Top Work Benefits Millennials Actually Want

Millennials are taking over.

Sure, there are countless of articles about how millennials are “entitled”. A quick Google Search will yield a handful of results. But it’s not a secret that millennials are rapidly taking over the workforce.

By 2030, millennials will be making over 75% of the entire workforce. I’m not good at math, but I know that’s A LOT.

So if you’re a hiring manager, or a business owner, it’s important to take note of exactly what millennials value in terms of work benefits.

Infographic: Which Working Benefits Do Millennials Value Most? | Statista

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This shows that majority of millennials actually care more about two things over monetary bonuses.

Most managers assume that in order to keep millennials happy or attract them to join the company, money should be dangled like a big slab of steak. While cash bonuses are very much appreciated, training and development and flexible working hours are valued higher by millennials.

When you think about it, the top two work benefits that millennials value the most actually will cost you LESS than cash bonuses.

Flexible Working Hours

Flexible working hours are becoming more and more popular these days. 77% of millennials actually prefer flexible working hours. They feel that they are more productive and have more freedom in the workplace. This, as studies and millennials claim, boost their productivity.


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Millennials hate the regular 9 to 5 cycle, so it’s understandable why they value a “flexi schedule” over cash bonuses.

But what’s more surprising is the top benefit millennials value the most…

Training and Development

And they said millennials were lazy?

This stat is the most alarming, yet also the most encouraging.

This means that millennials value being trained and learning more to become better at their craft. The best part about this is that training and development can actually cost less than giving a performance bonus (not saying you shouldn’t give your employees one though!).

The more you actually invest in training your employees, the more they’re likely to stay and produce better results.


You don’t need a gargantuan budget to give your millennial employees killer benefits. Invest on their training and development, or even consider implementing a flexible working schedule.

Millennial or not, all employees will surely enjoy these benefits. So if you consider some of these, you might just have hacked into boosting work productivity in your company.

Tweet us and let us know what you think!

How to Keep Your Employees Happy at Work


One of the best kept secrets of the top companies in the world is also the most obvious.

Keeping employees happy is very important to the overall success of a company. The simple formula is “Happy Employees = Good Business”.

So what exactly makes employees happy?

Is it bigger pay? Unlimited vacation leaves? Big bonuses? Free lunch?

To get a better idea, take a look at this infographic from Manila Recruitment and find out what the best companies in the Philippines are doing to keep their employees happy.


Based on this infographic, money isn’t the only thing that motivates and makes employees happy. Employees value education, travel, fitness, and career growth just as much as they care about monetary bonuses.

You don’t need a HUGE budget to make employees happy. Sure, bonuses are great and will make employees happy, but if you don’t have the budget for it, don’t force the issue. Instead, you can focus on other low cost employee benefits such as additional vacation leaves or hosting sporting activities.

Are you doing some of the items mentioned above? Do share your company’s benefits and perks in the comments section below!

3 Reasons Why Employees Get Bored


Happy, engaged, and hard-working employees are important for any business to succeed. That’s why business owners do their best to implement awesome employee benefits to make everybody happy.

But sometimes, despite the company’s efforts, employees are still disengaged and lackadaisical. Yes… employees do get bored.

In this post, we’ll drill down 3 reasons why employees get bored. So if you’re a business owner or CEO, you better take notes!

Repetitive Tasks


Sure, employees signed the contract completely aware of their job description and role… But doing the same thing over and over again will take a toll on ANYONE.

If an employee keeps doing tasks every single day, it’s expected that boredom will soon strike.

How to counter this? MIX IT UP.

As an employee:

If you’re an employee who’s starting to get bored, you should be upfront with your manager. Let him/her know that you feel like you can do more than what you’re currently doing.

Ask to be involved in other tasks. Have the initiative! Your manager won’t know you want to do more if you don’t say a thing.

As a manager:

Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Give your employees new tasks to do. You hired that person because you believe in him as an individual, so it wouldn’t hurt to try and entrust him with a new task.

By letting your employee do something new, you’ll likely give a jolt of excitement and a strong sense of responsibility to your employee – which is a good thing to boost productivity.

Lack of Compliments / Words of Encouragement


This may sound strange, but it’s a real issue. A recent study show that 65% of employees feel unappreciated at work.

When employees feel that they’re not appreciated in the office, they eventually get bored.

Employees VALUE their manager’s compliments and words of encouragement. An immediate boost in morale happens when an employee hears simple compliments like “Good job!” or “Nice work!”

As a manager, you can even take it up a notch and give your employee a reward or a token of your appreciation for a job well done.

These little things will go a long way.

Work-Life Imbalance


Working hard should always be top priority, but play time shouldn’t be neglected as well.

