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Makati CBD: Your guide to work-life balance

 

Dubbed as the financial capital of the Philippines, Makati is the premier destination for professionals looking to forge their career paths and companies that want to establish their businesses. This highly urbanized city is home to over 60,000 business enterprises ranging from financial institutions, retail and food establishments, real estate, manufacturing, I.T., BPO offices, and startups, among others.  

 

But being in Makati is not all work and hustle. It’s also a hub for a plethora of things you can do once you’ve clocked out of the office. You don’t need to go far to feed your passion and interests, find a place to hang out and drink with your friends and colleagues after work, or lift some weights to de-stress after a busy day.

 

Makati has everything you need to create and maintain a work-life balance. Need a little more convincing? Here are six good reasons why this city is an excellent place to build your career.

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7 Elements of a Productive Workspace

Sometimes people take for granted those essential elements that help optimize productivity! Be it in a private office, coworking space, or even at home, use this list to create that workspace that both inspires you and keeps you healthy throughout the work day. 

 

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Coworking in South East Asia: The Future of Office Spaces

The landscape of the traditional workplace is currently changing and the usual cubicle-clad offices we’ve become accustomed to are being reimagined as a collaborative environment where professionals and small businesses co-exist, collaborate and build a new type of community. Welcome to coworking, the future of office spaces.

 

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Cowerkz King George’s Avenue, Singapore

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7 Types of Workspaces You Can Rent for Your Business

Co-working has become increasingly popular in other parts of the world. Now it is gaining momentum in Asia through FlySpaces, an online marketplace offering short term rentals for work and event spaces in the Philippines and Singapore. Co-working is a solution for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who don’t want to sign long term leases for office spaces at sky high prices. With FlySpaces, you now have access to spaces that work for your business.

Empower your business with these short term workspace options offered by FlySpaces:

 

Co-working Spaces

Co-working spaces are shared offices that offer a creative and diverse work environment for people who are looking for an alternative to the traditional corporate setup. In an open space rather than a closed workstation, you have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with people from different industries and backgrounds in a place that promotes a fast-paced, productive and casual atmosphere.

 

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Bitspace, Makati City, Philippines

P400/day, inclusive of Wi-Fi, a socket for every seat, complimentary water and coffee, access to their library, meeting rooms, and training rooms. Other amenities include a projector and projector screen, printing and photocopying services, and fax and phone calls.

 

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4 Things You Should Do to Be Financially Independent Before Turning 30

For fresh graduates and young professionals, financial independence is a big step and proud accomplishment. Cirumstances may differ between the east and west with this concept, because part-time or summer jobs are less of a common concept in Asia. Often, a fresh graduate's first job after university will be his or her first job over. In this scenario, it would be wise for this market to think about how best to manage the new inflow of cash they will have coming in. It is never too early to start some basic personal financial management. It may be the key to smarter spending and good money habits down the road. Keep these 4 things in mind when to hit financial independence before the age of 30!

 

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8 Tips to Smart Spending

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that spending money is a lot easier than saving money. Depending on our mood, the lifestyle with which we grew up, or the spending habits to which we’ve grown accustomed, a lot of young professionals and entrepreneurs spend money a little too frivolously, not realizing that the small things are the reasons we end up living off our monthly paychecks.

 

But all hope is not lost yet. It is possible to make small changes to your spending habits to manage your money better for a stable financial future. Learn how to spend your money wisely by knowing exactly how much you’re paying for each of your purchases and how it affects your financial stability in the long run. Here's 8 tips to smart spending.

 

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5 Morning Habits to Energize you for the rest of the Day

As the day goes on, it can be harder to focus on what you’re doing and finish your work without getting distracted. If you get worn out and feel tired easily, it might be time to make some adjustment in your morning routine. The exhaustion can kill your productivity so it’s important to do the right things in the morning that will make your energy last as long as possible.

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Citigroup’s New Office Plan: No Offices Bank adopts open layout in new headquarter.

 

FROM THE WORLD STREET JOURNAL WEBSITE.

The layout at the new headquarters is minimalist and more egalitarian. Because most desks aren’t assigned, employees must lock up their family photos and personal tchotchkes each night. Everyone gets a window view—but no one gets complete privacy.

Mr. Corbat, who started his career on the cacophonous Salomon Brothers trading floor in 1983, pushed for the new design even though he knows it won’t be universally popular among the staff.

“There probably is the occasional person who says, ‘I’ve spent most of my career in an office and I don’t want to change that now,’ ” said Mr. Corbat. “But weighing that against the benefits to the rest of the organization, that’s a risk we’re comfortable taking.”

