Have you been planning to work from home? Here are tips from experienced professionals that you might find helpful in your plan to start a career while you are at home.Â
(Got these tips from my Jobstreet email subscription)
Hundreds of millions of people are on lockdown as the world battles the coronavirus. As our front linersâ€”health workers, security and maintenance personnel, police officers, soldiers, supermarket employees, pharmacists, delivery ridersâ€”continue to protect and serve us, many of us have the tremendous fortune of being able to work from home.
While these are days that can fill us with restlessness and anxiety, letâ€™s find ways to be both calm and productive. Here are some tips on how to stay focused while working from home.
Have a designated workspace
This could be a corner of your dining table, a small desk and chair in your living room, or one end of the couch. No matter how small, a designated workspace will help your brain stay in work mode. If the only workspace you can set up is in a communal area, keep all your work things in a bag or box for easy set-up and pack-up.
Keep your workspace tidyÂ
When you can find what you need when you need it, youâ€™re more productive. Clutter can distract your brain from the task at hand. A clean, organized workspace keeps you focused.
Make a schedule
Working from home means having to juggle both your personal and professional responsibilities. Whether youâ€™re living alone or with others, there are chores to be done, people to take care of, and errands to run. Making a schedule will allow you to maintain a clean home, which is very important as we battle the coronavirus. It also lets you set boundaries with your co-workersâ€”working from home doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™re on-call 24/7. Plus, if you have children, theyâ€™ll knowâ€”and happily anticipateâ€”when they can have quality time with their parents. Establishing a routine is also best for mental health, bringing consistency and structure during an uncertain time in our lives.
Get ready for the day as though youâ€™re going to your office
Because thatâ€™s where youâ€™re headed, even if itâ€™s just ten steps away. Take a shower, put on some nice clothes (not your pajamas), have a healthy breakfast, organize your workspace, and get cracking.
Stay away from social media
Easier said than done when weâ€™re all anxious to know whatâ€™s happening around us. But anxious is the operative word hereâ€”itâ€™s just going to stress you out and distract you from your work. Limit your online activities as you focus on your tasks.
Make time for exerciseÂ
This becomes even more important as we stay indoors and live in uncertain times. If youâ€™re a morning person, you could exercise once you wake up. If you tend to get sleepy mid-afternoon, a quick workout could give you an energy boost. If you used to hit the gym after work, then you can exercise once youâ€™ve finished the dayâ€™s tasks. It can be a short, ten-minute HIIT workout, or an hour-long yoga sessionâ€”whatâ€™s important is that you get moving.
Not all of us are fortunate enough to be able to work from home
Letâ€™s be grateful we have that choice and the resources to do so. Letâ€™s continue to stay home, practice good hygiene, and find both calmness and productivity indoors. Be safe, everyone!
On October 17, 2019, Lamudi successfully held
The Outlook Real Estate Conference 2019 at the Makati Shangri-La, bringing
together industry thought leaders from all over the country to talk about the
hot topics in the Philippine real estate sector.
The Outlook: Philippine Real Estate Conference
2019, with co-presenters Philippine Daily Inquirer Property and Holcim
Philippines, provided an avenue for insightful discussion spanning a wide range
of topics from sustainability to alternative ways of investing in real estate.
The major sponsors for the event are the
International Workplace Group and SMDC, and the official TV partner is Cignal
TV. The Outlook Conference has also teamed up with event partner Subdivision
and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), and media partners Philippine Daily
Inquirer Property, Business Mirror, Business World, Malaya Business Insight,
Manila Standard, and Philippine Star.
