10 Things Millennials Look for in a Company

By Alisa Docena, Content Department Intern

It is estimated that by 2020, at least half of the global workforce will consist of millennials—a generation mostly labeled as “self-absorbed” and “entitled”. As someone from this generation, I think our motivations are a little bit misunderstood. It’s not that we are expecting everything to be handed to us, it’s just that we are more assertive because we want to make the most of everyday. We are hungry for experiences and we seek employers that take time to consider the needs and expectations of our generation, and understand where we are coming from. In return for understanding, we will pour our hearts and souls into our work, because time is too short to not give your 110% all the time.

A couple of months from now I will officially step out of school and step into the corporate world. As an intern at TeamAsia, I saw firsthand how millennials like myself thrive in a workplace. And as I seek to make my mark, I hope I find a good balance of these 10 things at the company I am lucky enough to be a part of:

  1. Culture

Millennial or not, most employees would find an eight-hour shift exhausting. However, workplace culture can always either improve or aggravate our attitude towards work, especially when the load is heavy. A positive work environment promotes workplace collaboration, so whether even if work turns into 12-hour shift,  that positive attitude towards achieving a common goal makes it all worthwhile. Personally, I can be thoroughly motivated by a workplace culture I see myself comfortable in, where I can work effectively, either individually or with a team.

1. Culture

The TeamAsia culture—young and vibrant.

  1.      Inclusivity

As someone who supports equal rights, I would consider the inclusivity of a company before I apply for a job. It is important to me that the employer I will work for supports the same values I do. I would consider it my pride to have the opportunity to work in a company that accepts their employees regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion, and sees applicants for their skills and determination to get the job.

2. Inclusivity

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  1.      Personal Development

Aside from skill development, I also look for companies that will not only train me for the job, but will also let me expand my horizons and discover new things about myself. I want a company that will provide me plenty of room for improvement, both in my skills and personality, by allowing me to be myself and by addressing my failures and mistakes in a way that will keep me motivated to do better next time.

3. Personal Development

I gained new insights on the e-commerce industry when I was chosen to join the UREKA Forum team.

  1.      Innovation

Innovation widens my creativity, allowing me to experiment on new ideas and think of new concepts to execute my work. I prefer a working environment that will constantly encourage me to challenge the norms, and will guide me to discover and explore new opportunities in my line of work.

4. Innovation

My supervisor allowed me to draft some of the team’s writing projects. I got to ask questions and I received immediate feedback on my drafts from the Editorial Manager and the Content Director, which inspired me to write thoughtfully and purposefully. After each exercise, I had a better grasp of what it takes to write for an agency (and it definitely was not easy–kudos to all creative agency people, I am in awe).

  1.      Benefits

To be honest, although the paycheck is one of the main things to consider, I also value the benefits I will gain from the companies I will apply to. If I will be given similar compensation packages by two different companies, I would prefer the company with better benefits, good work-life balance, leadership opportunities, and flexible working conditions rather than the company with a higher pay. For me, a company that offers employee perks such as health, dental, retirement, and financial spending plans benefits, is definitely one to consider.

5. Benefits

Interning at TeamAsia allowed me to experience the daily grind at an IMC agency. TeamAsians are fun and laidback but their work calls for whiplash speed and it’s here that I’ve seen how creative people are able to draw inspiration from everything — whether it be the people around them, their surroundings, or the big wide world of the internet (hah!) but in the end it’s passion (and for editorial — thorough research) that brings everything together.

  1.      Passion

Companies that show how passionate they are for their craft and at the same time support the interests of their employees are surely on my list of target companies. I believe that this is the kind of passion that drives an organization’s success. I would like to be part of a company where there is intentional support from the whole organization to work towards a common goal and where I can pursue my interests.

6. Passion

On the right is the breathtaking view from the TeamAsia pantry–which is inspiration in itself. I was lucky enough to have worked with people who are passionate about what they do. TeamAsia is filled with millennials like me but everyone works to be at the top of their game and I’d like to be just like that in my career.

  1.      Challenge

Like most people in the corporate world, I follow the path that leads to the acquisition and enhancement of skill and talent. However, I am looking for something more than that. I would like to work in a company that would not only allow me to use my God-given gifts, but will also challenge my abilities. I look forward to what’s in store for me, and I am excited to be able do the things I never thought I can for me to reach my fullest potential when it comes to my field of work.

7. Challenge

TeamAsia’s Internship Program required that I create and present a communications plan for the Director of Content and representatives from Public Relations, Media Relations, and Editorial team to assess and evaluate afterwards. I was a little intimidated coming into it but as I got to work alongside the Content team daily, I was very excited to present when it came to my final day at TeamAsia.