Employees who work too hard end up drained eventually. It’s not sustainable to render overtime every single night.

If you’re an employee who stays at work for 2-3 hours more than your required shift 90% of the time, you’ll eventually run out of gas and get bored at work.

The answer? Find a better work-life balance.

As an employee:

Your job provides for your family’s needs, but it is not your entire life. Don’t spend all of your time at the office. Leave some time for yourself and for your family.

Come home and have dinner with your family. Hang out with your friends on Friday nights. You have a life outside of work, so make the most out of it.

You can work hard without having to kill yourself with stress. Not only is it not good for your company, it’s also dangerous to your health.

As a manager:

Don’t put too much pressure on your employees. Giving unrealistic deadlines will leave your employee with no choice but to work overtime every day. That’s something that is proven to be unproductive in the long run.

If you notice that your employee is working too much or rendering too many OTs, talk to him and encourage him to take a vacation leave. Advise him that he doesn’t need to spend every working day on overtime. Not only will your employee become more productive, it will also be good for his health — which is something you should also prioritize.


Employees get bored because they don’t feel empowered. As a manager, it’s also your responsibility to make sure that your employees feel happy and valued at work.

As an employee… If you feel bored all the time, then you have to re-evaluate yourself. Discuss it with your manager and work on fixing the issue together.

Tweet us what you think!

The Future of Work Conference | Singapore

I was asked to speak at The Future of Work Conference in Singapore that Microsoft and Questex put on at the Marriott Hotel the other day. The conference was dedicated to the future of; HR, offices, scheduling, sales, and marketing.

I was asked to speak on the topic of HR and how technology can be an enabler to maximize productivity as well as attract and retain talent. So, I spoke from our experience.

Here is a quick recap:

1. Reasons for Employee Turnover – most reasons employees leave are related to something the company has direct control over.

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2. Adventure Engineering – We talked about PayrollHero’s #AdventureEngineering program and why it came about. Basically, we were looking for ways to compete for talent in a highly competitive worldwide market. Here is the video that we made that explains the program:

3. We chatted about how we work to get feedback from our teams, how we have made some products to help our clients do the same and how transparency helps us build our company culture. Some of the tools we talked about were PayrollHero’s DailyPulse, Xray Insights and tools like 7Geese.

4. Finally, we talked about how our jobs page is laid out on our website. How it is very specific about each role, how the company works, the rhythms we follow as well as a few easter eggs that some applicants find and mention in their cover letters.

After I was joined on stage with a few HR professionals for a panel discussion about HR and the future of work.


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Improve Your Restaurant Performance with HR Analytics – FREE Webinar from PayrollHero


Whoever said that nothing in this world is free was lying!

Because on December 8, 2015. At exactly 11 AM (UTC +8), Singapore Standard Time, we’ll be hosting an epic webinar that talks about leveraging HR Analytics to improve restaurant performance.


In this webinar, restaurant owners will learn about the following:

  • Learn how to respond to business in advance using predictive analytics for HR
  • Improving organizational performance
  • Optimizing talent supply chain
  • Benefits of HR Analytics to your restaurant’s sales performance
  • Data-driven decision making

And many more! 

We don’t want to spill too much info, but we’d really love it if you could join our webinar

If you’re a restaurant owner, or an HR director / manager of a restaurant, this is a webinar that you definitely shouldn’t miss. 

We’re going to provide content that you can implement and leverage right after the webinar.

The best part about this webinar is that you will have instant learning in just 27 minutes of content!


^ It’s really that simple. You’ll be able to implement your learnings immediately and make a direct impact to your restaurant’s positive performance.

So to all restaurant owners / HR personnel, do spread the word and save the date:

December 8, 2015 (Tuesday), 11:00 AM (UTC +8) Singapore Standard Time

This webinar will surely be worth your while. Save your seat below!


We’ll see you there!

Best Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs


If you’re reading this article, I’m pretty sure you’re not hoping to find out what the next Candy Crush app is. If you are, we’ll have a different blog post for that soon!

For now though, I’m assuming that you are an entrepreneur on-the-go. Or a busy CEO juggling through multiple hats at work.

You can also be a high level executive who’s embracing tech and the convenience it brings.

The good news? PayrollHero rounds up a few of the best apps for busy CEOs this 2015. This is part 1, and we’ll feature more apps real soon.

Let’s dig in!

Best Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs



We’re not saying classic notebooks are useless at this day and age, but leaving home without one is more and more common these days.

But you know what you never forget when you leave home? Your mobile phone.

And this is where Evernote shines.

An app that you can use in the comfort of your own phone, Evernote takes note-taking to a whole new level.

