Why Filipino talent is so successful globally
“How is it that Filipino’s work so well abroad?”
“What is it about Filipino talent that allows them to fit in, in so many different countries?’
They are great questions. Filipino’s currently work in over 100 different countries around the world. And no matter where they work, Filipinos have a reputation for being excellent employees and team members.
There are several key elements that help us understand how the Filipino community has earned such a positive and well-deserved reputation globally.
I’ve narrowed it down to six logical factors – plus another one that may take some imagination on your part.
Let me explain.
The six ‘logical factors’ are as follows (they don’t require too much explanation)…
1. Family Values
Filipino’s are known for their strong commitment to their families. Most Filipinos are not seeking work just for themselves. They’re doing it for the ‘greater good’.
For almost every Filipino, this means they are doing it for their family (and extended family) back home. Whether they are working in the Philippines or abroad, the importance of “family values” translates into the workplace as well. This is through their strong commitment to their team, and team members, treating them as an extension of their families.
2. Good Cultural Fit
Instilled in the Filipino culture is their naturally hospitable and generous nature. They are welcoming, polite, and love to connect with people from all around the world. These characteristics are another reason that they are able to get along with people from all different countries and cultural backgrounds.
3. Commitment to work
The first question I get asked by Filipinos when I collect them from the airport is generally: “Is there a church nearby?” The second question is usually “Is overtime available?”
The eagerness of the average Filipino to do extra work is both surprising and very attractive for many employers. Clients often tell me that they know that if they ring up a Filipino worker to come in an extra day or stay for overtime, they’ll jump at the chance.
4. Education and English
Education is a major part of the Filipino culture. And beyond education, most go on to further their skills in trades that are highly demanded globally.
And although English isn’t their first language, Filipino’s also have an extremely high command of English. All Filipinos are taught English through high school which allows them the option to further their education either in the Philippines, or even abroad. This contributes greatly to their success in being placed in roles outside of the Philippines, as they have minimized a major barrier to successful integration that a lot of immigrants face when trying to get work in many English-speaking countries.
5. Utang na loob
Yes, you read that correctly. Utang na loob is a Filipino cultural trait that’s a little difficult to explain.
It describes a sense of indebtedness and loyalty. Most Filipinos who have the opportunity to work abroad for the benefit of their families, feel this towards their new employers.
6. In some countries, the prospect of permanent residency
Filipinos may be able to make living and working abroad in more favorable countries a dream come true, for both themselves and their families.
This is an attractive proposition and one that they don’t want to waste.
The six factors outlined above all apply in the vast majority of cases. But you’ll probably hear at least five of them from any Filipino recruitment company you ask. They’re no secret.
They all help to explain why Filipinos work out so well abroad but they don’t get to the real heart of the matter.
It’s like trying to cook your mum’s amazing recipe; you have all the right ingredients and follow the instructions to the letter, but it just doesn’t taste the same.
There’s something missing…an x factor. When it comes to the success of Filipino talent, this x factor is the real clincher…
7. The sacrifice made and the opportunity presented
The way I explain this is:
If you had the opportunity to change not only your own wealth and the prosperity of your family, but for all future generations of your family, what sacrifice would you be prepared to make for that?
Can you even imagine being given that opportunity?
You have the chance to move from a developing country like the Philippines, with the poverty, difficulties in finding work, low salaries, and so on; to moving offshore to a country with different lifestyles, greater technology, better workplace conditions, where you get paid more than what you are currently earning back in the Philippines. You may even have the opportunity to relocate your family.
The sacrifice that Filipinos have to make to reach this reality is unimaginable to many. They must leave their families and loved ones; take a leap of faith into the unknown; set up in a foreign country where nobody knows them; place trust in the good faith of others…
Filipinos make this sacrifice because the opportunity to positively influence lives both now and in the future is so great. They simply won’t throw this opportunity away. It’s a truly life-changing experience.
If you were in the same position, how hard would you work to make it a success?
If you have any further questions about hiring the best Filipino talent, get in contact with us here: https://tprc.com.au/
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