June 21 is National Wellness Day

Did you know that 9 of the 10 leading causes of death in the philippines are health related? And did you also know that just by eating better, making small lifestyle changes and doing moderate activity on most days of the week, we can reduce the risk of many diseases and increase our quality of life?

The People Management Association of the philippines (PMAP) is advocating health and wellness in the workplace as one of the most important issues that companies need to address today. With this, PMAP will hold a nationwide event called National Wellness Day that  is envisioned to be participated by various companies in the country, both PMAP and non-PMAP members, on June 21, 2013.

During a media roundtable interview recently, PMAP President Evelyn Grace C. Sorongon said that through the years, the organization have organized employee activities like sports fests, family day events and the likes for its member companies. “This time, we want to come up with an activity that will help promote awareness among employers and employees about the importance of being physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.“  

PMAP also presented a suggested program format that companies can use as a guide for a half-day event that they can organize in their respective workplaces. It includes company-sponsored healthy lunch and snack; learning sessions on work-life balance, holistic and spirituality; and the 7-Minute PMAP Wellness Moment, a quick wellness activity that involves stretching and meditation to be done simultaneously across the nation by employees at exactly 3:00 pm on June 21, 2013

The wellness moment involves the following activities: (a) 2-minute stretching/ self-massage, (b) 2-minute of silence (to pray or meditate), (c) minute dance/ jog in place/ jump or hop and (d) 1-minute clapping/ laughing or handshakes with colleagues.

Companies who will join in the event are encouraged to document their participation through videos and/ or photos and send a copy to the PMAP Secretariat to be included in the list of companies who will be recognized with a workplace wellness certificate during a PMAP event.

PMAP led by (starting 4th from left) PR and Publicity Committee Director-in-Charge Jesse Francis N. Rebustillo, Fellowship Committee Director-in-Charge Michelle G. Guce and and President Evelyn Grace C. Sorongon invited members of the press for a media roundtable event to promote the upcoming National Wellness Day on June 21, 2013.

Furthermore, on October 2013, PMAP will hold a fun run at CCP Grounds, Pasay City as the culminating event of the organization’s efforts in promoting workplace wellness this year. Aside from targeting more than 1,500 participants in the fun run, the event also aims to provide a venue for different organizations to showcase their respective wellness initiatives.

 “We encourage all our members to participate in this worthy activity likewise to discuss to your employees our advocacy on how to stay fit and become more productive members of our society,” Sorongon added.

For queries regarding the event, interested parties can contact Ms. Agnes Junio of PMAP through tel. no. 726-1532 loc. 306 or email agnes.junio@pmap.org,ph. Details are also posted on www.pmap.org.ph.

The benefits of a high speed internet access

A lot of SMBs have yet to discover how the Internet can be a powerful tool in reaching out to their markets, doing research to get new ideas and information—and as a result, make more timely, accurate and strategic business decisions—and for conducting critical communications or even closing deals with business partners.

Let’s look at the ways that SMBs can take advantage of the Internet, especially when they use a high-speed Internet connection from Globe Business.

Company websites

Websites let SMBs to have a presence in digital, online world. According to one estimate, there were some 2.27 billion Internet users in 2012. Just think of getting a share of that market.

A website allows consumers a specific place where they can go, akin to that of an office building. It can be a place to learn more about the company, its products, and its services, or put in inquiries and suggestions. Furthermore, because a website is privately owned, it allows SMBs to express themselves. Having their own website means that they present it in however way they want to present themselves to others.

Blogs, Social Networks

More and more businesses are using Blogs and Social Networking Sites. These sites engage your market in a more direct, more personal way. Posts you make on these sites are quickly “shareable” among the members of the social networking community. These sites share information, generate interest and buzz, and promote an image or foster goodwill about the company, its products and services.

Consumers have the option to engage in conversation with the company. And the company is also in a situation where they can initiate this interaction. It perks up people’s interests because then the company doesn’t seem like just another corporation. They begin to see the company as one of them; someone who shares their interests and wants to know more about them.

Of course one must alert their consumers about the company’s online presence. E-mail blasts are a quick way to making sure that consumers are aware of a company’s place in the internet. They can be as brief or as detailed as one would like.

Within all of this, high-speed Internet connection will definitely play a role. High-speed internet means that one can update their website on a daily, or even hourly, basis. Keep it updated and make sure that, when consumers visit the website, they will know everything that has happened involving the company. “Within all of this, high-speed Internet connection will definitely play a role.”

Blogs and Social Networking Sites can also be updated quickly using high-speed Internet. Replying can be instant, thus continuing the flow of an actual conversation with consumers. High-speed internet also means that one can post regularly, thus giving the consumers something to look forward to. Knowing when the next update will be posted will give consumers more reason to visit one’s blogs.

Communication

Most important of all, SMBs can rely on high-speed internet for maintaining communication internally and externally. For businesses established in various branches, one can save time and cost from making phone calls or even travelling to these locations.

High-speed Internet means that e-mails can be sent and received at any time, from anywhere. If e-mail is not the desired platform for discussion, there is also the option of having an online, Web-based video conference. This way, one can meet with all involved members, even if they are located far from each other.

It would also be the best place to set network with other companies. They may not be in the same country but it is possible to get them to endorse one’s business. Meetings can transpire through e-mails and video conferences. Instead of having to travel to one’s office, one’s online presence can serve as a portfolio to present endorsers.

Contracts and documents won’t have to take days to be delivered; if e-mail storage is not enough, there are sites which offer space for uploading huge files. Supplies and products that will help the business can be ordered from the Internet, saving the inconvenience of having to go to that specific shop that is out of the way or out of the country.

In our Information Age, the Internet is a necessary tool for anyone who wants a successful business. It provides a wide range of sources; not just for information but also of consumers. Furthermore, it’s not simply about exposing one’s business; it’s also about expanding it. With the right mix of presentation, content and connection, one could become a well-established business recognized worldwide.

Globe Business offers high-speed, reliable, and secure Internet connections to help in an SMBs growth. Learn more about how high-speed Internet and other Globe Business products and services can do for you by visiting the nearest Globe Store; logging on to  www.globe.com.ph/payrollcloud;or calling +632 730-1010.

Globe Business is the corporate arm of Globe Telecom, the leading mobile telecommunications company in the Philippines. Globe Business provides wireless and wireline solutions for a diverse set of industries, businesses, and commercial enterprises. It assures SMEs of affordable, reliable, and dependable services for all communication needs, both wireless and wireline solutions, to generate the highest possible profit at the lowest possible cost.