Our best kept secret
ACCORDING to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the employment rate in January 2016 was estimated at 94.2 percent. Three regions, namely, Central Luzon (92.5%), CALABARZON (92.5%), and National Capital Region (NCR) (93.1%) had employment rates significantly lower than the national figure. The labor force participation rate (LFPR) in January 2016 was estimated at 63.3 percent. The labor force population consists of the employed and the unemployed 15 years old and over.
Employed persons fall into any of these categories: (1) wage and salary workers, (2) self-employed workers without any paid employee, (3) employers in own family-operated farm or business, and (4) unpaid family workers. Wage and salary workers are those who work for private households, private establishments, government or government-controlled corporations, and those who work with pay in own family-operated farm or business.
In January 2016, the wage and salary workers made up 63.2 percent of the total employed, with those working in private establishments continuing to account for the largest percentage. They made up 48.5 percent of the total employed in January 2016. The second largest class of workers were the self-employed making up 25.8 percent of the total employed in January 2016. Unpaid family workers accounted for 7.7 percent of the total employed.
Underemployed persons who work for less than 40 hours in a week are called visibly underemployed persons. They accounted for 51.4 percent of the total underemployed in January 2016. By comparison, the underemployed persons who worked for 40 hours or more in a week made up 47.5 percent. By sector, 44.8 percent of the underemployed worked in the services sector, while 37.2 percent were in the agriculture sector. Those in the industry sector accounted for 18 percent.
The unemployment rate in January 2016 was estimated at 5.8 percent. Among the regions, Central Luzon (7.5%), CALABARZON (7.5%), and NCR (6.9%) had unemployment rates significantly higher than the national figure.
Among the unemployed persons in January 2016, 63.4 percent were males. Of the total unemployed, the age group 15 to 24 years comprised 48.2 percent, while the age group 25 to 34, 30.9 percent. By educational attainment, 19.7 percent of the unemployed were college graduates, 14.5 percent were college undergraduates, and 32.9 percent were high school graduates.
This current labor stock data of our country posts the need for us to value our work. Finding a “rare-to-find-nice-to-have” labor opportunity in our current job market, somewhat alludes to the fact that we need to treasure every opportunity we have to excel in the jobs we have. Here are some of the TIPS I recommend:
There is no substitute to doing your work excellently: You should not just do your job, perform, serve or produce but you should go a few more steps farther. You should do your work excellently. Be the best of who you are, do the best of what you do.
Be productive: Productivity is measured not just by doing things excellently but also by doing them quickly. Time is of the essence in doing things. You don’t just do things and produce but you should also not waste time in the process of doing things.
Work on time, be on time: While it is stated that you should work only within a specified period of time, you should show up for work and end your work on time. It is always proper behavior to show up for work 15 minutes before your required time for work. It is also proper behavior to rest at the prescribed rest period and end your work on time.
Take care of equipment, machines and tools: These things are investments, which your employer placed their money on. Because equipment, machines and tools are capital investments and are expensive, your employer expects you to take care of them.
Be clean, work clean: Be neat in yourself and also in your work. Appear for work not just in proper attire but also having showered and groomed. You should also be neat in your work. Clean up your work place after your task and clean up your tools and arrange them properly after your work.
Develop good relationship with your employer and with your fellow employees: Your work environment does not only include tools, equipment and materials. They also include people whom you work with and people who have charge over you. In order to have productive work, you should have good relations with your fellow employees and with your employer.
We owe loving our job to all those around us -- to our customers, colleagues, partners, family and most importantly ... to ourselves. “If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).
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