The benefits of flexible scheduling for remote workers

When it comes to finding jobs in the Philippines, work from home arrangements have become especially popular among job seekers, and research suggests that remote work and other flexible working models will be the norm for the foreseeable future. Trends also show that remote jobs are more likely to receive applications than in-person jobs. Additionally, more and more job candidates count workplace flexibility among the top three factors to prioritize when choosing a workplace.

Although many Philippine businesses were initially forced into adopting more flexible scheduling during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more employers have also come around to the benefits of flexible work arrangements. They’re well aware, for instance, that more flexibility widens their hiring pool beyond those who are able to report to their company’s physical office, allowing them to work with employees in any part of the country and even the world. There’s also copious research to verify the positive influence workplace flexibility has on employee engagement, productivity, and ultimately profitability.

Are you a business owner contemplating the possible advantages of offering more flexibility to your employees or a job seeker wondering what a job with a flexible schedule can do for you? Read on for a deep dive into some of the most compelling benefits.

Makes Employees More Productive

More traditional employers are often of the mindset that the more time employees spend at work, the more they’ll get done, but modern research has disproven this claim. Recent studies in fact draw a positive correlation between productivity and work-life balance, indicating that companies that prioritize flexibility enjoy doubled employee output. This is because when given the freedom to work when, where, and how they like, most employees will develop setups that allow them to be maximally productive and deliver high-quality results.

Traditional in-person working models are also full of interruptions and distractions that can compromise workers’ productivity. For one thing, having to commute to the office alone is already stressful and time-consuming for many employees, particularly in urban centers with problematic public transport systems and frequent traffic jams. Furthermore, ambient noise, procrastinating co-workers, and other factors can also keep employees from working their best once they’ve settled down at their desks. Flexible work schedules eliminate these variables entirely and give employees more leeway to create the working environments that are most conducive to them.

Supports Good Physical and Mental Health

Healthy, happy employees not only do their best work, but they’re also in a good position to continue doing their best work for much longer. Employees with flexible work schedules have more freedom to pursue activities that improve their physical and mental health, such as exercise, eating more balanced meals, and spending time with loved ones. And the better your employees are doing physically and mentally, the less stressed and more focused they’ll be when it’s time for them to hunker down and work.

The positive effects of work-life balance on physical and psychological well-being are both numerous and well-documented. A balanced work routine reduces stress levels, improves mood and concentration, and reduces a person’s risk of developing mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Work-life balance also alleviates the detrimental effects of stress on the body, such as elevated blood pressure, poor sleep, and migraines. In the long run, flexible working arrangements can lower the risk of serious diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, and certain cancers.

Boosts Employee Retention

Because workplace flexibility is so closely associated with job satisfaction for modern workers, offering employees flexible working arrangements makes them more likely to stay with your company for the long term. High employee retention rates can help boost your company’s reputation in your industry and will make you look especially good to potential hires. Moreover, if your employees choose to grow along with your company for the long term, this choice can lead to even greater productivity and more opportunities for innovation.

It’s likewise important not to underestimate how much better a high retention rate is for a company’s operating costs. Employee turnover is highly costly to manage, considering the amount of time and resources companies have to spend on recruiting, screening, onboarding, and training new hires. If your workforce is full of people who are committed to staying with your organization for the long run, on the other hand, your company will be able to get more done from day to day.

Opens Up Opportunities for Professional Development

Flexible work arrangements make it easier for employees to explore opportunities for professional development, such as workshops, conferences, and further education. For example, employees who work remotely can perform their tasks while attending out-of-town seminars or training sessions. Meanwhile, employees who are interested in going back to school can build their class schedules around their work hours. The skills and knowledge that your employees stand to gain from pursuing these opportunities will both enrich their lives and contribute positively to your company’s bottom line.

On the whole, flexible working arrangements have copious benefits both for businesses and for the people they employ. Embracing flexible work is key for modern businesses to attract and retain top talent, maximize productivity, and outpace competitors.


Sun Life and Donny Pangilinan team up to promote health and financial wellness

There’s no question about it: it’s Donny Pangilinan’s time to shine. The young star has projects left and right, numerous billboards that sport his charming smile, and a fandom that is incredibly supportive of his engagements.

Donny is making the most of the opportunities coming his way. However, the glitz and glamor of showbiz can easily distract from the reality that it all comes with hard work, commitment, and even sacrifices. The busy schedule and daily pressures can take a toll on one’s health, both physical and mental, and Donny knows this all too well.  

It’s a good thing that he grew up knowing just how important it is to take care of his body and mind, having been an athlete from a young age. He has raced in triathlons and competed in basketball tournaments, among others.    

“Health has always been a top priority for me,” he says. “One important thing I’ve learned is to plot not just your work schedule but also your workout schedule. Don’t just revolve your work around your workouts. They must revolve around each other.”  

He also makes it a point to protect his mental health. “It’s essential that we find a safe space to express ourselves,” he muses. “At the same time, we must also listen to others and be present for them when our capacity allows it.”  

Donny reaps the fruits of good health in more ways than one. Apart from being physically and mentally well, the discipline and drive he has developed also extends to his finances. At only 25 years old, he has already invested in real estate and recently secured a health insurance plan.  

“I don’t splurge anymore,” he shares. “I’m very hands-on now with my savings. I do still have moments when I treat myself and invest in memories through traveling or experiences, but I make sure that a big percentage of my money goes to savings and investments.”  

Donny recognizes that others, especially those from his generation, may not have the capacity to secure their finances just yet and are still working hard for it. “I encourage them to avoid comparing their journey with others because everyone is on their own different road. Instead, find a group that will motivate and inspire you. Surround yourself with people who will help you reach those goals,” he advises.  

It is this levelheadedness about building his own brighter future that Donny was selected by Sun Life Philippines to be its health ambassador specifically for the younger generation.

“We’re excited to have Donny on board because we share the same advocacies,” said Sun Life Chief Client Experience and Marketing Officer Carla Gonzalez- Chong. “Moreover, he is both a credible and inspiring model for the youth. We look forward to working with him as we strive to help the Gen Z secure their future.”

Donny is currently at the forefront of the digital activities for Sun Life’s new health campaign, where participants will not only get to learn how they can protect their health but also have a chance to win exciting prizes. He will also be a part of the Sun Life Cycle PH, which will be held on April 23 at the Vermosa Sports Hub in Cavite.

To learn more about the #SunLifeWheelOfLife campaign, please visit

Details provided in a recent press release.