  1.     Stability

Financial stability is one of the reasons why people look for jobs. They want to be able to provide for their own and their family’s needs without having to deal with crises. I am no exception to this. In this world where it is considered lucky for one to not have to fear for his/her tenure to be cut in a few months, I persistently search for companies that offer job security.

8. Stability

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  1.     Corporate Social Responsibility

People who search for jobs now have more access to a company’s background because of the internet, compared to how it used to be before the digital age. I leverage on this to thoroughly get to know prospective companies and to make sure that my values are aligned with the values of the company I will apply to. One of the indicators of a company’s values is their CSR program. Through this, I am able to determine what the company cares about, allowing me to assess its relevance to me.

9. CSR

Every year, TeamAsians give shoeboxes filled with school supplies to students through their CSR program, My Dream in a Shoebox. Everyone contributes in preparing these gifts and there are volunteers who join the gift giving days.

  1.   Fun!

Like my peers, I constantly look for fun and adventure wherever I go—yes, I look for it even in the workplace. Although the traditional atmosphere of a typical office is not a stranger to me, I still expect to have fun every once in a while, even amid busy and tiring work days. Whether the company hosts fun office games or planned-out company outings, any activity will surely fill my tank!

10.2 Fun

My internship in TeamAsia also gave me new friends who made work more fun!

I may have a lot of expectations when it comes to my employment experience, but whether I am embarking on my first job or the fifth, I am always after this one goal: to work for a company where I can serve my purpose and make an impact.

After my two months of internship at TeamAsia, I can say that I am better prepared to take on the challenges in my next journey as part of the corporate world.

A day in the life of a PR girl

by: Florence Joy dela Cruz, Senior PR Associate

Public relations can be a tiring job. Creating PR plans, scheduling media interviews, and making sure the brands we handle enjoy a good reputation can take its toll, but it can be extremely rewarding. PR is basically storytelling, and I enjoy creating wonderful stories and experiences for our brands. One of the brands I handle is Google, and one of the things I look forward to is YouTube FanFest!

 

The YouTube FanFest, or YTFF, is a live event featuring international and local YouTube creators. The event aims to create opportunities for YT creators, fans, and the media to find new ways to connect with their audiences. It began last year when a tweet #BringYouTubersToManila trended worldwide, and now it’s back for its second year!

 

I was nervous at first to meet these internet sensations, but after handling them last year, it became easier this year. We went to interviews with them and got to know them on a personal level. We also became friends with their managers. Well, sort of! My personal favorite is the a cappella group The Filharmonic,  who I watched at The Sing-off, a singing competition featuring a cappella groups. I was so starstruck that I was lost for words when I met them for the first time. We even taught them Filipino words!

 

Fans were also excited to meet them. They got to interact with the YouTube creators at the YTFF Meet and Greet, where many fans came out crying because they met their idols. To top if off, the YTFF Night was pure entertainment. Seeing these creators perform on stage felt like we were stage parents waiting for our kids to come out and perform! It was a great honor to see everyone having fun by watching their favorite creators on stage.

 

Doing the PR for one of Google’s biggest events is tiring. Imagine waking up as early as 1am and staying up late to take care of international YouTube creators for several days in a row. But it was all worth it. Most importantly, I am doing what I love: telling the world about my brand.

 

Check out some of our behind-the-scenes photos below:

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No rest for the weary. Team call time is at 1am, but we’re still looking fresh. #TeamNoSleep #AirportWelcome

 

Sneaky fangirl

Sneaky fangirl. Day 1 of media interviews and I’m trying to get them all for a phoro. Look! Niko’s smiling!

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One down, two more to go! The first of three interviews scheduled for the day. Bring it on! #Day2ofMediaInterviews

 

 

Lucy shot!

Lucy shot! Our last chance to get a group picture with the boys. Look at Kuya Mike, the bodyguard, smiling at the back!

 

Downtime with these three.

Downtime with these three. While waiting for the next interview, the team had a chance to rest for a while at Nobu Hotel. Fancy!

Ibang level na sila!

Ibang level na sila! Here are Vince and Steph posting for a photo with Gab Valenciano and Tanner Patrick after their Rappler interview. (Photo courtesy of Rappler.com)

Lucky Shor Number 2!

Lucky Shor Number 2! Mikey, Alex, and Wengie are just some of the YouTube creators we got to know during the YTFF. They’re really fun to be with!

It's not over yet!

It’s not over yet! The day’s not over yet as we had to go to and check out the venue.

A selfie a day takes the bad vibes away.

A selfie a day takes the bad vibes away. Nobody can tell that we haven’t got enough sleep. Look at us! All smiles and ready for this day’s battle! #BringItOn

Registration tradition.

Registration tradition. I take photos of the media registration table before the event starts every time. It’s me saying “Hello! Bukas na po ang ‘tindahan’.”