While researchers disagree about whetheropen offices foster communication or encourage distraction, Mr. Corbat is in the former camp. He says he was inspired by another Salomon alumnus— Michael Bloomberg, who as New York City mayorworked from a desk in the middle of City Hall.

The wall-less workspace is meant to flatten hierarchies, something banks have traditionally been built on. Former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill had a fireplace in his office when he ran Shearson Loeb Rhoades from atop the World Trade Center. Mr. Corbat’s current Park Avenue office, at more than 600 square feet, is larger than many Manhattan apartments.

Mr. Corbat said he wants to encourage communication among employees who typically might not talk to one another, and is particularly excited about a “town square” area on the ground floor.

“You’re going to be forced to bump into people,” Mr. Corbat said. “I want people interacting around our business and ideas.”

Mr. Corbat’s new workspace, which measures about 360 square feet, won’t have walls or a door. Instead it features glass dividers, about 7 feet tall, to provide what the bank calls “seated privacy.” Other executives get semiprivate spaces of about 180 square feet.

When Mr. Corbat announced his plans, he made an offer that most workers considered rhetorical: Anyone who has a problem with the design can come talk to me. Ray McGuire, who runs the firm’s corporate and investment bank and its army of highly paid deal makers, actually took him up on it. Mr. McGuire says he feared his staff would be uncomfortable in the new setup, and that could affect how they serve clients.

“When you are in an industry that is reluctant to change, and you manage a group of people who have been successful, a new idea can be difficult to adopt,” Mr. McGuire said. He said Mr. Corbat helped convince him that the new setup will help the bank best serve clients, by fostering collaboration and attracting young talent. Besides, Mr. McGuire added, “A lot of people are out meeting with clients anyway.”

Other financial firms have adopted elements of modern design, but even banks that have incorporated some open spaces have kept private offices for almost all of their senior executives. As part of its research, Citigroup toured the New York offices of rivals such asGoldman Sachs Group Inc., as well as  Facebook Inc. in Silicon Valley.

Only the top three floors at Citigroup’s Tribeca headquarters will be fully renovated when the executives move in next month. Changes to the rest of the building will be rolled out over roughly the next four years. When complete, the skyscraper will have capacity for about 12,500 employees, up from the current 9,000.

The bank says it carefully considered its employees’ concerns. The design—from white-noise generators to walls and ceilings that absorb sound—is meant to minimize the distraction of nearby conversations. Each floor will have multiple conference rooms and small phone rooms for private conversations. The bank is considering “instant fog” for some of those glass-walled rooms. Employees have been told that they’ll adapt by wearing headphones and talking more quietly.

“If you look at the history of trading floors there is an extremely high level of productivity,” said Don Callahan, who runs Citigroup’s operations and technology and is overseeing the renovation. “If we can adapt that to a nontrading floor environment, we’re going to be in great shape.”

Write to Christina Rexrode at christina.rexrode@wsj.com

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8 TOP OFFICE DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2016

FROM FASTCOMPANY.COM WEBSITE.

EXPERTS SAY IT'S TIME TO MOVE IN THESE DESIGN DIRECTIONS TO KEEP WORKERS ENGAGED AND GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR OFFICE SPACE.

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You might think that the reams of analysis done on office space would have by now turned every workplace into a humming hive of engagement and productivity. Earlier this year, we even got an advance look at a research paper that outlined alternative design strategies to make workers happier.

The paper, Ethonomics: Designing For The Principles Of The Modern Workplace—authored by Teknion, in collaboration with design expertslike Joan Blumenfeld, principal of Perkins+Will, one of this year’s Most Innovative Companies—revealed that the workplace is ripe for reinvention.

As Blumenfeld told Fast Company

Workspaces should flex to provide a variety of spaces and destinations for workers to inhabit that promote movement throughout the day. While many companies are doing a good job of incorporating some of these elements into their workplace design, there’s a need for more awareness and implementation of this way of thinking holistically about the workplace.

 

Approaching the New Year seems like as good a time as any to say out with the old walls that block natural light, separation of departments, major investments in public spaces at the expense of the back office and other design elements that bum workers out, and in with creative solutions that bring people together in ways they can be at their best.

We talked to the design experts at Teknion, Poppin, a manufacturer of workplace furniture and accessories, and Workwell Partners, a design firm specializing in creating efficient spaces to see what they predict are the most useful trends for 2016. Here’s what they told us.