The Role of Developers in Making
the Philippines More Sustainable
The Outlook Conference started strong with its
first track, â€œTaking Sustainable Action: Addressing Climate Change Through Real
Estate,â€ where moderator Cathy SaldaÃ±a, Managing Director of PDP Architects,
steered the conversation into a topic dear to her heart. The panel revealed
that though different companies are already pioneering efforts to use solar
energy, waste management, and water recycling to be more sustainable, there is
a need to adopt a more global, top-down approach to initiate change that will
The panelists for this track were Cecilia
Domingo, Vice-President and Head of Meralco; Gian Carlo Valerio, Chief
Executive Officer of Solana Land; Ram Maganti, SVP for Marketing and
Innovations of Holcim Philippines Inc.; and Gay Santos, a financial inclusion
The Philippines is blessed with sun and rain,
SaldaÃ±a noted, both of which can be harnessed as sources of energy. Maganti
also mentioned the scarcity of fresh water, prompting the company to use
recycled water as part of their sustainability efforts. Domingo talked about
the residential and commercial efforts started by Meralco and its subsidiaries,
from solar panels to e-sakay as an initiative. According to Domingo, the
Meralco compound has already banned single-use plastic, and are active in
tree-planting initiatives for carbon reduction.
Real Estate Marketing for a
The second track, â€œNew-Age Customer
Experience: Transforming Real Estate Marketing in the Age of Disruption,â€
moderated by Deborah Ong, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Lamudi, explored
the role of disruption in shaping a new breed of real estate clients along with
strategies that should be adapted to thrive in this new consumer environment.
The panel discussed the â€œendâ€ of the mall to give way to online shopping, and
how this prediction years ago failed to take into account the adaptability of
Filipinos to change. What could have ended an industry sparked disruption,
giving rise to the changes in the way people do business and how consumers
The panelists for this track were Thomas
Mirasol, General Manager of Federal Land; Marco Antonio, President & CEO of
Century Properties; Tek Samaniego, Property Editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer
Property; Jose Soberano III, CEO of Cebu Landmasters; and Eugene Lozano, First
Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Megaworld Corporation.
Lozano, who has witnessed the transition from
traditional to digital marketing, said there is now a focus on Google
Analytics. To successfully implement these changes, Lozano mentioned the
importance of informing key people in the team. â€œWeâ€™ve been very busy
re-training, providing lectures and materials to different key people just to
keep up with the digital transformation of marketing strategies nowadays.â€
â€œThe consumer today is more demanding,â€ Ong
â€œAnd they really want to get their moneyâ€™s
worth,â€ Samaniego added.
Uncovering New Real Estate Sales
â€œFresh Perspectives: Mapping Evolving Real
Estate Salesâ€ was moderated by Bhavna Suresh, Chief Executive Officer of
Lamudi. The third track leaned towards preparing the sales team for new
business models, strategies, and practices that improve how real estate is
offered to customers. The panelists mentioned the importance of likability and
trustworthiness, the human touch, malasakit,
and thinking beyond after-sales.
The panelists were David Rafael, President
& CEO of Aboitiz Land; Beth Ventura, President of Anchor Land Holdings,
Inc.; Ricardo Lagdameo, First Vice President of Damosa Land; and
Raphael Felix, President of Phinma Properties
Inc. and Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA).
Rafael admitted to wondering about the future
of real estate. â€œWill we ever reach a point where people would buy property the
way they buy food from Foodpanda or they buy a shirt from Lazada?â€
Upon pondering, however, Rafael has come up
with an answer: â€œAt the end of the day, the human person buying property will
really still need to talk to a human person.â€
Startups and Their Exploration of
the Sharing Economy
â€œParadigm Shifts: Exploring the Sharing
Economy in Philippine Real Estateâ€ explored the changing Philippine conditions
and the rise of startups that have led to the growth of the sharing economy.
Eric Manuel, of Arch Capital Management, moderated the track, which discussed
the commute as a major pain point for residents who eventually decide to move
to co-living spaces. The very young population of the Philippines wants to be
measured by their performance, not their timesheet. Co-working spaces, on the other hand, allow
young professionals to expand their network.