 

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Husshhhh! Press conference is ongoing!

Husshhhh! Press conference is ongoing! We’re a bit jampacked today. It it just me or everyone’s really excited to ask questions?

 

Side by side interviews with the creators.

Side by side interviews with the creators. The Filharmonice boys with Tanner Patrick during the excluisive interview with the Philippine Star anf Gist magazine. Other exclusive interviews were with Wengie with Wengie with Cosmo.ph, Tyler Ward and  Alex Wassabi with BusinessWorld but they are in different rooms.

A girl should never forget her birthday.

A girl should never forget her birthday. And oh, yeah. It was my birthday two weeks ago. I almost forgot about it!

 

Post presscon group picture.

Post presscon group picture. Yay! Press conference is done! One down!

 

Sneakers=Lifesaver

Sneakers=Lifesaver During events, sneakers are my most reliable friends. They are comfortable and easy to wear. I can run around the whole day with these bffs on!

 

Off to the next venue!

Off to the next venue! Nobu Hotel to the World Trade Center? Easy peasy!

Awww. Dog.

Awww. Dog. While the fans are doing Meet and Greet with YouTube creators, here I am petting this adorable Labrador. Look at that face. Isn’t he cute?

#YTFFManila2016

#YTFFManila2016 And the show starts in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!

Always 'selfie' ready!

Always ‘selfie’ ready! In between breaks, the team never forgets to smile when there’s a camera in front.

PR + Media Represent!

PR + Media Represent! My good friend (and schoolmate… and PR ‘Major-mate’), Vberni, is in awe of YTFF. It’s his first time and he’s looking forward to the next ones!

Fan mode ON!

Fan mode ON! Connor Franta walks in and we’re like “WAAAAAAAAAAAH!”

It's a wrap!

It’s a wrap! What a show! That, my friends, is YouTube Fanfest!

Post event debriefing.

Post event debriefing. Cramped in a little room labeled “Secretariat”, we’re still in high spirits after the event.

 

 

YTFF Ninjas.

YTFF Ninjas. Running back and forth WTC is no joke but we don’t look tired at all! Cheers to another successful event! See you at the Next FanFest!

 

 

 

 

geTAway 2016

by Monette Hamlin, TeamAsia President and Founder

It’s been a yearly tradition for our TeamAsia family to have a summer outing. It’s a time to stop and smell the roses, or better yet, to stop the frantic pace of work, get out in the sun and play, laugh and get to know each other better outside of work.

 

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Last year, Bea and I could not join because we had to go to Bangladesh, so this year, we were determined not to miss the fun. Bea joined the group in the bus, and I followed with Niccolo as I had to give a talk on The Business of Meetings, Conventions and Conferences to the Philippine Council of Association Executives (PCAEE).

This time around, we went to Stilts in Calatagan, Batangas. This is a picturesque beach resort with houses built on stilts. Our family was assigned to Wishes, the stilt house closest to the beach. The house is comfortable and airconditioned with a wrap-around veranda. My favorite spot is the hammock. I love the sayings painted on wood scattered around the resort.

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This trip, the committee decided to lessen the activities to allow as much chillin’ time as possible. The only challenge posed to the five teams was to create a one-take music video at Stilts that best presented the Kalma vibe wearing their team caps.

Bea, Niccolo, Denise and I comprised the board of judges, and we were all laughing out loud watching the videos prepared by the Yellow Bright, Lively Lime, Passion Red, Big Green and Inspire Blue teams. Even the White team committee got into the act and had their own.

Inspire Blue won hands down with Levon Frilles, recovering from his traumatic week, cavorted with gusto as he pretended to talk to me on his mobile phone while the rest of the team were relaxing. Next was Yellow Bright with Anna Limon swaying to the music as her wheelchair was pushed by Maricel Salialam, and Darwin Santiago danced while draped on the table. Coming in third was Big Green with macho men Leo Halili and Meynard Landrito dressed in bikinis sashayed along the stilts carrying their big green umbrellas. Lively Lime, Passion Red and White all did admirably as well.

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As we do monthly, we sang for the birthday celebrants as they held their individual cupcakes. Our April celebrants were Bea, Zyra, Francis and Junel.

And then came the initiation of the newbies, where they were given the choice of performing or butt spelling their name. Meynard gamely sang striking a pose. The rest of the newbies — Emerson from Accounting, Monica from Accounts, Mazee from Telemarketing and Dezza from Media Relations — opted for the butt spell. Dezza had everyone dazzled with her limber rendition of the butt spell, prompting Anna’s thought bubble of ‘hmm, cursive’ while Bea’s was ‘on point, with a squiggle.’

