Safety In The Concrete Jungle


The building and construction industry is marked by a high rate of attrition and a high number of work accidents compared to other industries particularly among the workers in such high buildings. Read this to know what you can do to improve safety as an employer or employee.


Regarded as one of the most dangerous occupations, construction works can be considered anything but fully safe. Heights, large and mobile equipment, edges, deep holes, and wobbling stairs are a reality in many construction sites, no matter how modern or careful the contractors claim them to be. Obviously, the employers do need to take care of the safety and security of the workers, but the workers need to keep in mind a lot of precautions when working in such hazardous conditions.


These are some safety measures every construction worker must take into consideration:


Double-Check Your Work Areas

Scaffolds are an integral part of most construction sites and are associated with a high number of injuries. When you are working in a construction site, you must ensure your safety first. Check thoroughly if the scaffold has been inspected by a professional or competent person. Never work if the scaffold is incomplete which does not have a strong platform or base.


Ladders are other essential construction site tools with a high potential for danger. Check the ladder thoroughly before using it. If you find any part of the ladder wobbly, do not use it. A ladder should be of proper strength and of a height that always keeps it at least one meter above the landing.


Be Vigilant with Electricity and Equipment

Construction sites require a lot of electrical installations. Lifting equipment mostly involves electricity and weights. When working with the equipment, you need to follow the safety precautions listed for the equipment and be extra cautious to see there is no wear and tear in the machine. If you do not know them, seek help and instructions from a site supervisor or co-worker who has worked with the equipment beforehand.


Maintain Fencing and Prevent Fires

Notice the number of fatal injuries and falls that happen in areas where there is no fencing. Completely repaired broken and damaged fence can prevent dangerous circumstances; proper fencing is in place. If this preventive measure is not present, inform your site supervisor immediately.


Protective Apparel and Personal Protective Equipment

Employers are required to provide their workers with proper protective gear and clothing. As a construction worker, you must wear your protective gear like well-fitted and eyewear correctly. It is also a must to wear earplugs when working in noisy areas and gloves when dealing with toxic chemicals. Make sure to wear safety shoes such as anti-slip footwear and protective apparel as they are necessary for those working in toxic or dusty environments. Wearing of the safety harness is very important for every construction worker. Make sure your harness is firmly built and secured to a strong anchorage point when you are working at heights.


Keep First Aid Close

Both the site supervisor and contractor should ensure that first aid is always accessible to the workers since it may not be possible for workers to carry first aid supplies with them all the time. As a worker you find that first aid you will need is not around, inform your supervisor immediately. Basic first aid should be available on site to provide immediate medical assistance for minor burns, cuts, and falls.

A construction worker must be careful at all times and always follow instructions during an emergency. Proper lighting must be provided when working at night and to certain dark areas to prevent harm to the workers. You should also avoid playing with work equipment. If you notice any unsafe condition, such as a floor opening that is uncovered or not fenced, inform your co-workers and supervisor immediately.


Construction workers play one of the most important roles in our modern society and that is to construct safe buildings, bridges, and many other assets for society. The workers owe it to themselves and their employers to work safely. Think safety, work safely!


Cook With A Happy Heart!


It was 2014 after finishing Hotel and Restaurant Management course, the first job offered to me was a Sous Chef. As we all know, the work of a chef is tough, stressful, exposed to heat, and having a not so high salary. I’m not referring to all chefs, but to those who fall in love with the profession; I can say it’s a lifelong career and dedication.

Being a chef, you always have been in love with the food. Cooking is like telling a story to the consumer; it depends on your mood and the type of cuisine you will prepare. Yet, mastery in a certain type of cuisine has been very important, in a way that you should know who are the people used to eat this kind of food.

Working as Sous Chef of the hotel, you have to wake up early in the morning to assist the head chef in preparing food for the hungry tummies and satisfy your guests’ cravings. Prepare daily needs in the kitchen smoothly and safely. Serve the food with clean and awesome plating that will catch your guests’ excitement to eat. Being creative is one of the qualifications that a chef will possess. Creating an art to the food you prepare will give more attraction and beauty. But sometimes, you will feel worried because some guests may not like the taste, or I should say, they may not meet their food taste expectations. You always have to think that food is their happiness.

