When it comes to benefits that you should give your OFS (Online Filipino Specialist), you have a lot of options.
First and foremost, there’s the 13th month. It’s not legally required but it’s something you should do because it’s something most Filipino expect when they have a full-time job and it’s a great motivator. And it doesn’t cost much. It’s only an extra month’s salary and pro-rated, so you can easily include it in your business cost.
Another benefit you can give is Philhealth. It’s a form of socialized medicine that helps them get discounted medical care. It costs around $15/month.
There’s also SSS, which is their social security. This is where they get their other benefits, like maternity and unemployment.
Pag-Ibig is a socialized housing loan. It’s one of those things they would want to have but not everybody needs it. So ask their VAs if this something that they want.
Another thing I offer my OFS (Online Filipino Specialist) is paid time off and holidays. I don’t put a limit to it. As soon as they get things done (and they let me know beforehand), they can get paid time off as often as they need. If you’re not comfortable with that, you can set limits to it. But in my experience, my workers have never abused this benefit.
A new benefit I’ve offered my workers in the past few years is health insurance. We got a health insurance provider so they can have most of their medical care covered. They’ve used it for their medical needs and it doesn’t really cost me much.
Offering benefits to your Filipino workers goes a long way in motivating them and inspiring loyalty. I talk about this and more in my book, the Outsourcing Lever. I am giving away physical copies, you just need to pay for shipping. There, I’ll show you how outsourcing changed my life and business and how it can change yours too.
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About John Jonas
John Jonas is a long-time outsourcing expert and the creator of OnlineJobs.ph.
Since 2005, John has taught hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs how to profitably delegate to VAs in the Philippines (and get their lives back in the process).
With help from his own VAs based in the Philippines, John has created an outsourcing empire that allows him to work 17 hours/week and to spend most of his time with his wife and 5 kids.
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