Whether you need to jot down quick notes during a meeting, or you’re attending a conference and you’re trying to take note of key points, Evernote gets the job done perfectly.


You can literally take note of anything you want. Even writing a new campaign strategy, or projections for the coming quarter can be done with this productivity app.

Not only does it sport a user-friendly interface, it also syncs smoothly with your other devices. You can access Evernote in your laptop, PC, or tablet as well. So whatever progress you’ve made on your mobile phone, you can see it updated and syncing in real-time with your laptop.

Pretty fun stuff, huh?

Evernote is FREE, but if you like it so much and you want all your employees using it as well, you can consider their premium or business plan.



Now this is a personal favorite of mine (author). Imagine your browser’s bookmark tool… on STEROIDS.

That’s how Pocket functions! Any article or content you read from your favorite websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, or even YouTube can easily be saved to your pocket.


It’s a bookmarking tool that saves any form of content (webpages, articles, videos, tweets, etc.) so that you can read it later, OFFLINE.

Anything you save to your Pocket, you can read later on even without internet.

The best part is that Pocket integrates with so many other apps you use such as Twitter, and even via Email.


Now, how awesome is that?

I’ve been using Pocket for almost a year now, and it’s one of the apps I can’t live without. It’s free, and syncs with all your devices. You can “pocket’ an article using your mobile phone, then finish reading it later on your laptop – or vice versa.

I’m having a hard time convincing people that I’m not being paid by Pocket to promote them, because I find myself tweeting about how awesome they are every once in awhile.

Try it out and see for yourself.

Pocket this blog post for future reference. 😀



Need to rush to a business meeting? Or are you just too tired to drive back home after a long day at work? Well, thank your lucky stars for Uber.

One of the top apps in 2014, Uber has disrupted the transportation scene in the Philippines. For a very affordable price, you get to enjoy a comfortable ride, with your own private driver, to literally anywhere you want.

If you’ve been living in Manila for a while, you’ll know how difficult it is to hail a cab or get around the metro through public transportation vehicles. But with Uber, all you need is a few clicks on your mobile phone and your vehicle will be arriving in just a few minutes.

Driving to your preferred destination isn’t always an ideal choice, so Uber proves to be a convenient way to go anywhere you prefer.

The PayrollHero team loves Uber, and I personally use Uber at least 2-4 times a week.


With courteous drivers, affordable rates, and very friendly customer support, Uber is definitely one of the top apps for ANYONE, entrepreneur or not.

If for some reason you haven’t tried Uber yet, now’s the time. Go for it, and tweet us how your first ride goes.

Google Docs

Transitioning from Microsoft Word to Google Docs isn’t always easy, but it’s a jump I’m more than happy I made a few years ago.

With Google Docs, you can write any document and it auto-saves instantly. You literally never have to press “Save” again.

As you’re usually always on the go, it’s inevitable that you do forget to save your document from time to time. This won’t be an issue anymore with Google Docs.

What makes it awesome though is that it syncs with your entire Google account (Google Drive). So all you really need is a Gmail account, and you can use Google Docs (as well as Google Sheets), anytime.

Google Docs is free, in the cloud, and very easy to use. Give it a go today!



Of course you need to unwind somehow! Spotify is a great way to just relax and enjoy good music.

Spotify is FREE, although there’s a premium plan if you don’t want to be bothered with ads. You can also use the offline mode if you avail of the premium plan.

With Spotify, you get access to a boatload of music, from almost any genre you can think of. Unless you’re a Swifty, there’s no way for you not to enjoy Spotify.

Even busy entrepreneurs deserve some good music!


That rounds up our top apps for busy entrepreneurs list. I hope you make good use of some (if not all!) of the apps listed here. Become more productive, and more awesome with these must-download apps!

Keep checking our blog for more of these as we’ll come up with part two of the best apps for busy entrepreneurs in the coming weeks!

Singapore’s Ikeda Spa Chooses PayrollHero

Ikeda Spa Singapore

Singapore’s first Japanese day spa, Ikeda Spa has moved their time, attendance and payroll needs to PayrollHero’s Singapore payroll platform. Co-founder Eric Tan said “I choose PayrollHero for my spa chain as I have stores across Singapore and I was in need of a complete, end to end solution that not only helped manage my time and attendance but my payroll. PayrollHero’s tool was exactly what I need. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to other business owners in Singapore”.

PayrollHero’s platform is built with specific tools for multi-location restaurant and retail chains like Ikeda Spa. Want to learn more? Reach out anytime.

MUST-TRY Halloween Themed Restaurants 2015


Ah… Pumpkins, lanterns, cute kids running around wearing superhero or monster costumes… That’s your queue that Halloween is right around the corner.