With my experience, I always love making a sound in the kitchen, a noise that it’s not irritating; it’s like music to my ears. Sometimes, I wanted to dance following the beats of the sound while cooking. In that way, I can show to my workmates that I am happy with what I am doing.

It took me 3-4 months to fully understand the main job of the Sous Chef. Day by day, I learned how to build a team and make friends with my colleagues who became my second family. This is one of the helpful steps to perform your job well if you have a healthy and happy working environment; when you’re surrounded by good and trusted workmates.

As a chef, always remember that food brings Love, Peace, and Compassion to the table. Always give your best shot to show the people your passion and true love of cooking. Cook with a happy heart!

Let’s Go Back to Summer!


The summer has ended and the fall season begins. I can say, summer season was my perfect and beautiful experience that I want the whole world would know.


Every summer season, the tourism industry is getting ready to give services to the people who want to spend the time to enjoy and relax, but fewer expenses. They post advertisements and promotions to some social Medias to invite people to stay at their place with a very low package rates from air fare to hotel and tour accommodation.


Beach resort is one of the relaxing places to stay during summer season. Most of the kids love to swim and paddle over the sea, while some are on the seashore taking sunbathing. I had the best luck in Queensland where resorts are seemed to be the perfect place to those who want to spend more time swimming and relaxing.


Some love to take a vacation trip to enjoy beautiful views and spending the time to take photos as a souvenir. I would suggest booking ahead of time for lower airfare if you are planning to go on a vacation trip. As what I have experienced, I was able to save money and time and had the best plan for my destination. And of course, consider the nice but not too expensive place to stay like hotel or beach resort.


A hotel is also a great place to stay if you want more romantic and relaxing place. Hotel facilities and staff are the things you will have to consider before booking. You can read reviews from the people who stayed there before you, so you will have an idea what kind of place you are planning to go to.  As a hotel guest, you are allowed to use the hospitality suites such as the lounge area, swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and the lobby area. Hotel staff’s duties are to welcome and serve you and attend your necessities. In that way, they will showcase their hospitality service. They are trained to do good manners and right work etiquette. They are educated not to enter the room if the guest is not around, but housekeepers are allowed to clean the whole room and change beddings with the guest permission. It doesn’t hurt if tip share is not given to a hotel attendant, yet, most guests give just a little share.


While staying at the hotel or resort, make sure to try eating at their restaurant and experience the world class customer services of the waiters and waitresses, even the receptionist. Forget not to take photos of your hotel room and some of the beautiful spots of the place. And lastly, buy some souvenir that you can keep as a remembrance of your wonderful stay.


Be wise and choose what fits your budget to have a relaxing mind. Make sure to enjoy and create memories!

Take A Look Into Our Fruits And Vegetables


Every individual is different, but despite the differences, there’s one thing’s common: Every individual loves food. There are those who love fruits or vegetables, meats or seafood, pizza or pasta, sweets and pastries and many to mention. Knowing this, let’s discover on how we could safely store our food. Let’s look into our fruits and vegetables.

It is better that fruits and vegetables should be eaten fresh. However, storing and processing them are acceptable alternatives. This includes pre-prepared, canned, frozen, dried and juiced.

Pre-prepared fruits and vegetables:

Pre-preparing foods come in chopping our favorite fruits and vegetables for salads such as slicing our fresh broccoli, mushrooms, and onions into bite-size pieces. Then, you can put them into containers and store in your refrigerator to preserve. Since it’s been already prepared, you can dress and eat your salad at any day you want.

On the other hand, you can also choose many ways to prepare your favorite fruits but it still goes through the same process of slicing them into pieces, put them into your preferred containers or jars, and store them in your refrigerator for the upcoming days.

Easy as it is! It is very convenient to pre-prepare our food to lessen our food preparation.

Frozen or canned fruits and vegetables:

Freezing conserves the taste, texture, and nutritional value of food better than any other method. It also prevents organisms that cause food decay. Some frozen vegetables include carrots, peas, beans, corn and vegetable mixes. In freezing our favorite vegetables, what we have to do is peel them and cut into sizes. Most canned fruits include pineapple, peaches, apricots, pears and mixed fruits. Select varieties with no added sugar, or those canned in natural juice. Few of canned vegetables include tomatoes, corn, baked beans, beetroot and baby carrots. Preserved fruit and vegetables are pasteurized by heating during the canning process.

