Since Christmas is around the corner, I decided to tackle something that most of you aren’t aware of. Here in the Philippines, a law was passed that mandated employers to give their employees a 13th month pay which is equivalent to one month’s pay divided by 12 times the number of month’s worked in the calendar year. You can find a detailed explanation of the 13th month pay at this excellent outsourcing blog.
For someone on the receiving end, it would be a pleasant surprise if my employer will actually send over a 13th month pay. I know it is not required for them to do so, but all in the spirit of Christmas, it would very much be appreciated…and will make me one very happy outsourced worker (finally a Kindle, yes!). It will also give me more reason to work harder and better for my employer.
Loyalty is really something you should look for in an outsourcer and you can do that by treating them right.
Why do I say this? If you don’t have a focused and loyal outsourcer, you will end up with half-baked projects. Because then, your outsourcer will have several employers draining her efforts for different projects. It is therefore important that you value your outsourcer so that even if times are slow on your end, you don’t lose her to another great opportunity from another employer.
I am one excellent example of this. Before I met my current employer, I had 5 employers, working for each of them part time. I kept on jumping from one employer to another because I didn’t feel that they valued me and my efforts. I felt that they were only after the articles I wrote and that’s it. I’m merely someone who writes. But all that ended, when I met my present employers.
With them, I’m not only a virtual assistant but also a mom, a wife, a person…and that’s what is important. I have been working with them for about 9 months already and I am very happy. I finally found my home.
And believe me, if an outsourcer knows you will take care of her, she will be loyal to you no matter what it takes, especially Filipino ones. 😉
So, here’s to a very merry Christmas ahead of us!