HR In The Philippines: The Good, The Bad, & The Less Than Desirable.
While there is no better way to learn about life than through our own experience, it could be said that hearing others is a close second. So today I would like to welcome a very special guest to the Findwork Executive’s seat — Billy Flores.
Billy studied Business Administration and Financial Management at De La Salle Lipa and has working in HR for companies such as V.A. Andrade, S.P. Deloraya Job Contracting, and Solar Philippines. He is an outgoing guy and understands the importance of branding and marketing even within the HR department which we really connect with.
So let’s get into it…
Billy, tell me a bit about you and your story. What brought you to where you are right now?
Human Resources role takes great honour and wide range of responsibilities, a tough but rewarding job ever.
Yes, you read it right, especially if you are a Finance major graduate shifting to HR role from manufacturing industry, to service contractors, up to the corporate world.
Living with St. La Salle values of “Teaching Minds, Touching Hearts and Transforming Lives”, I find myself enjoying HR roles — having the passion working with people, seeing them grow and develop in the industry and become successful. Working with Solar Philippines being HR Business Partner, the industry itself, made me decide to be part of this renewable company, with the vision and mission of enjoying clean and pure energy from the sun, while lessening the dependence from fossil fuels, carbon emissions et al., in a cheaper way ever!
I believe instilling on your mind of helping environment and its people will let you enjoy working.
It sounds like you kept an open mind and that allowed you the ability to pivot in your career. We really respect that because so often people get stuck into doing what they or others “think” they should be doing. Nothing is worse than a life of regret and it sounds like you claimed your stake.
With that I am sure it wasn’t easy. Frustrations, are a part of life and work.
So in your new role, I have to ask, what is the primary frustration about being in HR today?
Everything in HR, once we heard this two-letter word, the first thing that’s coming onto our mind is about manpower needs, — the recruitment.
For me the primary frustration of being HR is when you are not meeting your target head-counts needed by the client. Worst is when you have candidates who will decline the job offer on their start date! What a head-scratching day for HR for you will have to source out again having a short time-frame left. Winning the right talent on a given target date will move you out of those HR frustrations.
I would have never thought about someone declining their job offer on their start date. That’s like getting stood up on your first date. What a disappointment and in some ways an embarrassment for sure.
It sounds like having a way to source rapidly could be a nice thing to have on your side. Almost like a “plan b” per say. Which leads me to the inevitable.
Technology is rapidly advancing, what are the features in technology that would make your life in HR more convenient?
Technology-wise, the social media is of great help in sourcing candidates — LinkedIn, Jobstreet, Indeed, are some web-based portals to name a few.
Also we have these software who will help the HR functions freely and conveniently — from the HRIS to employee engagement software. With these advancements in software, I believe HR may focus directly on sourcing candidates with different job portals thereby meeting the organization’s demands.
Maybe I am reading into this wrong but it sounds like there isn’t necessarily a centralized solution as of yet for sourcing or at least to meet the bulk of HR’s needs — tech wise. But at the same time each platform has its unique strengths and weaknesses. So in a way, you are hedging.
Nonetheless, things are changing and I wonder as we move toward the future what we will see. Specifically in the way of automation, augmented reality or virtual reality and it’s applications in the workplace.
How do you envision HR as we move towards 2020?
Envisioning HR by 2020, lots of mobilization will be on the line. I may say HR people has less works to be done enabling technologies do some outsourced jobs for them.
Empowerment on the essentials of recruiting on the right candidates at the right time will boost. Statistically saying there will be high numbers of matched candidates with client’s needs. Works will be divided steadily thereby allowing each facets in trend.
You said it exactly with “enabling technologies”. We feel the same. The automation isn’t something to worry about either. When Xero accounting first launched so many accountants were afraid because they thought they would be out of job. What happened though as we all know now, is that it freed them up to focus more on advising their clients through better financial management because they had new data sets previously unseen.
So hindsight is always 20/20 but what would be your singular most important piece of advice to new applicants applying to a job posted by you today?
The usual advice that I’m giving to every candidate is that to let them always allow themselves for learning. Every day is a learning process; don’t be afraid to try something out of the box; don’t be afraid to fail.
If the very first job seems doesn’t suit you well to what you really want, still make the best out of everything; enjoy and take some lessons from it. Moulded by your experienced through each acquired involvements and know-how of everything, you’ll become successful.
Excellent advice Billy. We really thank you for taking time out of your week to be interviewed by us. Looking forward to following your career and how you progress.
Billy Flores is a HR executive who graduated from De La Salle Lipa in finance. He recognized a strength in human resources and pivoted his career in 2012. He has over 5 years experience with SME’s and is a leader within the industry.
You can follow Billy Flores either by Linkedin or Facebook:
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billy-flores-b786a410a/ Facebook : https://web.facebook.com/billyc0816
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