Dried fruits and vegetables:

Drying foods can lessen the nutrients of the food. In order not to deteriorate the quality and keep the food safe, we need to properly store it. Drying eradicates water from the surface of the food by the combined effects of air flow, air temperature, and air humidity. The connection between the three is important if drying is successful. In drying them, it keeps the food to last longer without spoilage and helps them from becoming contaminated with microbes. As it is processed, it adds a variety of tastes and a healthy diet to each individual. However, we should not eat more than one served of dried fruit a day; it may lead to tooth decay.

Juiced Fruits and Vegetables:

Consuming fruits and vegetables is undeniably good! But through juicing, you can consume a huge amount of nutrients unlike other food processing and it saves all that much munching and digesting. Also, some veggies and fruits are difficult to digest for some people, so juicing is a great way to get their benefits.

Currently, foods are being prepared through different processes. The above-mentioned processes can still produce the important nutrients and vitamins from fruits and vegetables. Aside from eating them fresh, we can consider the different processes on how we can store them longer, tastier, and to retain the nutrients they contribute.

Be healthy at all times!

Keys To Being A Good Leader


Managing your own work, managing employees, and making sure the team is working cohesively can easily get overwhelming. However becoming a great leader isn’t something that happens overnight, but it can be achieved through hard work, discipline and a commitment to improvement through experience.


Being responsible for the well-being and success of many employees is a big task to take on. But great leaders have a unique talent for rallying people together and getting them passionate about working towards something amazing.


What makes a true leader?


First of all, a leader needs vision, an actual vision. He must have an ability to see something that makes his team and followers motivated to get up every morning and go to work. Leading is a very tough and not an easy task, so much to do, so much to think about, and is a big responsibility. It has a lot of pressures knowing that so many people are relying on you. Someone establishes clear rules and policies. Guides his team towards the goal of empowering them and coaches them for a better improvement.


Leadership has nothing to do with your job title and with the level of the hierarchy. Leaders can be anywhere, at any level of an organization.


Here are the important keys to being a good leader:
  • Understands how to deal with people of different walks of life
  • Has a very high emotional intelligence
  • Focuses and understands strengths; he always learn and strive for improvement
  • A great listener; he must have the power of listening. When your team member speaks, you listen and never conclude right away.
  • Must be a good communicator. Communication is the key to every team’s success.
  • Knows how to take complex things and turn those things to a simple one.
  • Knows how to recognize hard works. He must understand the value of saying “thank you” and learn to appreciate teamwork by giving awards and recognitions.
  • Encourages every one of the team to praise each other and creates a strong bond within the team.

According to the saying “Leaders are made, they are not born”, there is always the truth of this adage. At some point, the capabilities for great leadership are innate. However, learning how to become an effective and good leader is within everyone’s grasp – whether you lead teams, an entire organization, or just one staff member.

Leaders know if they failed on their pathways, they can try another way until they succeed. Becoming an effective leader is not a one-time learning, each failure is a lesson to learn and will make them more effective leaders. Think differently, build for tomorrow!

Let’s Differentiate Leadership and Management

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What comes into your mind when you hear the word “Leadership”? How about “Management”? Do we have the same thing in mind? Well, I think we’re not; all of us have a different understanding about these two words, leadership and management. The word leadership means handling or leading a group of people or an organization and has an ability to do the task given. A leader should be flexible, smart, and courageous enough because he can be the strength of his people under his team or organization. On the other hand, management is focused on the scale and is more on the details.

Many of us might think leadership and management have the same meaning, but both two are different. The leader sets many visions and broad the plans while manager works it and does everything that is needed to achieve the plan.

What is the importance of Leadership and Management?

Organisation or business needs a people who are leadership and management oriented. With poor leadership and good management, they will be able to execute everything very well but will able to do those things without any consistent direction and strategy. With good leadership and poor management, a company can succeed in their goal, but can’t execute the plan on how to get there.

