Sixty four (64) employers and workers in the Cordillera Administrative Region were coached and mentored during the area wide seminar on May 18-19, 2017 at the   BENECO Function Hall, BENECO Building, South Drive, Baguio City.  The theme: “WE ARE LMC ” spoke strongly about the NCMB-CAR’s advocacy of industrial peace leading to optimum performance and productivity.

The speaker, Mr. Ricardo Bayao, HR Operations and Employee Relations Manager of MOOG Controls, Phils.  stressed that the quality of the Organization depends on the quality of the people comprising it. Coaching and mentoring is an effective tool in accelerating learning and improving performance across wide range of skills that benefit an individual and an organization.

As he puts it, “the success of an organization depends on how the employees are developed, how they are attracted and trained, and how they are inspired to work to their greatest potentials.”

Managing anger is also essential in improving productivity. Ms. Miriam Ann Fuentes-Saboy of Fontana Psychological Services defined anger as an emotional state that can become destructive and may lead to problems – at work, in relationships, and quality of life.

She coached the participants on how to manage their anger to become more productive at work. She said that a person has to overcome his anger and aggressions by recognizing his angry thoughts and begin to challenge them.  He has to challenge any unhelpful thoughts or beliefs that won’t allow him to let go of anger. Use relaxation and other ways to control the physical symptoms of anger, and understand and control angry behavior. Ms. Saboy  said, one must try calmer actions, improve communication and problem solving skills, and not allow himself to continue with long term critical beliefs about himself.

Speaking of productivity, Supervising LEO Maggie B. Balagtey shared the concept in a form of  short stories.  The stories about the Tortoise and the Hare, The Carpenter, the Fisherman Piping and the Hardworking Ant and the Lazy Grasshopper were all geared towards productivity.

Skills are not just an essential ingredient in achieving an objective. A productive person should always do the right thing right, the first time because “Productivity is not working hard but working smart.”

Maggie B. Balagtey