Businesses amidst Pandemic
We’re still in the midst of a global pandemic with many variations in rules, guidelines, and procedures based on which state, county, and community in which we work. While many businesses remain working remotely, many others have begun to open back up.
So how do you navigate around the locational challenges associated with today’s disparate regulations given where one's work isn’t necessarily where one lives, therefore having different guidelines to follow?
Certain businesses labeled essential have been allowed to continue running, with a few rules implemented to maintain safety measures. Public markets are strictly implementing the rules of social distancing, with some municipalities providing “mobile palengkes” to their citizens. Other essential services such as hospitals, food establishments, and banks also continue to provide work for their employees.
However, people who had jobs in what are considered “non-essential sectors” are now taking the negative blow of this new normal. Some employers are unable to provide full compensation or work from home arrangements. Employees who live in other cities are having difficulty traveling to their workplace due to checkpoints. Other companies have suffered such a great loss that they had to let some people go. The pandemic has been crippling both Filipino families and businesses alike.
The pandemic has disrupted the way organizations conduct their business. However, based on the collected responses, a majority of the participating companies are progressively providing additional benefits and support to employees to minimize the impact of the pandemic to their business and workforce in the Philippines.
Eighty percent of the companies surveyed have implemented or are considering the provision of additional support to employees through the advance payment of 13th-month pay (prorated), granting of additional bonuses, hazard pay for skeletal workforces, and unchanged leave benefits.