Can one person perform both?

Good leaders and good managers can’t be one person, but there are few people that excel both. They tend to be overwhelmingly successful in achieving their goals in life. Leadership and management skills are some ways opposite from one another, long term versus short, detail oriented versus a big picture, etc.

It can be so difficult for one person to perform both because that person should split time between the two and excel. The organization that succeeds has a mix of individuals; it has people who excel in both leadership and management.

On the other hand, it’s good for a person to clearly understand where they excel at more, knowing the different characteristics of the two are important. Knowing how it takes to be a good leader makes you know more about yourself even if you actually know that you tend to be an effective manager.

10 key characteristics of an effective Leader
  • Stay positive
  • Confident
  • With sense of humor
  • Knows to handle pressure
  • Doesn’t communicate to give commands, will and give feedbacks instead
  • Knows how and when to delegate tasks
  • Helps people to grow
  • Takes responsibility and doesn’t blame members
  • Makes decisions by applying lessons learned in the past
  • Commits to do their very best and leads by example
10 key characteristics of an effective Manager
  • With superior communication skills
  • Leads with transparency and honesty
  • Supports employees with clear direction and removes their roadblock for them
  • Embraces technology
  • Motivated
  • Has expertise in the field
  • Productive and calm
  • Promotes cross-level and cross functional collaboration
  • Creates productive and lively work environment
  • Trusts employees
Can you be you be a good Leader and effective Manager?

When you possess all the above characters and apply them to yourself and to your team, I can tell that you can be a good Leader and an effective Manager of tomorrow.

Effective Small Business Planning


Planning a small business is not easy to manage especially the financial planning. But financial planning is not bad as hard as you have imagined. Most people are hesitant at this point in planning a business, maybe because they have not undergone passionate aim orientation or they are not trained for ‘borrow for tomorrow’. People may think if horrific result will fall on them if they get it wrong. In reality, it is normal that sometimes you will fail, just like anybody else.


If you feel that the proposal of a business of your own is exceptional, you have the result and necessary will to do it. But ‘numbers’ are just too difficult, yet in the long run; it is consider to leave this to a business partner or skilled bookkeeper. What I can advise is that you know bookkeeping, so that you can keep a sharp-eyed on your progression.


What should be the plan to be used in planning a business?

A financial plan allows you to start develop the value involved in running your business. It includes features like your startup costs, sales forecasts and cash flow budgets. It allows you to control the break-even sales point so you know how much earnings you can expect to make. It allows you to calculate your working capital and whether you need a source of wealth and, so if, what your sources of finance might be have and at what terms in it. Through your financial plan you will find what your desired returns from your business and how you’re going to get there to improve more. A financial plan is a prediction of future production for a business; normally it is prepared by using spreadsheet software. The financial plan is usually prepared as part of a total business planning procedure, throughout which target are set and master plan are chosen to help the business progress in the future year.


Another one is a business plan; it is all ideal until you start padding in the numbers and terms. The part about your marketing and action plans are fascinating to read, but they don’t mean a thing if you can’t explain your business with fine quantity on the base line. You can do this in a clear section of your business plan for financial predictions and statements. The financial section of a business plan is one of the most crucial parts of the plan if you have any goal of winning over investors or secure a bank loan. Even if you don’t need financing, you should organize a financial forecast in order to simply be effective in routing your business.


A small business plan is a plan that assists a small business owner to better lead cash flow by arranging for situations that could be an outcome in cash shortages, such thing as occasional variation in earnings. It describes what the financial section of a business plan is, what should be involved, and how you should apply it not only to take financing but to better handle your business. In business, it is easy to prioritize critical point of issues that must be taken care of on a day to day basis. The result of being too short-term oriented is that you may not spend more time planning with what needs to be done to develop the long-term business.


In this situation, you have to give attention on how to rightly cost your product or type of service. Remember that once you know the different costs involved in running your business, you will know how much to cover up all the liabilities. Be a smart business planner!


Good Customer Service At Its Best!


Satisfaction is the most important thing that we can give to our client. It measures on how the product or services reach to surpass the expectations of the client.

