Cultures, beliefs, and personality traits vary in the workplace. It is very important that workers are guided by the company’s human resource policies and a common set of work values.
On April 25, 2018, the Foundation’s Human Resource Department (HRD) conducted a seminar on policies and work values for the officers and staff of the General Services Department and Administrative Office as well as some farmers of the TYKFI field office in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.
Emelda Mateo, head of HRD, said the seminar encouraged mutual understanding and building good relationships among the participants. For one day, Ms. Mateo shared some guiding principles with the office staff and farmers so they could jointly establish and adopt these positive work values and attitudes in the farm.
Work Ethics - willingness to work hard and produce quality output
Adaptability - willingness to adapt to changes and to be flexible in various situations
Dependability and Responsibility – ability to follow company rules and regulations/policies, especially on punctuality and attendance; to be responsible in all their actions in and outside of the workplace as they represent the name and serve as mirrors of the company
Honesty and Integrity – ability to show honesty and integrity in all dealings and work transactions and following safety and security policies
Respect – ability to show respect for officers, supervisors, and co-workers at all times.
According to Ms. Mateo, the workers now exhibit excellent performance in their work and in adopting what they initially thought were hard-to-follow rules and regulations. She added: “They begin to realize that their beliefs and traits differ from each other, even if they live in the same community. They now understand their role in the workplace and how valuable their presence and contributions are in the farm.”
The seminar was made interactive for trainees to participate and react to the lectures. One farmer commented on attendance and absenteeism: “‘Pag may absent sa trabaho, kulang ang tao at ‘di magagawa ang kailangan tapusin sa araw na iyon (When one is absent, there is not enough personnel and the job will not be fully completed for the day).”
At the closing of the seminar, the Administrator, Mr. Philip Sing, encouraged the workers to share their thoughts and experiences in an open forum. The seminar has indeed paved the way to providing the farm workers more opportunities for continuous learning.