motivate Your Filipino Virtual Workers

18 Ways to Motivate Your Filipino Virtual Workers
When you look at successful businesses, the one thing they all have in common are great teams where employees are motivated to work and help the company succeed. Motivated employees are the lifeblood of the company. The backbones are the bosses who know how to motivate them.

It is easy to motivate others when you see them every day, but how do you motivate a worker that perhaps you have never seen in person before? Options are limited, considering it would be pretty difficult to give your Filipino worker a literal pat on the back when they live thousands of miles away. So how do you do it? It all begins with understanding how they think. We have been working with Filipinos for years, and have a solid grasp on what motivates them.

 

What Motivates Filipino Virtual Workers?

Before we can motivate workers, we first have to understand what motivation really is. Motivation, according to Psychology Today, is defined as the inner force that drives individuals to accomplish personal and organizational goals.n14

So how can you spark this “inner force” in your employees so they’ll behave in a purposeful manner?

A new theory on employee motivation, called The Four Drive Model, suggests that workers are motivated when their four main emotional needs or “drives” are met in the workplace. This model is explained in detail by the researchers Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria in their 2002 book Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices. To come up with the model, they looked into neuroscience, biology and evolutionary psychology on what drives the brain to make choices and how the brain responds to rewards. The model shows that motivation is driven by :

  1. The drive to acquire
  2. The drive to bond
  3. The drive to comprehend
  4. The drive to defend

Employees are most motivated to do their best at work when all four of these needs are fulfilled by their jobs.

Filipino workers are driven by the same things, but the way that we use those drives to motivate them is different because of their unique culture.

Let’s investigate these four different drives and how we can be better at fulfilling them as employers.

 

Motivate Your Filipino Virtual Workers with a Drive To Acquire

drivetoacquire-1Most Filipinos work not only to fulfill their own basic needs, but for the welfare of their loved ones as well. More often than not, strong family ties between Filipinos obligate them to also provide for their less fortunate family members. This motivates them to take advantage of every opportunity that  would allow them earn more. Even when they are earning more than enough for themselves, familial obligations force them to look for  side jobs to help them earn a little extra money.

Here at Onlinejobs.ph, we discourage our jobseekers to take on more than 1 full-time job because we know that this can affect their work life balance and performance. Occasionally giving them opportunities to earn more helps reduce worker turnover and allows them to feel your appreciation.

Here are just some of the worker benefits you can provide to satisfy their drive to acquire

 

1) Provide worker benefits like SSS, Philhealth and Pag-Ibig

#6SSS (social security), PhilHealth (social medical insurance) and Pag-Ibig (social housing fund) are extremely helpful for Filipino workers. In fact, Filipinos often cite these worker benefits as their main motivation for staying employed. The benefits often extend to their immediate family members and they also provide quick, low interest loans. Offering to pay the employers share of their workers benefits (once they’re past their probation status) will go a long way in showing your Filipino VA that you are serious about establishing a long term working relationship.

2) Give 13th month and midyear bonuses

The 13th month is defined as 1/12 of a worker’s basic salary within a calendar year. This was enacted into law 1987. The 13th month bonus was created as a way to help employers budget for regular worker bonuses. Most employers release 13 month bonuses during December. If you have workers with children, you can talk to them about giving half of their 13th month early (June) as a midyear bonus to help pay for school expenses.

3) Performance based salary bonuses, increases or commissions

Giving performance based bonuses allows your workers to see their growth in a tangible manner and gives them something to aspire to every year.

 

4) Paid leave

Paid leaves for illness and vacation can be provided on a staggered basis, depending on the length of time your VA has worked for you.n7

If you don’t need your Filipino worker to work during regular and special holidays, this already gives them 17 paid holidays. Once the worker completes his or her first, most Philippine companies provide 12 sick leaves per year, with an additional 1 day leave per year (up to a maximum of 15 leaves.) Depending on your arrangement with your worker, you can choose to have these leaves convertible to cash or transferable to the following year. 

 

5) Overtime pay for work done during holidays

If you need you VA to work during Philippine holidays, you can offer them overtime pay to make the idea of working while everyone else is on vacation a little more pleasant. Fortunately, the Philippine government has this nifty infographic to help you compute how much you need to pay.

 

6) Calamity leaves/loans

n8The Philippines get hit by roughly 20 typhoons per year.

It would be best to hire workers from areas that are not regularly hit by strong typhoons. But in the event that your worker is affected by a calamity, allowing them to take a leave, loan, or advance on their salary, goes a long way to securing their loyalty. 

 

7) Internet allowance/subsidy

High speed internet can take up a significant chunk for your Filipino VA’s salary, especially if they need to have more than one internet service provider. Offering to pay for or subsidize for high speed internet can greatly increase your worker’s productivity and encourage them to keep working for you.