TREND #1: HIDING THE WIRES

Scott Lesizza, principal at Workwell Partners says one of his clients’ most requested solutions is help with eliminating wires and clutter from desktops and conference rooms. "Between wires, laptops and other electronic devices, to docking stations, paperwork and personal items, there are many things that can make a room full of open desks appear very disorganized," says Lesizza. Even a $30,000 conference table can look terrible if wires are not well concealed within the table, he observes. "Luckily we are seeing more manufacturers develop solutions that are clean and simple," he says.

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TREND #2: BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN

Lesizza says nature is having a serious moment in design. Reclaimed wood panel installations, exposed concrete flooring, and incorporating natural flora patterns in fabrics and artwork are all becoming more prominent, along with plant life itself in the form of living walls, he says. "Some of our favorite pieces and projects from the last year take a page from this trend, and also go hand in hand with one of the bigger trends: bringing the home into the office," says Lesizza. "It’s the natural, cozy feeling that a lot of these finishes and details have that will continue to make this trend a popular one throughout 2016."

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TREND #3: MULTIPURPOSE WORKSPACES

Lesizza observes that in his 20 years in the design business, he’s never seen change happen so quickly. "Not only are cubicles disappearing," says Lesizza, "but now their replacement—the bench—is being overtaken by non-assigned seating." The executive suite is still not playing to this trend, however; multipurpose spaces can be utilized for everything from multimedia presentations to casual breakout areas. "We’ll also see more oval-shaped office desks, which allow for a more convenient place for 4-6 people to meet, as well as a shift toward height adjustable tables for standing meetings," he says.

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TREND #4: DESIGNATED LOUNGE AREAS

Jeff Miller, a veteran of Apple and Herman Miller who’s now vice president of design at Poppin sees a move toward creating spaces that are the antithesis of rigid workstations. "Lighter, powerful, wireless technology has untethered the workspace more than ever," Miller notes, so offices can be more comfortable, which stimulates relaxed collaboration. "Offices now mandate the inclusion of dedicated lounge areas to make working more enjoyable," Miller says.

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TREND #5: OFFICES ORGANIZED BY COLOR

"I’m a strong believer that if you organize your work environment with color, it will help your thoughts be more organized and colorful," says Miller. He cites several studies that color boosts happiness, productivity and creativity. "We’re seeing more offices integrate pops of color in unexpected ways and therefore strive to be at the forefront of offering a wide color spectrum of accessories and furniture," Miller explains.

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TREND #6: COMMUNITY TABLES

Steve Delfino, vice president of Corporate Marketing and Product Management at Teknion says the community table reflects a cultural moment. "People are looking for more interaction at work and in other public settings, including restaurants and hotels where large shared tables are making an appearance," he observes. But the community table has been a meaningful object for centuries, a symbol of kinship or alliance that is now becoming an important part of the work environment, Delfino adds. "Today, the table emerges as a relevant feature of an evolving workplace that now exhibits many of the characteristics of a domicile—more relaxed, more congenial and collaborative," he says.

Photo: courtesy of Teknion

TREND #7: A MIX OF DIFFERENT TEXTURES

Delfino says he’s seeing an increased emphasis on using varied materials throughout the workplace to create environments that influence wellness and productivity. "Products with a rich material vocabulary provide designers with the opportunity to be original and bold—to use color and texture to create a more varied, inspiring and personalized work environment," he says.

Photo: courtesy of Teknion

TREND #8: THE END OF PERMANENT LAYOUTS

Flexibility is something all three design experts are seeing as a growing trend as traditional office spaces, planned in advance with permanent layouts, are giving way to the needs of an ever-changing work landscape. Delfino notes that products designed to have every element move into place and fit together without rules based planning are at the forefront of the office of the future. "Modular components can be mixed, stacked and moved around, offering innumerable combinations for a dynamic and collaborative workplace," he says.

Photo: courtesy of Teknion

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Where to Go for Sumptuous Festive Dining in Manila

Manila may not be the best Filipino destination if you want to have the best dining experience but it has a number of great places where you can enjoy sumptuous dining for whatever occasion.

The following are some of the top picks you should consider.

Casa Roces

Offering Spanish, Asian, and Filipino dishes, Casa Roces is one of the highly-rated restaurants in Manila. It is located in 1153 JP Laurel corner Aguado Street. San Miguel, Manila. Its wooden interiors and cozy atmosphere present a warm welcome to every diner. Full bar service is available. Casa Roces is famous for its Malacañang frozen soufflé, choritos en balsamico, loacker milk hazelnut torte, fabada ala Casa Roces, and crispy lengua. The restaurant is open from 10AM to 10PM daily.

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