Working from home requires the right balance between work and personal life. This prompted Globe Telecom to ensure that its over 8,000 employees remain engaged even when they do not meet each other face-to-face.
Since working remotely is a new setup, which many people only tried when the Enhanced Community Quarantine took effect last March, Globe deemed it is necessary for the company to provide as many opportunities as possible for its employees to stay motivated and productive while ensuring that both their mental and physical health are taken care of.
“With the majority of our workforce being spread out, it is easy to feel isolated, lonely, and anxious. Morale may sink, and they may lack a sense of belonging. Even when at home, Globe employees work as hard or even harder than when they were in the office. So we encourage them to take a breakthrough fun and educational podcasts, physical activities with fitness coaches through Zoom and Workplace by Facebook, well-being webinars, and a lot more. We may be physically distant from each other but we keep ourselves virtually connected,” said Renato Jiao, Globe Chief Human Resource Officer.
Aside from company-led activities, the leaders themselves spend time with the employees by sharing company updates, tips, and personal stories. Groups within Globe are also empowered to conduct their own teaming sessions to maintain positivity among the members.
The Globe Store family in Trinoma, for instance, makes it a point to elevate each other’s mood through games, online contests, and activities especially during the first few weeks of ECQ. The team collectively agrees that these activities helped them to remain sharp and ready to deliver when they reported back to the store last May 30.
“Nung nag start yung ECQ, naging concern sa amin yung mental health ng isa’t isa, like depression and anxiety. Inisip namin, paano na kami ngayon na nasa bahay nalang at wala sa loob ng Globe Store. Hindi naman po pwede na puro huddle-huddle na lang. Kaya po kami nagpapa-activity at mga games para po kahit dito lang sa Zoom para mawala yung mga negative thoughts at maging magkakasama po kami,” said Jaraa Bianca Lumaguip, Globe Retail Specialist.
Recognizing the importance of mental and physical wellness, Globe also regularly holds online seminars and discussions on various topics, ranging from home workouts, stress-busting, healthy home-cooked meals, to staying positive in isolation. It also lets employees virtually bond with each other through quiz nights, emoji games, trivia, jamming sessions, and more, all through The Good Vibes Club podcasts. Some of the podcast attendees even volunteered to host future podcast sessions.