 

8) Other worker benefits

Curious about other benefits Filipino companies give to their workers? Here’s a summary of other benefits you can offer your worker.  

 

Motivate Your Filipino Virtual Worker with a Drive To Bond

How to Motivate Your Filipino WorkerFilipinos are very social. They want to belong and feel connected with friends, family, and the people they work with. Even if your VAs work away from each other, you can still make their virtual work environment a “place” that would make working for you a great experience.

Encourage your workers’ drive to bond:

9) Communicate with your workers often.

It’s not just about keeping tabs on your workers. It’s making your “presence” known in the workplace. Encouraging regular communication makes it more comfortable for your Filipino VAs to work with you

10) Give them a sense of belonging.

n11A lot of business owners don’t want their clients to know that they outsource.

Whenever possible, allow your workers to identify themselves as workers under your business. Filipinos WANT to belong, it’s a badge of pride for them to be able to say that they work for a foreign company. 

11) Praise your VAs when they do a great job.

Motivate your Filipino virtual assistants by recognizing extraordinary efforts. Cash is a good motivator but praise helps create a positive work environment that motivates workers to do more and do better. It can be something as a simple as an email or an “e-plaque” that your worker can print out or share on social media.

12) Encourage friendships between your workers.

n13It’s not just about improving teamwork. According to study from the Yale Business School and Evolv Industries, workplace friendships have a positive effect on worker productivity. They saw that the more involved a worker is with an organization (in the form of friendships) the easier it is for them to adapt to challenges. They are more likely to perform better when they are socially invested in helping the organization succeed.

13) Support and encourage collaboration between your workers.

Encouraging your Filipino VAs to turn to another for help with work can reap a boat-load of benefits. A study from Stanford University shows that when worker collaboration is encouraged (not forced), not only are  employees more motivated to work, they achieve goals faster, and there is less stress and better engagement.

 

Motivate Your Filipino Virtual Worker with a

Drive To Comprehend

drivetocomprehend1Filipinos take a lot of pride in their work. They like to feel important and know how they contribute to an organization. Responding to a worker’s drive to comprehend motivates them because it it defines their role within an organization.

14) Set clear job descriptions.

n6Job descriptions don’t just help with recruiting workers. Detailed and clear job descriptions help increase productivity because it helps workers understand what they should focus on. It also improves morale and employee retention by creating realistic work expectations and defined parameters for employee performance evaluations.

15) Set regular goals/milestones for your worker to reach.

Setting goals or milestones motivates workers and improves their productivity because it gives them direction on where they should target most of their efforts. It also encourages them to be more participative and proactive in working through challenges in order to achieve their goals. 

 

Motivate Your Filipino Virtual Worker with a

Drive To Defend

The drive to defend is our natural instinct to defend ourselves, our property, and our position. This doesn’t mean that you threaten to fire your worker to motivate them. It means that every once in a while you need to give your workers challenges to prove their worth.

drivetodefend1Filipino workers understand that nothing worthwhile is completely easy. By giving them opportunities to prove their skills, they’re motivated to strive in order to prove their worth within the company. One of the ways to respond to this drive is through performance evaluations. Below are other methods you can implement that have been proven to work well with Filipino workers:

16) Provide training for your Filipino workers.

Filipino workers welcome the opportunity to do more for their company, but you have to help by providing the tools they need to do this. Providing training for your VA gives them the confidence to take on more complicated tasks and motivates them to do more. The more skills they acquire, the more valuable they feel, and the more motivated they are to showcase their skills to help you in your business.

 17) Create a career advancement system/career path.

n18Filipino workers want to know what their future will be like if they decide to work for you in the long term. Career advancement and job titles provide workers with a source of pride and proof of their development as workers.

Creating a career path for your workers will also allow you to develop your VAs, enabling and motivating them to take on more complicated tasks and more responsibilities within the business.

18) Give your deserving Filipino workers leadership roles.

Use your own Filipino VA to motivate your other Filipino workers by giving your most experienced and most reliable workers leadership roles. Also, by giving your Filipino VAs leadership roles, you’ll be able to share or delegate management and training responsibilities to them. 

 

The Perfect Motivation Mix For Filipino Virtual Workers

There are many methods and theories to motive workers.  Ultimately, the best mix of methods depends on you, your management style, and your workers. Get to know them and understand how they flourish best. The key is to be consistent. Let your workers know what they can expect from you and make it their responsibility to meet your expectations.n12

Moderation is also an important factor. Too many perks can make your workers lazy while too many challenges will make your workers leave. Find what’s right for you as an employer. Ask your workers what they feel is fair and work on a compromise that is fair for all.

In the end, you have to remember that although it’s your customers that bring in the profits, your Filipino VAs are the lifeblood of your business. By keeping your workers motivated and happy, you keep your business running in peak condition, bringing in more customers, and ultimately driving you to success.

