Time-Out Everybody!

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glass-hourglass-hours-39396Time always seem to go by so fast alongside with our busy schedules and drills. I am sure by now most of us have realized that we have already reached half of the calendar year. Yes we did! And it is a wonderful blessing to have reached this far again. So how will you describe your first half year experience? Do you feel tired, overwhelmed, barely there? How about feeling positive, happy and so looking forward to the rest of the year? Could be both?

If you have been following our first two articles on Self-Care in this site, we have shared with you helpful tips on how we can take care of ourselves physically and mentally which can enable us to feel energized, positive and happy.

For our last installment article on Self-Care, we will be sharing some more tips on how to do a personal time-out. We all need to break free momentarily from our routines so we can feel energized and focused in meeting our life purpose. The tips we shared before and what we are about to discuss will hopefully help carry you through the remaining parts of 2018 feeling like a winner! Here are Tips #7-10.

Tip #7 Go and visit a new place.

When was the last time you visited a place you have never been to before? Not all of us do this since we are always tied down with our usual routine. You don’t need to travel far and spend your hard earned savings to do this. There must be places within your community or nearby which remain unexplored (museums, parks, art galleries, local shops and cafes, etc.). These new sites can offer you a new perspective or can stir your creativity. Sometimes by just going out of the comforts of your home can give you that boost of energy you need.  Now, if you have extra money, then plan a short trip whether it is out of town or out of the country. Being exposed to new surroundings or a different culture can help draw out your senses and can help bring new ways of looking at things. They key is to move and be exposed to new elements!

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Tip #8 Surround yourself with positive vibes.                     

Positive vibes are generated from good sources of positive feelings such as family and  friends, even pets. Stay away from people or things which can rob you of your happiness and good disposition. There are people who can drain you with their negativity, leaving you tired, angry and overwhelmed.  Cut ties with these people immediately. Stay within your true circle – those who are life-giving and will truly have your best interests in mind. Spend time with people who matter to you most (and your pets if you have).                                                  

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Tip #9 Relax and Let go! 

Do you feel guilty the moment you start relaxing and letting go of the 100 things in your head? Most of us do! We say just let go and enjoy the moment whether its a road trip weekend you planned with your family or friends or just simply a chill out day alone. Some people cannot resist checking their work emails thru their phones or tablets while on a family day-out. This action not only will go against your personal time out but can also hurt your loved ones as they will be expecting your 100% attention. Keep your work phones and tablets away when its family/friends time or during your “Alone or Me time”.

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Tip #10 Accept yourself. 

This probably is the most difficult to do among the tips (for some). It’s easy to take pride with our strengths but it takes a lot of self clarity and maturity to accept our flaws. Part of Self-Care is being aware of who we are at the different stages of our life and genuinely accepting who we are and who we are not. Let’s stop comparing ourselves with other people. Our comparison point should always be ourselves. How much have we grown from our experiences may they be good or bad. Once we start owning our actions, and accepting the good and not so good in us, we can begin to feel empowered, which is a by-product of Self-Care.

beautiful-hands-heart-5390Now our Self Care tip list is complete. Combining everything now, we have the following:

1. Indulge in a body massage or spa treatment.

2. Break away (temporarily) and head to your personal sanctuary.

3. Be present in the moment.

4. Engage in a new hobby or go back to your favorite one.

5. Regularly care for your physical body.

6. Commune with Mother Nature.

7. Go and visit a new place.

8. Surround yourself with positive vibes.

9. Relax and Let go!

10. Accept yourself.

We hope that you can invest time in trying out any of these (if not all) in your Self Care journey. This is not an exhaustive list, there are other helpful tips out there when doing Self Care.  Tell us about your personal experience when you decide to do any of these tips so we can have it featured in our blog! Always remember you are important, and you deserve to be cared for.  Love yourself. Love the person you were before, your current and your future self.  Start your Self Care experience now!

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If you want to read or re-read the previous Self Care blog entries, you can access these links:

Tips 1-3: https://thegreenboxlearningsolutions.com/2018/03/27/caring-for-the-self-this-international-womens-month/

Tips 4-6: https://thegreenboxlearningsolutions.com/2018/05/22/more-self-care-tips-you-are-worthy-of-love/

If your team is interested to have a customized Self Care Program/Workshop for your team members, we can design and deliver one for you! Connect with us through our email address at: inquiry@thegreenboxlearningsolutions.com or chat/send a message through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TGBLS/.

