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How Filipino Values Are Demonstrated at Work [Part 1]


It goes without saying that we should know the work values of the people we hire. No one wants to hire people who don't have positive work values, don't know the value of their own work, or don't take pride in it.

Here's where the Filipino Work Values Scale can prove useful. It's a tool that reflects Filipino culture and cultural values and can be used to provide HR specialists with a framework to understand the behavior of Filipinos at work.


1. Environmental (ENV): This refers to conditions of work carried out under pleasant physical conditions – not too hot nor too cold, noisy, dirty, crowded, not far from where one lives.

Filipinos know they work in a country where so many are unemployed or underemployed, but this doesn't mean that they don't take notice of their work environment. Filipinos take the time to ensure that their work areas are clean and safe.

2. Familial (FAM): This refers to family relations. Family cohesion, family unity, emotional closeness and security in the family, firm loyalty to the family ties in activities, family-oriented achievement motivation, and respect for parents are important to Filipinos.

Filipinos consider the family to be a sacred institution. Many adult Filipinos continue to either live with their parents even after marriage, or insist that their parents stay with them. Family members to pitch in to look after their elderly mothers and fathers, and in many families, the employed members schedule their days off or leave to ensure that they are able to spend time to take care of ill relatives.


3. Interpersonal (INTER): This is related to a values such as "amor propio" (personal sense of honor), "hiya" (shyness or bashfulness) "utang na loob" (acknowledging favors received and the need to return such favors) use of intermediaries, or go between, the value of loyalty, hospitality, "pakikisama" (working well with others) emotional closeness, respect for authority.

Filipinos can be competitive, but working well with others is more important. This can be both good and bad, because sometimes Filipinos can be too understanding or tolerant even of bad work habits among their peers. What should be emphasized, however, is when Filipinos get fed up, they take action, and they also believe in pushing for remedies to bad situations.

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