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After dinner, everyone settled on just having fun, jamming, playing beer pong, swimming, chatting, and drinking. The mommies in the group put their children to bed. Since I hardly had any sleep the night before and wasn’t allowed to drink any alcohol, I went off to bed early.

The next day during breakfast, stories abounded on who passed out, who fell into the pool, who won the beer pong, who had a hangover, and so on. We transferred to the pool to spend the rest of the morning swimming and relaxing.

Soon it was time to leave and bid Stilts adieu, but not before having a TeamAsia family picture. Kudos to the organizing committee!

Woman’s edge

The female advantage at work

By Karen Balce, Program Operations Manager

I remember working for a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company and telling myself, “I thought this is my dream job, but it’s not, and I’m glad I figured it out while I’m still young.” I looked back and checked what I enjoyed the most during my brand marketing role, and I realized it was doing events.  And like it was meant to be, a good friend of mine told me about TeamAsia and told me I should apply. After almost three years, I’m still here doing events for the company.
I started like how most people in the team began: doing smaller roles, assisting project managers, learning the tricks, and familiarizing myself with the job and the scope of work. It was all somehow new to me but I agree it was a learning process. I remember my first project was not the grandest event, but the fulfillment of finishing an event, regardless of its size, is the same to me.

Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) team

With the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) team at the Social Enterprise Conference in 2014

In my opinion, most of my events were fairly challenging. They were all unique, and they each had their own challenges I had to conquer. My favorite projects were the toughest ones because they pushed my capabilities, my limits, and my skills. I believe that’s how I progressed and grew in this industry.

In events, there are certain skill sets that make being a woman an advantage. Traits such as patience, creativity, being a perfectionist, being attentive to details, and being able to handle emotional stress are usually associated with women and have helped me in my projects. But the women in our department need to be ready to get the job done by all means, even if it means carrying heavy items, running around during events, and being buddies with suppliers. In case you’re wondering, the girls at TeamAsia are up for it.

With Ma'am Monette

With Ma’am Monette at the 2014 TeamAsia Christmas Party

The perfect example of a well-rounded woman in TeamAsia is Ma’am Monette. I often find myself wondering how she excels in all her roles as mother, boss, daughter, and friend. When I see her, I ask myself, how does she maximize the 24 hours in a day? How does she get everything done? How does she make everyone love her?

Celebrating National Women’s Month empowers the women in the country that we now live in a society that believes that women are equal to men in all aspects. There is no more gender discrimination and both men and women deserve equal opportunities. And this Women’s Month, I would like to encourage everyone to praise and give recognition to these women who exceed expectations, who balance their work life and home life, and who take care of their family both at home and in the office. Whatever men can do, women can do it, too. Sometimes even better.

 

 

Thinking Big: TeamAsia Town Hall 2016

By Mira Ortega, Senior Digital Media Associate

2015 was good. 2016 will be better – this is my biggest takeaway from our recent Town Hall last January 22, held at The Bellevue, Alabang. The previous year left us with new undertakings, learnings, and best of all, challenges. These challenges may be different for each of us; but we rise above them as one team, with one dream. With this, let me give you a quick run-through of our Town Hall.

This year’s mantra, in a cute notebook.

This year’s mantra, in a cute notebook.

The event kicked off with MIH’s look back on 2015. What a year it was!

TeamAsia Founder and CEO, Monette Iturralde-Hamlin rehashes the agency’s 2015.

TeamAsia Founder and CEO, Monette Iturralde-Hamlin rehashes the agency’s 2015.

Next up was an ice-breaker. TeamAsians played “Two Truths, One Lie”. This is a surefire way to discover something about your colleague without being sneaky. Hehe.

Hmmm… which is which?

Hmmm… which is which?

We also welcomed the new members of our family in the Town Hall. They were so game to introduce themselves in a non-conventional way.

Vince Gapit from Content serenades the crowd.

Vince Gapit from Content serenades the crowd.

TeamAsians also sang Happy Birthday to our January celebrants.

TeamAsia’s January Babies

TeamAsia’s January Babies (L-R) Leo Halili, Patrick De Jesus, Pamela Jocson, Jeff Enriquez, Monette Hamlin and Denise Limon

To top it all off, TeamAsia Managing Director, Bea Lim, unveiled Project Think Big, and a whole lot of awesome things happening in 2016!

TeamAsia founder and CEO,Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, and Managing Director, Bea Lim, dish out the surprises about to unfold this year.

TeamAsia founder and CEO,Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, and Managing Director, Bea Lim, dish out the surprises about to unfold this year.

How do you make something good better? By thinking big. Thinking big is surpassing the limits you set for yourself. 2016 is the year we expand our horizons even further. No idea shall be too over the top nor shall a pitch be too ambitious. With “taking brands to the next level experience” in mind, we think big and keep our passion for learning and trying new things.

TA Family