 

 

 

 

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More Self Care Tips – You are Worthy of Love!

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bill-billboard-empty-953162Finally, here’s the 2nd installment of our Self-Care Blog! Self Care has been a buzz word for over a time now perhaps to address the more agile world we live in.  We deal with a lot of changes by the minute, one barely has the time to cope.

To help refresh your memory, the first 3 tips we shared previously, can be found in this link: https://thegreenboxlearningsolutions.com/2018/03/27/caring-for-the-self-this-international-womens-month/

Here are the next three tips which we think all of us can do to help center ourselves amidst the ever busier life we are into.

Tip # 4 Engage in a new hobby or go back to your favorite one.  

adorable-animal-art-877697.jpgWhat do you consider as your hobby? It usually is a favorite thing you spend your time and money on. I enjoy reading before, until it became book hoarding rather than reading (because I was too busy then!). I always wanted to learn photography but that means I need to invest on my own camera so I need time to save for that hobby to happen. A lot of women and men go into adult coloring now (it became and it is still is a a craze at some point!), which to me is an extension of what we love doing before when we were children.

There are so many hobbies to choose from but what is important is that you enjoy what you do and that it makes you happy! You can try exploring a new hobby or you can always go back to a favorite one — in my case its reading!

Tip # 5 Regularly care for your physical body. 

arms-care-check-905874.jpgWe only have one body so its a must that we take care of it. Make time for a regular doctor’s check-up and laboratory tests. Seek a physician when you are sick and don’t self medicate! Nothing matters when we are down with illness or if we feel weak. No one wants a health scare! Our health is our wealth as they say.

pexels-photo-374632.jpegMake time for exercise as well. It can be just a 15-minute walk, or run.  Others do Yoga, Zumba, Pilates or house chores even! Exercise need not be complicated. Choose one that you enjoy and that you can do without hurting yourself. Always consult with your doctor first which exercise would fit you best. The challenge to doing regular exercise is the will to do it. Focus and be disciplined!

Tip # 6 Commune with Mother Nature.

back-view-beautiful-bloom-906002Spending time with Nature brings a natural high and feelings of peace and contentment. Mother Nature in the form of the mountains, the sea, flowers, forest, valleys, plains (even farm and wild animals) is visually enchanting and brings home a feeling of being one with the Divine Creator.  I always look forward to road trips outside of the city so I can see and smell the trees and all things green. Doing so renews my spirit and recharges my energy.  When we surround ourselves with beautiful things, it helps us generate positive feelings. You need not go far to commune with Nature, you can appreciate your garden at home, or your flower pot inside the house. Take time to appreciate the gifts of nature and be renewed!

beautiful-close-up-color-243221Which of these tips can you do this week? We hope you find time to do your self-care activity whichever suits you.  Remember you are worthy of care and love! Watch out for the last Self Care installment blog next week!

If your team or organization is interested to have a customized Self Care Program/Workshop for your team members or employees, we can design and deliver one for you!

You may reach us through our  email address at: inquiry@thegreenboxlearningsolutions.com or chat/send a message through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TGBLS/.

 

 

 

Of Teaching and Learning

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As 2017 closes in a few days, we say “Thank you” to each mind, heart and soul we met this year who have trusted Green BOX as both their formal and informal teacher.

May the lessons you learned guide you in how you perceive things, in how you win your battles and in how you celebrate your victories.

Cheers to Teaching and Learning! Cheers to Life!

 

 

 

Passion and Compassion

TGBLS joins the world in celebrating World Wildlife Conservation Day!

As HR practitioners and Learning & Development professionals, we at The Green BOX Learning Solutions not only have passion for growing and harnessing the potential of our human resource.  We also value and have compassion for another important type of natural resource – our wildlife.

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Sadly in this day and age, this type of resource is rapidly decreasing mainly due to the activities of “human” resources.  When people cut and burn trees on a massive scale, we consequently deprive wildlife living in forests and jungles of their natural habitats.  When people improperly dispose of non-biodegradable materials in rivers and oceans, marine life suffers the consequences.  When people use animal parts for traditional medicine, clothes and accessories, lucky charms, status symbols, or trophies, hunting and poaching wildlife for this purpose leads to whole species of life becoming endangered or extinct.

