I am not going to compare Filipino Virtual Assistants to others from other countries, but in this article, I will simply showcase the Filipino culture and how these values make Filipinos great Virtual Assistants.
The truth is, culture and values have so much to do with how people treat other people; it affects our attitude in the workplace. A person’s culture is so embedded in him because he grew with it and is influenced by it.
The Philippines, being an archipelago with 7,107 islands and about 120 to 175 distinct dialects all over the country, have developed a certain culture that helps them thrive in their professional field whether they are in their own country or overseas.
Below are some Filipino culture that makes them great Virtual Assistants:
Bayanihan (cooperative endeavor)
In the past, Filipinos live in a Bahay Kubo or a hut. A hut is a stilt house made of bamboo and pine tree leaves. It is usually elevated from the ground to keep them safe from animals. Sometimes, when our ancestors have to transfer to another location, they would carry the whole Bahay Kubo and people will be helping to carry it.
This has become a culture that Filipinos have the heart to help when they feel there is a need. Can you imagine, for a busy entrepreneur like you who needs all the help so you can focus more on income generating activities, you need someone who has the heart to help.
Respect is a very common culture in the Philippines. Filipinos respect bosses in the same way they would respect their elders. One practice that we do is pagmamano which is a gesture performed as a sign of respect or accepting blessings from the elders. It would be very rare the a Filipino Virtual Assistant will leave you hanging for a task undone. She will make sure that she is able to finish the task given to her because it is a gesture of respect.
The Philippines has been ranked 72 in the world happiness index in 2003. We have been battered by typhoons, political trials, and economic crisis but still, the Filipino people always rise above his situation. You need this kind of character when you are working with a Virtual Assistant. You need someone who will never give up easily.
Aside from the Philippines having good education and English as a second language, these values and culture make it easy to work with a Filipino Virtual Assistant – ask our existing and past clients and they will say that it is fun working with them.