In security industry, we need to ensure our 100% services to protect and provide fast responses for any incident inside the premises. Security job is more likely dealing with many issues from confrontations to emergencies. It might not easy to do this job within the parameters while giving most proper good customer service to the people you have encountered. The basic role as security personnel is to help and protect, that is why you need to be physically fit. Security personnel must also possesses good listening skill, communication skill, and problem solving skill. These skills are major parts of providing quality customer service, if you are aiming for success of your job.

Security runs into interesting scenario that you need to be quick and alert to call the police officer and report of what has happened. There are some points that you need to listen first to your customers and your problem solving skill is being measured with. Communications come to handle the client and your co-worker as well. If you can communicate effectively and clearly, then you have an effective job in line with security industry. Proper communication is very important in this industry because it helps you do your duties and responsibilities quick and effective. For example, if there is someone who gets hurt inside your premises, you can easily provide help and give your accurate services right away. When you are in security industry, you need to be prepared at all times.

These are the right things to do as a security officer when trouble comes. First, examine your premises; observe the situation and make a plan on how to rescue; make sure to know if anybody has a weapon; and bring everyone in one near and safest place. Call police officers for rescue and report what has had happened. In this case, you must apply your training and self-defense experiences. If this is your first time encounter, better make a safest move, especially when you are dealing with life and death situations.

Always keep in mind, as Security Officer, you need to maintain professionalism. Give verbal warning to people who are creating commotions that will affect everyone’s safety and to people who continue making aggressive verbal communication. Educate the people about safety rules and how to protect one self. Encourage them to stay calm and think rationally when worst situations are happening. For everyone you protected and rescued, you’re their Hero!

Hospitality Is About So Much More Than Entertaining


Hospitality is about so much more than entertaining. It is about relationships toward the people around you and anyone who are hunting for human connection, love, and care. It is all about following God’s command to love human kind.

When we travel to other place or country, we always think of how their people welcome and treat us. Common scenarios are giving flowers, greeting with big smiles, welcoming with banners, and taking us to special restaurants. This is what I love travelling.

Hospitality can be shown in many ways. It can be learned from the place where we’ve grown up with and can be taught through trainings and proper education. Some places that showcase hospitality services are restaurants, hospitals, food chains, bars, and hotels. With my experience working as a service crew in a food chain, I have learned that providing a quality service such as treating customers in a friendly manner is a kind of hospitality service. Proper handling on upset customers must be exercised like listening to their complaints and avoid interrupting them while they are talking and feel bad about the bad service. With such good attitude, they leave the shop with a big smile and happy thoughts. You only have one chance to make a positive impression, so be at your best! It’s like your first dating, if you show up wearing a dirty, torn up shirt and stinky breath, you’re likely not to get a second chance.

A customer is the most important visitor on your premises; he is not dependent on us, instead, we are dependent on him. He is the purpose of it, not an interruption to your work. He is part of your business, not an outsider. And he is doing you a favor by giving us an opportunity to serve him.

This attitude is also being applied in the hospitals where most patients are fighting between life and death. As hospital nurses, doctors, and medical staff, it is their job to take care and attend the sick patients. They should always be prompt in providing medical assistance in a timely manner. It is their job to be sensitive to what every patient’s feeling and that they need to feel that they are not alone on this battle.

Same goes for the hotels. As hotel staff, if you make an amazing first impression, your guests are sure to come back. The satisfied guests will often overlook small issues, if you know how to properly welcome them. Hotel receptionist is also an example of providing hospitality services in a way that he/she possesses phone etiquette, proper accommodating and welcoming the guests, and handling customer complaints and commendations. Happy guests even give tip share to hotel housekeeping staff for providing excellent service. Every time you serve someone, you are giving them the special treatment, both physically and emotionally. A server gives it with full energy and emotional engagement to each guest. This is indeed a gift that has no guarantee that a given interaction is going to be emotionally rewarding, and that the tip will compensate the service and hospitality you provided.

Being hospitable is being caring to someone and is by nature for every individual. However, through trainings and proper education, we will develop our skills on how to please, accommodate, entertain, and provide hospitality services to anyone, regardless of their statuses in life. Trainings can be done in school, training centers, and online studies. Once you engage to hospitality trainings, you will be more oriented, skillful, and effective in handling people with high standards in getting customer service.

