Manila’s Modern Work Culture: The hows and whys of a happier workplace

August 12, 2017

For any member of Manila’s modern work force, it is no question that office culture has greatly evolved. The rise of start-ups, open office spaces, and millennial-owned businesses has caused a shift in how Filipinos do their tasks and interact in the workplace. Gone are the days when the “ideal” office consisted of uniformed workers punching numbers in their closed-off cubicles for 8 hours a day. Now, companies are going through great lengths to make office culture more enjoyable, and ultimately, more productive for employees.


Collaboration over command

A decade ago, it would be the chain of command would always be evidently in place every office. The “big boss” or CEO would have the only and final say in every policy or strategy, while the department heads relay the same commands to their underlings. Nowadays, the more progressive companies encourage collaboration and brainstorming among all employees, almost like a democracy.

Employees are also made to wear several hats, and take on experiences that go beyond their job title. Sales and marketing officers often collaborate to organize events, while photographers and graphic designers work together on visual materials. This type of culture not only imbibes a sense of collaboration but helps employees develop more marketable skills as well. And overall, this helps develop well-rounded individuals that makeup the workforce.


Technology breeds time and cost efficiency

Technological advancements have allowed companies to save time and money through digital interactions. Back in the day, a formidable chunk of every company’s budget would be dedicated to transportation and food costs related to meetings outside of the office. These costs are more easily managed through online video calls and virtual meeting venues.

The digital space also allows companies to have a diverse set of workers. Online video calls have made it possible to hire freelancers who choose to work from home, or even workers from another country who can work remotely.


 Workmates are family; the office is the second home

Due to constant collaboration and open communication, the workplace has developed into a second home for many workers. Since companies are making efforts to have harmonious relationships, and comfortable areas in the workplace, employees tend to find better fulfillment in doing their jobs. Relationships between colleagues are also less stringent, and tend to be equally personal as they are professional. Superior-subordinate relationships also have a touch of personal, as some companies allow employees to refer to their immediate superiors with their first names instead of the usual “Ma’am” and “Sir.” Such practices encourage honest interactions, and comfortable collaboration among employees, and even develop substantial, familial relationships in the workplace.


These are just a few examples of how the modern office culture in Manila has helped and enriched work-life balance among workers. There are many more ways in which work culture has become healthier, which are magnetized by office spaces that enable creative collaborations among employees. For options on office spaces that inspire productivity and creativity for businesses, check out Xentralhub’s available spaces.