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We may think that we are not one of those “human” resources that are involved in bringing about the demise of wildlife. After all, we don’t directly cut trees, nor do we dump toxic waste in the ocean.  It’s also unlikely that we are involved in poaching activities or in illegal wildlife trade.  And so we tell ourselves that we’re not part of the problem at all and that the responsibility of conserving and protecting wildlife falls on the shoulders of government and non-government agencies instead.  And why should we care in the first place?  Some of us may say we’re not really animal lovers nor are we wildlife advocates.  Some of us may say we prefer to focus our energies on improving the human species instead.  Let those who love animals do the heavy lifting in conservation efforts.

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However, this way of thinking is just as damaging as the actual problem.  If we don’t take responsibility for the actions of humanity against wildlife and continue to think it’s someone else’s problem and not ours, then we’ll never be part of the solution.  And we all have a stake in the solution.  UN studies show how even animal agriculture contributes greatly to global warming and thus to climate change, which impacts everyone and everything in the world.  Ensuring healthy populations of wildlife helps maintain ecological balance needed to sustain all life – including humans – while contributing as well to biodiversity. We may be the dominant species on this planet but we are interdependent with all the other species of life on earth.  We need them just as much as they need us.  We cannot survive without each other.

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Today as we celebrate World Wildlife Conservation Day, we recognize those human resources who have both the passion and compassion for this precious and much-exploited natural resource.  One need not be at the forefront of the battle for conservation, but at the very least we can spread awareness on the plight of wildlife.

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As world leaders meet in Paris to discuss climate change this week and the next, there is hope for all species to continue to flourish. Human progress and development need not occur at the cost of endangering wildlife and nature.  Let us all do our part however direct or indirect in saving all species on our planet, and in turn save ourselves.

This article is wriiten by Ms. Katrina Llona – a Learning Consultant in The Green BOX Learning Solutions, Inc. and a Wildlife Advocate. 

When Green meets Green

LSGH HS English Faculty Team

LSGH HS English Faculty Team

The start of the school year frenzy is on! Parents and children couldn’t get enough preparation for the long journey ahead. But they aren’t the only ones gearing up for the uphill climb. The La Salle Green Hills (LSGH) High School English Department Faculty team also had its share in getting “amped” for the school season through a team building workshop held last June 4 through a partnership with The Green Box Learning Solutions, Inc (TGBLS).

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LSGH09The session focused on personal awareness as a step towards strengthening of interpersonal relationships, listening and trust-building. Team cohesiveness exercises were also facilitated highlighting the role of both the formal and the informal leader, cooperation and strategy planning.

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LSGH06LSGH04Over-all, the learners displayed enthusiasm and creativity, more than enough to solidify their vision towards moving as one team, all set for the new school year ahead.

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Customer Engagement brings TGBLS to Cebu!

Finding New Customers and Keeping Existing Ones Happy

When we discovered that our current home’s second floor had termites, I immediately called the pest control company who treated our old house. The technician who came looked capable, informed us of what he was going to do and why and, afterwards, made sure we knew what to do to avoid re-infestation.

That was 10 years ago. We are now living in the south, 2 hours away. There were ads for local exterminators posted on our village’s bulletin board but I wanted that same company, that same technician if possible. That one transaction years ago has made me a loyal customer.

Representatives from the member associations of the Philippine Federation of Pest Management Operators’ Association, Inc.(PFPMOA, Inc.) learned how to build valuable customer loyalty when The Green Box Learning Solutions Team presented “Finding New Customers and Keeping Existing Ones Happy” last November 2013. This event was part of PFPMOA’s 2nd National Convention in Cebu last November 14-15 at the Sarrosa International Hotel, wherein they hosted various learning tracks focusing on the latest industry trends and practices in the Pest Management Industry.

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Expert speakers in-country and outside were invited, and we are honored and happy to have been part of PFPMOA’s historic milestone. In a 2-hr targeted session, The Green Box Learning Solutions Team shared latest research and best practices on Customer Engagement. It was a short but sweet interaction among 160+ delegates from the North to the South of the country plus guests from other ASEAN countries.