The trackâ€™s panelists were Jelmer Ikink, Group
Director of MyTown; Nick Padilla, Co-founder, CEO & Space Captain of
Kahon.ph; Paul Rivera, Co-Founder & CEO of Kalibrr; and Lars Wittig,
Country Manager Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, S. Korea for
International Workplace Group.
Shared spaces answer the tenantsâ€™ need to
escape the commute. Ikink further noted that the future of work, especially its
definition, will change over time and to address this, they are working towards
a zero-commute lifestyle. This means working, living, and all amenities will be
in the same space.
Choosing Investments: From POGO
â€œChanging Face: Uncovering Alternative Ways to
Invest in Real Estateâ€ zeroed in on the drivers of investor demand, the new
investment opportunities available in the market, and how the market can tap
into these to encourage a robust real estate economy. The moderator, Cignal
TVâ€™s news anchor Danie Laurel, asked about the viability and sustainability of
POGO as an investment. Panelists also recommend diversifying as a smart way to
The fifth and final trackâ€™s panelists were
Richard Raymundo, Managing Director of Colliers; Mikko Barranda, Associate
Director of Leechiu Property Consultants Inc.; Iluminada Sicat, Assistant
Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; and Noel Rapadas, Senior Vice
President and Chief Finance Officer of Torre Lorenzo.
Sicat presented an interesting fact that will
help guide investors in diversifying their portfolio: â€œWe did an assessment of
the impact of POGOs on the price of our residences. There was a sudden increase
in the price of rent, but if you look at the net contribution of POGOs, itâ€™s
not that big, actually.â€
Raymundo also noted that if POGOs did not
come, â€œthe rents would have corrected anyway.â€
Rapadas mentioned that there is still a long
way to go for these kinds of investments to be sustainable. He urged investors
to look at what drives prices up, and suggested following a fixed plan to see
growth. Rapadas also said that despite the increase in the prices of real
estate, the Philippines is still relatively cheap compared to other places for
investment in Asia.
Projects Shaping the Filipino
Keynote speaker Vince Dizon, President and
Chief Executive Officer of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority
(BCDA), shared the plans for New Clark City as part of the Build, Build, Build
program. New Clark City is planned to be the Philippinesâ€™ first smart, green,
and resilient metropolis.
The Outlook Real Estate Conference also gave a
platform to Virlanie Foundation, a private, non-profit and non-sectarian
organization reaching out to marginalized children and communities in the
Philippines. Lamudi and Virlanie launched a partnership program, Cherish-A-Home
Fundraising, to help the disadvantaged, abused, neglected, and abandoned
children through in-kind and cash donations that will improve their quality of
life in any of the foundationâ€™s eight homes.
The Outlook Conference: Future
Lamudiâ€™s The Outlook: Philippine Real Estate
Conference 2019 gathered real estate thought leaders to share their insights on
the pressing topics facing Philippine real estate today. The event leads up to
Lamudiâ€™s Outlook Awards: The Philippine Buyersâ€™ Choice Property Awards
scheduled on November 14, 2019, at the Makati Shangri-La, where property
developers from all over the Philippines gather to celebrate the outstanding
achievements that shaped the country and steered it to a greener future.
The winners of the awards are determined by a
panel of judges and a survey involving 10,000 active property seekers.
To know more about The Outlook Awards 2019, head to
Lamudi, the leading
real estate platform, brings together some
of the industryâ€™s leaders for The Lamudi Real Estate Conference 2019, a one-day
event that aims to highlight key trends and important conversations about the
Philippine property sector. The conference, which is scheduled on October 17,
2019, will run from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM at the Makati Shangri-La.
Lamudi has tapped the
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bases Conversion and Development
Authority (BCDA), Vince Dizon, to be the keynote speaker for the event. Top
personalities in the industry will also be present to talk about five topics
essential in the evolving real estate sector.