 

What have you found works best for your Filipino virtual employees?

Comments

  1. Jesus L. Gaballo Jr. says

    it’s really a good opportunity for job seekers online especially those who are unemployed individuals.

        • says

          You can apply for any of the jobs posted here or on our website by signing up for an Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker account. It’s completely free and takes only minutes to apply. Having a jobseeker account also gives you access to thousands of new online jobs daily.

          To start the registration process, just follow this link ===> http://www.onlinejobs.ph/register

          Once you’ve completed your profile, you can start searching for the job that you want here ===>http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/jobsearch/

          You can find a wide variety of jobs there, from data entry, design, writing, programming, and more!

          The job posts would contain all the information you need to apply for that position.

  2. Felicia says

    Good article. I am an entrepreneur still building my company and my business. I need a good team behind me to confidently sell more services, and would love to have a team that grows with me, and would reward them accordingly. Starting out, though, it would be tough to provide some of these incentives.

    • says

      Hi Felicia!

      Thank you! I’m glad you found our article helpful. I think your team would understand that you wouldn’t be able to provide a lot of incentives since you’re just starting out. But if you read through the blog post, you’ll see that we also listed down some incentives you can provide that don’t cost much like:

      – recognizing your team for good work
      – rewarding them for good work, even in little ways
      – providing them training and encouragement, etc.

    • says

      You can apply for any of the jobs posted here or on our website by signing up for an Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker account. It’s completely free and takes only minutes to apply. Having a jobseeker account also gives you access to thousands of new online jobs daily.

      To start the registration process, just follow this link ===> http://www.onlinejobs.ph/register

      Once you’ve completed your profile, you can start searching for the job that you want here ===>http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/jobsearch/

      You can find a wide variety of jobs there, from data entry, design, writing, programming, and more!

      The job posts would contain all the information you need to apply for that position.

  3. Rosie Stevens says

    Noticed that comments are a year old. As prospective Employer, I would like updated comments available please. Many thanks. Rosie Stevens

  4. April says

    Very helpful article. This is specially true. I am very grateful that onlinejobs gave me a good job with very good employers :) continue helping other people :)

    • says

      You can apply for any of the jobs posted here or on our website by signing up for an Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker account. It’s completely free and takes only minutes to apply. Having a jobseeker account also gives you access to thousands of new online jobs daily.

      To start the registration process, just follow this link ===> http://www.onlinejobs.ph/register

      Once you’ve completed your profile, you can start searching for the job that you want here ===>http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/jobsearch/

      You can find a wide variety of jobs there, from data entry, design, writing, programming, and more!

      The job posts would contain all the information you need to apply for that position.

  5. MILDRED ONGY BARIRING says

    Hi i am very much willing to be one of the freelancers in this outsource company I am a socila media marketer or any job that suites to my qualification.

    • says

      You can apply for any of the jobs posted here or on our website by signing up for an Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker account. It’s completely free and takes only minutes to apply. Having a jobseeker account also gives you access to thousands of new online jobs daily.

      To start the registration process, just follow this link ===> http://www.onlinejobs.ph/register

      Once you’ve completed your profile, you can start searching for the job that you want here ===>http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/jobsearch/

      You can find a wide variety of jobs there, from data entry, design, writing, programming, and more!

      The job posts would contain all the information you need to apply for that position.

  6. France says

    Interesting and very helpful article,helps me a lot.i love to do online jobs since most im a full time mom.its my first time to try and i want to apply for any online jobs that suits my knowledge…

    • says

      You can apply for any of the jobs posted here or on our website by signing up for an Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker account. It’s completely free and takes only minutes to apply. Having a jobseeker account also gives you access to thousands of new online jobs daily.

      To start the registration process, just follow this link ===> http://www.onlinejobs.ph/register

      Once you’ve completed your profile, you can start searching for the job that you want here ===>http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/jobsearch/

      You can find a wide variety of jobs there, from data entry, design, writing, programming, and more!

      The job posts would contain all the information you need to apply for that position.

  7. Marvin Lorenz S. Cabarles says

    It’s Really interesting Articles and It give us more Motivation Us Filipino Citizen to be Able To Become more Successful Job Finder and Filipino Worker!:-) Thank You And Mabuhay!:-)

  8. JuDel says

    Its great to have an opportunity like this!!! for those Bachelors Graduate that want to work Homebased.

  9. James Roland D. Cervantes says

    Im interested to work for your team, i have actual experience in sales & marketing from consumer based pharmaceutical & distributors before.

    Residing here in Manila…willing to undergo online sales productivity.

    Thanks

    • says

      You can apply for any of the jobs posted here or on our website by signing up for an Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker account. It’s completely free and takes only minutes to apply. Having a jobseeker account also gives you access to thousands of new online jobs daily.