The Philippine Federation of Pest Management Operators’ Association, Inc. (PFPMOA) is an umbrella organization of a 6-member association which seeks to unify all professional pest management associations in the country. Part of its mission is to uplift and institutionalize high industry standards and practices in urban pest management. Its member associations are the following:

a. Philippine Association of Professional Fumigators, Inc. (PAPFI)

b. Pest Control Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PCAP)

c. Pest Exterminator Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PEAP)

d. South Luzon Pest Management Operators Association, Inc. (SLPMOAP)

e. North Central Luzon Pest Management Operators Association, Inc. (NCLPMOAI)

f. Pest Control Association of Visayas (PCAV)

Our many thanks to Mr. Ulysses S. Dagan, PFPMOA President, Mr. Joselito U. Aquino, Over-all Chairman, Ms. Evangeline Alonzo, Ms. Emilie Paulate, Mr. Victor Young and Mr. Elmer Baradas for the warm accommodations.

Finding our “Happiness” @ Coca-Cola Far East Limited

TGBLS found its “happiness” when it partnered with Coca Cola Far East Limited (CCFEL)  last August 1st when it facilitated a workshop on Effective Business Email (EBE) at the Bonifacio Global City.

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EBE Participant Manual

(L-R) Toni, Marga, Carl and Sheila

(L-R) Toni (TGBLS Facilitator), Marga, Carl and Sheila

There was a high level of engagement from the participants and resource-wise, everyone was ready with their own laptops (very timely and what we exactly need to carry out the workshop activities).

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EBE – CCFEL Participants (L-R) Sheila, Juvy, Maria and Royce

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EBE- CCFEL Participants (L-R) Marga, Carl, Sheila and Juvy

TGBLS is grateful for the support of CCFEL Project Team composed of Sheridan Simbulan,  Matt Trotter, and Kirsten Co. We look forward to collaborating with your team again.

(L-R) Sheila, Juvy, Maria, Trina Llona (TGBLS Learning Consultant), Royce, Sheridan Simbulan ( CCFEL Service Center Manager, GBS HR – Pacific)

(L-R) Sheila, Juvy, Maria, Trina Llona (TGBLS Learning Consultant), Royce, Sheridan Simbulan ( CCFEL Service Center Manager, GBS HR – Pacific)

(L-R) Sheila, Juvy, Maria, Toni Cielo (TGBLS Learning Consultant(, Royce and Sheridan Simbulan (Service Center Manager for GBS HR - Pacific)

(L-R) Sheila, Juvy, Maria, Toni Cielo (TGBLS Learning Consultant(, Royce and Sheridan Simbulan (Service Center Manager for GBS HR – Pacific)

Interfacing with Customers Talk for PFPMOA and PCAP

TGBLS delivered a talk on “Interfacing with Customers” before an audience of close to 170 Service Technicians from different Pest Control Vendors country-wide last July 24th at the Auditorium of the DCIEC Building, NIA Compound, EDSA, QC. The Skills Enhancement event targets to improve knowledge and skills of Service Technicians both on the job and on their personal wellness. The affair was hosted by PCAP or Pest Control Association of the Philippines, which is part of the umbrella organization – the Philippine Federation of Pest Management Operators’ Association, Inc.(PFPMOA). This is the first formal gathering of Service Technicians this 2013.

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“Interfacing with Customers” Talk by TGBLS with a captive audience of close to 170 Service Technicians representing Pest Control Vendors in the country

TGBLS was invited to deliver a 2-hour talk on “Interfacing with Customers”, a key component in ensuring success for the Service Technicians who carry their company badge during their actual service delivery with their Clients. It is the 2nd time that TGBLS partnered with PFPMOA this year, the first was just a few weeks before this event (Team Effectiveness Workshop, also featured in this blog). The participants were engaged and openly participated in the activity. They freely shared their own personal experiences, both as service providers and as recipients of service during the plenary discussions.

Audience during the TGBLS talk on "Interfacing with Customers"

Audience during the TGBLS talk on “Interfacing with Customers”

Special thanks to Mr. Jessy Aquino, Charter President of the Federation and Training Coordinator and Board of Director of PAPFI or the Philippine Association of Professional Fumigators, Inc., Ms. Emy Paulate, Vice President, PCAP, Mr. Elmer Baradas, President of ENTOM, Mr. Vic Young, Secretary, PAPFI and Mr. Uly Dagan, President , PFPMOA. 

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(L-R) Mr. Vic Young (Sec. of PAPFI), Toni Cielo (TGBLS Learning Consultant)

(L-R) Mr. Elmer Baradas (Preseident of ENTOM), Toni Cielo

(L-R) Mr. Elmer Baradas (Preseident of ENTOM), Toni Cielo (TGBLS Learning Consultant)