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

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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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A Whole New World: The Role of Leaders in a Multicultural Environment

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Take a look at your workplace, is any of these familiar: some if not all members of your team are located in another city or in another continent even; your work group is composed of people from different departments and report to different managers, coming in at different shifts, maybe speaking different languages; your entire team shares one office but when you interact and work together, it sometimes feel that you all come from different planets, with misunderstanding multiplying the time and effort it takes to get things done.

A new  challenge is beWoman Having Birthday at Working faced by leaders today,  how does one manage employees’ perception that they are isolated  from co-workers and are set apart at work and how do you maintain  productivity and morale as offices feel  less like an employee’s home away from home and feels more like an  impersonal and technology- driven paper factory? Remarkably, these feelings of disengagement are brought about by our growing reliance on technology to communicate, on the need to work with others across distances and on the growing diversity in a workforce that is not just increasingly global in culture but also  becoming a mix of people from four different generations.

Last November 12, the Rotary Club of Pasig East through Past President Ammie Llona, invited the Green BOX Learning Solutions Team to talk to its members and guests about this leadership challenge. The Green Box Team delivered a short but well-received talk titled “Leading in a Multicultural Environment”  for the audience composed of  entrepreneurs, people leaders  and managers from government agencies, community organizations  and businesses.

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The speaker des1cribed what are commonly known as  “Virtual Teams” , work groups who, while having shared goals and responsibilities, has the added challenge of having to  see and talk to each other mostly through electronic media like phone, e-mail or web chat.  Members of such  teams are usually  divided  by physical distances  such as geography, site location and /or time zones  or  work shifts.

The part of the talk though that generated the most interest was the discussion on the  psychological distance that may exist  between the members of a Team even when they are in the same location and sharing the same shift.

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The Green BOX speaker described the conditions that cause  geographical distance, operational distance and affinity distance and the effect of each on the employee and on the team’s ability to collaborate and work smoothly together.  During the presentation, members of the Rotary Club of Pasig East and their guests took notes and frequently nodded, perhaps recognizing the effects in their own teams and companies. The talk ended with practical steps that a leader can take to  reduce the effects of physical distance.

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Among the techniques a leader may use to reduce physical distance were: scheduling  meetings fairly and maximizing the benefits and uses of face-to-face interactions. To bridge operational distance (which occurs when technology fails, is abused and /or is inappropriately or incompetently used)  leaders may discourage multitasking when over the phone, communicate more precisely and use a commonly understood language avoiding jargon and acronyms.

Affinity distance (which is brought about by differences in social status, culture and lack of a pre-existing  personal  relationship among members)  may be mitigated  by appreciating individual accomplishments and skills, providing opportunities for informal interactions when members can network, connect, and share personal experiences and establishing a culture of respect for various communication and working styles.

IMG_0814The short talk emphasized the  importance of having a diverse team capable of providing for everyone’s benefit  a wide range of work experience, different approaches to problems, creativity and innovative thinking that may not be possible in a  more homogenous work environment.  Such diversity  can be found built-in into virtual teams ready to be maximized.  business womanHowever, since such a diversity may bring out conflict among members, especially in a  geographically spread team,  it is a Leader’s  responsibility to  establish and promote an  environment  that  is  open and inclusive, embracing  and appreciating  individual members and  sustaining warm personal relationships even across distances.

For our host that evening , The Rotary Club of Pasig East, itself is an organization  of great diversity bound by a common need to be of service to their community, the talk was  both an eye opener and a helpful learning add-on to their weekly meeting.

This blog is authored by Majalla Gabrielle “Gabbie” Silverio. Gabbie currently works as a Learning and Organization Development Consultant in TGBLS. She had HR L&OD career experience in industries such as the BPO and Automotive. A graduate of B.S. Physics in U.P. Diliman, Gabbie enjoys writing for the TGBLS blog, reading, and playing as the favorite aunt to her grade 1 niece, Miko. 

You’ve got a Green Box Mail!

Filipinos are known for their warmth and hospitality. This should make Customer Service a cinch but how can the caring and concerned attitude be shown through non-face-to-face interactions with internal and external customers? Communications provider, PhilCom wanted their Sales employees to demonstrate customer orientation and effective service even through e-mail and The Green BOX Learning Solutions Team was there to assist them as designer and facilitator of “EFFECTIVE SALES COMMUNICATION TRAINING.”

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Using a simple but powerful model of Message, Medium and Measures, the PhilCom Sales Team analyzed real life e-mail. By comparing their responses against standards and principles, they were able to identify points for improvement and rewrite clearer, more professional and customer pleasing email communication. The learning experience was rounded out with the module on Artful Listening where they gained a new, learning-oriented approach to this most important but commonly underrated and badly-practiced skill.

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At the end of the training, PhilCom Sales Professionals went through a practical skill assessment and wrote his/her own responses to actual customer inquiries. By applying the guidelines they learned, the PhilCom Sales Team ensured that they can seamlessly transfer their experiences and skill they gained to the workplace. In the end, the customers and the business win again.

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.