Solutions to Why your OFS Sometimes Work Mindlessly – Practical Advice

Over the last few episodes, I talked about the possible reasons why work is done mindlessly.

An OFS doesn’t do mindless work most of the time because mindless work is not natural to Filipinos. Filipinos like doing their best in anything they do; they go above and beyond what’s expected of them.

There will always be a period when things go wrong, and your impeccable OFS suddenly turns in work that’s not up to par. When this happens, the reason may be stemming from any of these five: fear, power distance index, quantity over quality, laziness, or family culture.

These reasons were given to me by my OFSs. I asked them what they thought leads to mindless work, and these five were the top reasons.

I asked them because I wanted to understand, from their perspective, what could be going on. I did not expect them to share what they thought could help solve the “mindless work” syndrome.

One of them thought that maybe, mindless work could be eradicated if the worker knew the whys of their tasks. Another mentioned keeping an open line of communication. Someone also said that rewards can motivate them to do better and always be mindful of their actions.

I share their feedback in this video.

The more I read about what they had to say, the more I see a pattern — remove fear, open communication, and let them be a part of something. They want to be a part of a family. 

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About John Jonas

John Jonas is a long-time outsourcing expert and the creator of

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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