Five Tracks to Drive Conversation
The conference will
discuss the following tracks:
Taking Sustainable Action:
Addressing Climate Change Through Real Estate
New-Age Customer Experience:
Transforming Real Estate Marketing in the Age of Disruption
Fresh Perspectives: Mapping
Evolving Real Estate Sales
Paradigm Shifts: The Sharing
Economy and the Real Estate Market
Changing Face: Uncovering
Alternative Ways to Invest in Real Estate
For the track â€œTaking Sustainable Action: Addressing Climate Change through Real Estate,â€ panelists talk about a pressing matter internationally and locally–climate change. With developers putting effort to integrate sustainability into their developments, panelists will discuss notable features that set the benchmark for efficiency. Cathy SaldaÃ±a, the Managing Director of PDP Architects, will moderate the track featuring panelists Cecilia Domingo, Vice-President and Head of Meralco; Carlo Valerio, Chief Executive Officer of Solana Land; Ram Maganti, SVP for Marketing and Innovations of Holcim Philippines Inc.; and Gay Santos, a financial inclusion specialist/advocate.Â
â€œNew-Age Customer Experience: Transforming Real Estate Marketing in the Age of Disruptionâ€ will have moderator Deborah Ong, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Lamudi. Panelists Thomas Mirasol, General Manager of Federal Land; David Rafael, President & CEO of Aboitiz Land; Tek Samaniego, Property Editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer Property; and Marco Antonio, President & CEO of Century discussing how the real estate industry rises to the challenge of improving customer experience in the digital age.Â
The third track, â€œFresh Perspectives: Mapping Evolving Real Estate Sales,â€ tackles changing customer behavior and how they impact the sales strategy of real estate marketers. This topic includes discussion about the new business models, strategies, and cutting-edge developments that sparked new ideas and best practices in the industry. Lamudiâ€™s Chief Executive Officer, Bhavna Suresh, will be the moderator for the topic. Panelists include Jose Soberano III, CEO of Cebu Landmasters; Ricardo Lagdameo, First Vice President of Damosa Land; Raphael Felix, President of Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA); and Beth Ventura, President of Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.
â€œParadigm Shifts: The Sharing Economy and the Real Estate Market,â€ moderated by Arch Capital Managementâ€™s Eric Manuel, presents panelists an opportunity to discuss their views on the sharing economy, a key trend popularized by freelancers and small businesses that is now impacting the real estate industry. Panelists Jelmer Ikink, Group Director of MyTown; Nick Padilla, Co-founder, CEO & Space Captain of Kahon.ph; and Paul Rivera, Co-Founder & CEO of Kalibrr will talk about the impact of co-working and co-living trends on real estate.Â
Guests will also discuss the track â€œChanging Face: Uncovering Alternative Ways to Invest in Real Estate,â€ which highlights the drivers of investor demand, with a focus on environmental, social and governance-related, and disruptive technology. The discussion will also touch on real estate investment trusts (REIT) to inform the audience of their alternative investment options in todayâ€™s real estate market. The panelists for this track are Richard Raymundo, Managing Director of Colliers; Mikko Barranda, Associate Director of Leechiu Property Consultants Inc.; Iluminada Sicat, Assistant Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; and Noel Rapadas, Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer of Torre Lorenzo.
About Lamudiâ€™s Real Estate Conference
Started in 2017, Lamudiâ€™s Real Estate Conference is a way of recognizing leading industry
projects and developers that have shaped the real estate sector. The event, in
partnership with Philippine Daily Inquirer Property and Holcim Philippines,
gathers an esteemed group of thought leaders to share their insights on the
pressing topics facing Philippine real estate today.
Lamudiâ€™s Real Estate
Conference 2019, to be held on October 17, gives way to The Outlook Awards: The
Philippine Buyersâ€™ Choice Property Awards scheduled on November 14, 2019, at
the Makati Shangri-La. The awards gala night brings together property developers from all over the Philippines
to celebrate the outstanding achievements that shaped the country and steered
it to a greener future.
The winners of the
awards are determined by the panel of judges and based on a survey involving
10,000 active property seekers.