Filipino Workers Just Want to be Respected, According to Jobstreet Survey

One of their priorities? Work-life balance.
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A Jobstreet survey has confirmed that Filipino workers just want to be respected. This isn’t a new concept to the average struggling Filipino employee, but it’s the first time that it’s been backed by data.

According to Jobstreet’s survey Laws of Attraction, salary and compensation, career development opportunities, and work-life balance are the top three drivers of employee attraction in the Philippines. When it comes to company culture and management, Filipinos seek environments that are professional, respectful, and give recognition when it's due. Meanwhile, when it comes to colleagues and co-workers, Filipinos want to be surrounded by people who are respectful, professional, and fun.

In the biggest study of its kind in the Philippines, Laws of Attraction asked more than 18,000 working Filipinos what they looked for in a company during the job-hunting process, and the results prove that Filipinos wants to be part of organizations that reward them well, invest in their growth, provide flexibility, and contribute to society. Market position and company size are secondary worries to Filipino job seekers if a company promises to let them have a healthy work-life balance.

The study also found what made Gen Zs and Millennials tick, as well as how vastly different the profile of the younger generations are from the average Baby Boomer. According to Jobstreet, while Baby Boomers (aged 55 to 64) place salary, occupational safety, and professional management and colleagues over anything else, Gen Zs put more value on career development, workplace diversity, positive environment, and collaborative management.


From the entire pool of respondents, Jobstreet found that its male respondents prefer jobs in the computer (hardware), engineering, IT consulting, automotive, IT outsourcing, and IT software industries. Meanwhile, female respondents prefer travel and tourism, healthcare and medical, accounting, hospitality, and government.

As to how employers can attract a Gen Z and Millennial workforce, Jobstreet revealed that Millennials place more importance on salary and benefits, while Gen Z value management and leadership style above other things, but job security will grow in importance as Gen Z gets older. 

So there you have it, the data has spoken. How employers interpret this data is entirely up to them, whether that means providing more overtime pay and health benefits or improving leadership styles. The image of the ideal workplace has evolved to one that is respectful, flexible, and collaborative, and if employers want to attract the best of the best, it’s time they adapt accordingly.

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