Staying productive: Robert Walters shares tips on effective remote work scheme

With social distancing the catchphrase of the times, public and private companies locally and overseas are implementing work from home. In the Philippines, where the government has put the entire island of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, government work is largely suspended while most private establishments enforce remote work.

As organizations undertake measures to ensure business continuity without endangering their workforce, the rapid response and creativity of managers will be key to ensuring an easy transition to a new work setup with minimal or zero disruption in operations and business processes. Managers know what works best for their teams and can tap into this knowledge to make adjustments seamless, deliver results and maintain business viability amid this uncertain period.

Robert Walters, a global recruitment specialist group headquartered in England and with regional offices in Southeast Asia, shares tips on how businesses and organizations can ensure efficiency and productivity even while working from home.

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Hino partners with DOTr to provide free rides to health workers, frontliners

Free shuttle services for health workers and frontliners are now operational in Metro Manila through a partnership with Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Hino Motors Philippines.

Since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine for Luzon, public transportation has been suspended in the entire Luzon island. To ease the commute of these modern-day heroes, free PUV rides have been made operational daily until from 8AM to 5PM. The commuters only have to present their IDs for proper identification.

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How Do We Communicate through a Crisis?

In today’s plugged-in world where information flies faster than ever before, communication during a crisis has taken on a different meaning, in many ways revealing the strength or weakness of an organization and redefining its future. With the internet and social media fast-tracking the transfer and sharing of news and providing a platform by which people can articulate their opinion on most things, organizations big and small are finding it imperative to be able to respond quickly and appropriately lest they risk compromising their reputation and business.

A crisis can take many forms. It can be a result of natural causes such as a crisis caused by an earthquake or similar other disasters. A crisis may also be financial in scope or technological, with the latter involving cybersecurity threats, loss of database information and related matters. It can be an unprecedented health or medical scare.   

No matter the cause or scope, a well-thought out communication and management plan will see an organization or business through a crisis.  Responses may differ depending on the circumstances but let’s look at some general guidelines on what to do to pull through.

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Multilingual support from the Global MediXchange of Combating COVID-19 (GMCC) programme to further enable sharing among medical personnel worldwide

More than 440 medical institutions from 104 countries and regions have applied to learn and share experiences in battling COVID-19 through the International Medical Expert Communication Platform.

The platform, a centerpiece of the Global MediXchange for Combating COVID-19 (GMCC) program, was jointly established by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation. It is designed for medical experts around the world to communicate seamlessly with each other to share their invaluable experience of fighting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to ask and answer each other’s questions. To date, the most applications have come in thus far from medical institutions in the U.S, Turkey, the U.K., Pakistan, Spain and Germany.

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OYO Philippines opens its doors to healthcare practitioners at the frontline of COVID-19

To support medical and health COVID-19 frontliners in Mindanao, OYO is offering discounts to practitioners from hospitals within a 5-kilometer radius of its partner properties. The company is also closely coordinating with BPOs and other businesses for accommodation for their employees, and with stranded foreign tourists affected by the lockdown.

In response to the need for more accommodations raised on social media and by LGUs and NGOs, 24 OYO properties in Mindanao were reopened. OYO has 500 rooms available for occupancy in the region, and the company is currently working on the possibility of opening more should the need arise.

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