Many doors in hospitality industry are open for those who complete the course training and are willing to provide hospitality services to guests, customers, friends, and loved ones. Showing care and love to any one is not an obligation, but your choice. What I love from being accommodated is that I feel like I’m very important and cared. This is how other people feel when someone shows hospitality toward them.

Be the Head or take the Lead? Ensure Both.


Leading and management as complementary are correlated.  Leading is more about an act which people look after to a person who is able to be followed.  And it interprets into six qualities which are Visionary, Ardent, Bold, Wise, Substantial and Responsible. These qualities must be established on a day-to-day basis to be seen as real, in other words, how you act in large talks or discussions doesn’t make you a leader at all. Management is more of a craft; it’s primarily skill-based, just like cooking or carpentry. And again, those skills need to be exhibited on a day-to-day basis.


An internal process of self-reflection is primarily way in becoming a good leader. Seeing yourself as a leader, you must learn how to think and behave differently in a way that people see you as a leader, too. To become a good manager is primarily about improving your craft like creating excellent habits of speech, organization, and collaboration that allows people who work for you to be best utilized and focused on achieving the company’s goals.


Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right things, according to Warren Bennis. But best bosses do more than thinking big because they have a deep understanding of their industries, organizations, and teams, as well as other seemingly mundane things. Providing an effective leadership is an essential element of a manager’s role. Without this leadership, the team may still achieve its goal, but it is not as efficient and in timely manner.


There has been much written about leadership in the past that leads to many different opinions on what makes an effective leader. These viewpoints range from the dictator to the uninvolved buddy. The key to effective leadership in the modern working environment is finding and using a style that is appropriate to the situation and the people involved.


According to Robert I. Sutton, Ph.D., focusing on management and leadership is treacherous even though it has a disparity. He sometimes mentioned that this theme when giving talks or workshops based on his book. He wrote posts on it for Harvard Business Review and his blog, Work Matters. But he didn’t realize how important the topic was or how worked up people got about it until he did a Good Superior, Bad Superior workshop for a dozen or so Executive Officers of huge high technology companies. He even said “yes, leadership is about things like taking a long-term outlook, vision, setting a strategy and also it is about operations, details, implementation, and the little things required to keep a team or an organization moving forward.


He certainly argued this difference was precise but treacherous because it twists how too many superiors at all ranks view and do their job. This actually urges superiors to see generating big and vague concepts as an imperative part of their jobs. Management work best done by the little people to treat operation or pesky details of any kind. A lot of superiors reveal on how to contemplate and act.


At the top of the nibbling order, there’s this same difference that could be seen among leaders. There’s an instance when one of the Senior Executive who spent a decade on the top team of a huge phone company revealed that his self-opinionated Executive Officer made a series of depraved decisions about deciding on what archetypes to develop and sell. It was out of touch with consumers because it had a little interest in technical details and refused to visit stores where phones were sold. As he cleared up to his board and team that his job was a tactic not supervision.


Regrettably, the story of the phone Executive Officer is way too emblematic. Superiors often make verdicts without considering restrictions for time and charge required to implement them. They are especially prone to suffer from the clever talk deception. Because in achieving things and making sure these should get done are errands for little people, not top dogs, A-players, or high potentials like them.

He has passion for all immense philosophies, ideas, and visions. One great case in point for that was Anne Mulcahy’s hard work to turn around Xerox was successful in part because of her in depth knowledge of the company’s maneuvers. She was mainly detail-oriented during the critical early years of her period of influence when Xerox was so close to failing.


This aptitude to go back and forth in the middle of the diminutive specifics and the immense picture is evident in the leaders which should be appreciated the most. We are not even rebuffing the distinction between leadership and management. In fact, the best leaders do something that might properly be called a mix of leadership and management for Real Leaders Are Also Managers!



Erika Andersen. (2012, April 10). Manage or Lead? Do Both. Retrieved February 03, 2017, from Forbes

ROBERT I. SUTTON, PHD. (2012, March 22). Why “Big Picture Only” Bosses Are The Worst. Retrieved March 16, 2017, from Fast Company