And this year, we @ PayrollHero feel that it’s going to be extra fun and exciting!

Why you might ask?

CASE IN POINT: Restaurants with Halloween Specials!

We’re featuring 2 of our favourite restaurants in this post: Que Pasa Naga and Krispy Kreme Philippines

These two have extra awesome Halloween themed gimmicks which aims to excite and bring a mixture of joy and FEAR (okay, not really) to Filipinos this time of the year. 

So… anyone ready for a spooky-sensational dining experience

¿Que Pasa?


If you find yourself in Naga City, there’s absolutely no reason not to drop by and enjoy a mouth-watering meal at ¿Que Pasa?.

¿Que Pasa? is a food joint in Barlin Street, 4400 Naga City which serves delicious Bicolano Colonial Cuisine which is a mix of Bicolano and Spanish flavors. 

What they are most famous for though are their BARBECUES.

Here’s an excerpt from their Facebook page: 


O-kay! Now we got that out of the way, here’s what they are doing this Halloween:



If ever you’re in town on October 31st (2015), you can drop by to ¿Que Pasa? wearing your best Halloween costume and dine for FREE. This promo is only available for the first 155 customers so you better get ready! 

They will also be giving away prizes during the #DiaDeLosMuertos.


P2,000!? That’s one Happy Halloween indeed! 

If you’re wondering what will be served… Aside from their must-try barbecues of course, they will also be unveiling 2 NEW dishes on the 31st.


There’s absolutely no reason to miss this event if you’re anywhere near Naga City.

But if don’t happen to be in Naga, and you still want to experience some awesome Halloween dining experience, you’re in luck because Krispy Kreme Philippines wants to SPOOKIFY (if that’s a real word) your dessert!

Yep, Krispy Kreme brings your favorite monsters to life, such as Frankenstein above. Who btw, somehow managed to take over the Twitter account of Krispy Kreme PH!

Take a look at some of their Halloween-themed donuts!

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They have the Scarecrow donut, Mummy, Worms, Fangs, and the very iconic Pumpkin-themed donuts. 

And here’s my personal favorite, the Frankie donut – hiding inside my paperbag! Not only is it really cute (ironically!), It tastes really good. You should definitely try it! 


Oh, and YOU CAN WIN A FREE Frankie donut (or any other Halloween donut of your choice) too! 


Just join Krispy Kreme’s “Magic Money” promo to enjoy their Halloween donut for FREE.

Here’s how: 


Krispy Kreme Philippines sure know how to celebrate Halloween, and they want you to join in on the fun. Give them a visit while these Halloween-themed donuts are still available! They might not be in stores for long! 

Enjoy Your Halloween!

Aside from Que Pasa Naga and Krispy Kreme Philippines, there are other restaurants and food joints celebrating the Halloween vibes. Rest assured, you’re going to have an extra awesome Halloween this 2015, thanks to these cool Philippine restaurants who knows how to have some fun and celebrate Halloween.

The PayrollHero team wishes you an exciting Halloween! Tweet us and let us know how it goes!

16 Entrepreneur Interviews for you to Learn How To Do Business in S.E. Asia

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BPO Executive: Stefan Vermeulen, CEO of D&V Philippines

Executive Interview: Horst von Wendorff from

Executive Interview: Nicholas Sinclair, President of the Outsourced Accountant

Certified Profile: Clare Matchett, ServiceSeeking Manila

Executive Interview: Simon Meers, Managing Director, Wint & Kidd Inc (Philippines)


Restaurant Executive: Karla Campos, CEO of Dell’s Foodhall

Restaurant / Retail Executive: Claudine Chan-Cobankiat, Kichitora of Tokyo and Qrius

Executive Interview: Russell Yu, IKI Concepts – a Singapore restauranteur talks about bringing his brands into the Philippines and is unique take on attracting talent.

Restaurant Executive: Adrien Desbaillets, President SaladStop! – a Singapore chain talks about opening in the Philippines and his restaurant expansion.

Restaurant Executive: Andrew Masigan, The Advent Manila Hospitality Group – a Philippine restauranteur talks about his experience growing restaurants in Manila.

Carlo Buenaflor, the CEO of Bigg’s, Inc. Carlo operates 15 restaurants in the Bicol area of the Philippines and is the honorary consul of Spain in the Bicol Region of the Philippines.


Joey Qua, CEO, with 25 branches nationwide and a growing restaurant business.

Eileen Grey, The Picture Company a 9 location retail chain in the Philippines


Executive Interview: Rob Nixon, CEO & Founder of PANALITIX

Executive Interview: Mike O’Hagan of Mike’s Manila Tours

David Elefant: Doing Business in the Philippines

Carlos Celdran on the Philippine Business Environment

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