      To start the registration process, just follow this link ===> http://www.onlinejobs.ph/register

      Once you’ve completed your profile, you can start searching for the job that you want here ===>http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/jobsearch/

      You can find a wide variety of full-time, part-time and project-based jobs there, from data entry, design, writing, programming, and more!

      The job posts would contain all the information you need to apply for that position.

  10. Socrates T. Diputado says

    I had just applied to one of the positions posted for the jobseekers yesterday. How many days would it take you to at least inform me about the development or status of my application?

    Thanks a lot.

    • says

      All applications go directly to the employer so we don’t have any control on when you would be informed. But we encourage you to follow up in a few days so you’ll know right away if you’re accepted or your should apply for the next job.

    • says

      You can apply for any of the jobs posted here or on our website by signing up for an Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker account. It’s completely free and takes only minutes to apply. Having a jobseeker account also gives you access to thousands of new online jobs daily.

      To start the registration process, just follow this link ===> http://www.onlinejobs.ph/register

      Once you’ve completed your profile, you can start searching for the job that you want here ===>http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/jobsearch/

      You can find a wide variety of full-time, part-time and project-based jobs there, from data entry, design, writing, programming, and more!

      The job posts would contain all the information you need to apply for that position.

  11. Raymond says

    Hi,
    I have a Marketing company(Just started!”Wish me luck!”)
    As an online Marketeer/Entrepreneur i have never hired or outsourced work to VA’s
    BUT i am very soon about to!!
    I will be joining as a paid member/Employer ,
    I’m looking forward to taking a rewarding and mutually beneficial journey with Filipino VA’s
    Raymond

  12. C. Lopez says

    Hi,
    I am a CPA but not practiced my profession for more than 10 years now as I am working in the human resource industry in a senior role in operations and business development.
    Is there an opportunity for somebody with my experience for an online job?

    Thank you.

    • says

      You can apply for any of the jobs posted here or on our website by signing up for an Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker account. It’s completely free and takes only minutes to apply. Having a jobseeker account also gives you access to thousands of new online jobs daily.

      To start the registration process, just follow this link ===> http://www.onlinejobs.ph/register

      Once you’ve completed your profile, you can start searching for the job that you want here ===>http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/jobsearch/

      You can find a wide variety of full-time, part-time and project-based jobs there, from data entry, design, writing, programming, and more!

      The job posts would contain all the information you need to apply for that position.

  13. Robert Kerr says

    Excellent article, having motivated employees is crucial for the success of any business.

    These benefits and motivational factors will certain help when I use your services to find qualified VAs.

    • says

      You can apply for any of the jobs posted here or on our website by signing up for an Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker account. It’s completely free and takes only minutes to apply. Having a jobseeker account also gives you access to thousands of new online jobs daily.

      To start the registration process, just follow this link ===> http://www.onlinejobs.ph/register

      Once you’ve completed your profile, you can start searching for the job that you want here ===>http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/jobsearch/

      You can find a wide variety of full-time, part-time and project-based jobs there, from data entry, design, writing, programming, and more!

      The job posts would contain all the information you need to apply for that position.

  14. Divine Mabandos says

    good day, i have a question though. How would i know that i have successfully uploaded a government ID? I did upload my passport but every time i open my acct it keeps on asking me to upload a government picture. and applying for job, it it unlimited? i have this error message “Don’t apply to jobs you’re not qualified for. Doinga so may affect your ID Proof score.” what does it mean though?

    • says

      Hi Divine

      Now regarding your questions: How would i know that i have successfully uploaded a government ID? I did upload my passport but every time i open my acct it keeps on asking me to upload a government picture.

      Sometimes this happens with the image file you uploaded is too big. Try to keep the image size under 3Mb. If you’re still encountering problems, you can email us at support@onlinejobs.ph and we can upload the image for you.

      i have this error message “Don’t apply to jobs you’re not qualified for. Doinga so may affect your ID Proof score.” what does it mean though?

      This isn’t an error message. It’s actually a warning because we’ve encountered a lot of jobseekers who apply for jobs that they’re not qualified for. If you are qualified for the job and your ID proof score is high enough for the job you can safely ignore that message and continue with your application.

  15. peter says

    I’m considering outsourcing some of our work. Can you tell me what I should expect for the costs of SSS, Philhealth, Pag-lbig and how that would be paid? Going to the 3 sites I wasn’t able to see what the costs would likely be. Do you already have a page for this that I have missed?

  16. Gladys says

    Hi,

    I was able to came across the page before the person you showed here in the site having multiple accounts and not to hire this person. I forgot where I will pull up that page. Can you find it for me? Just want to take note the name of the person and how they look like.

    Thanks,
    Gladys T.

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