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The Reality of Being a Filipino Nurse in Saudi Arabia

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Dependency on Filipino nurse is an essential part of the Saudi Arabian healthcare system. The country faces a real shortage of medical care service providers. Many big hospitals in Saudi are on the rise and most of which are suffering from providing quality care due to nurse shortage. Most hospitals have chosen the path of importing professional labor to satisfy their needs for the necessary nurse.

Recruitment of nurses from third world countries has been the solution to fill in the requirement for qualified nurses. While Saudi perceives third world countries as a gold mine to recruit nurses, nurses from these countries see Saudi Arabia as a stepping stone to the western world, such as a career in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Is it safe to live and work as a Filipino nurse in Saudi Arabia?

In terms of personal and physical safety as a woman, the possibility of being robbed or assaulted is extremely low. It would be more likely to be involved in a traffic accident than security accidents.

Many testimonies have proven that women can freely go out alone without being harassed but be cautious of lusty stares and the inappropriate male gaze. It is true that it is easy to be objectified as a woman in Saudi Arabia for being different in terms of how the way you look, but by being extra careful, you can assure yourself security.

You don’t really have to wear a hijab to cover your hair, but you have to wear an abaya especially when you’re off the hospital compound.

Outside of work, you can find any hobby or interests you are into there. Apart from the unlimited travel options, you can enjoy your social life by joining various interests groups and formal events.

How is it working as a Filipino nurse in Saudi Arabia?

Every high- skilled professional such as doctors and nurses undergo a rigorous fact-checking from the Saudi Labor Ministry.

Most of the time, nurses are working 44 hours per week. Basically, it is more than the work hours you used to be working full-time here in the Philippines.  You will surely flip day shift to night shift work. Due to nurse shortage, Filipino nurses were pushed to work overload.

Saudi Arabia employs nurses from varying citizenship. This entails differences in terms of standards of nursing education and scope of practices.

In Saudi Arabia, there is a high incidence of metabolic and genetic disorders. If you will be assigned in large hospitals, you will surely have the opportunity to use the latest healthcare gadgets. Saudi Arabia seems to offer wonderful progression opportunities to build nursing careers. One of the exciting opportunities will be the chance to work for some of the world’s most modern and state-of-the-art healthcare facilities.

If you are a Filipino nurse who can adapt at things that are different, embrace cultural differences, and someone who doesn’t take life seriously, you have high chances to survive in Saudi Arabia without any problems. It will be easy for you to make friends and have an amazing social life. After all, your experience in the country will rely mostly on whatever you make out of it.

Benefits still outweigh the negatives if there will be. Working as a Filipino nurse in Saudi Arabia will surely let you pay off all of your debt and have the chance to even travel the world.

If there are common trouble Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia commonly encounter is being jailed and arrested for fabricating credentials. Misrepresentations and tampering will surely lead you to wrong places and even deportation. By dealing with a reputable recruitment agency, you can avoid encountering such trouble.

Here at Rensol Recruitment, being an ethical staffing agency, we assure that every Filipino nurse will have all their papers validated and will never, in any means, facilitate fraud from happening

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Rensol Recruitment and Consulting, Inc. is the fastest growing recruitment agency in The Philippines. A career consultant that aims to go above and beyond the level of expectations of both the aspirations of the candidates and the dream team standards of employers through providing exceptional opportunities and unparalleled quality-driven recruitment services.

Key to Ultimate Patient Satisfaction: Kind and Compassionate Healthcare Professionals

Everyone intrinsically longs for the feeling of home, where he can feel that he is cared for. This translates to the need of the patients to be attended by healthcare professionals who have genuine kindness and compassion in caring for other people.

There’s no denying that pulling off processes and technological innovations to provide quality services to patients are vital factors in improving health conditions and in achieving patient satisfaction; but healthcare providers need not to overlook the importance of human elements to healthcare.

A scientific literature review by Stanford University and Dignity Health has shown that healthcare services which were delivered with kindness and compassion have resulted to positive health improvements among patients (e.g. reduced pain, reduced anxiety, shorter hospital stays, etc.). It was also found that it helps build a good relationship between the patient and the medical personnel that ultimately leads to accurate sharing of information and proper diagnosis and treatment. This review is just one of the many studies that affirm that love, care and kindness plays a hand in the rehabilitation and improvement of health patients.

Moreover, Dr. James Dotty, founder and director of Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education said that when healthcare is delivered with kindness and compassion, it has a significantly greater effect than when it is given in a dispassionate fashion that assumes that human connection has no benefit.

Rensol Recruitment have its database and network resources rich with “care givers” who have the mind and the heart, especially in the Filipino populace of healthcare professionals.

International healthcare recruitment significantly drives the demand for Filipino nurses and other health professionals to different parts of the world. The Filipino brand of healthcare has been widely- known as innately gentle and respectful in approach. Apparently, healthcare decisions made by the working Filipino were highly- influenced by their religion, their family, and their home.

Filipinos, in a research study, showed strong faith, strong family ties, and strong aspiration to lift their family to financial abundance. This goes to show how they are inclined to take care of the sick, most especially the elderly.

There’s no denying that kindness and compassion is not everyone’s thing, and it for sure, cannot be mandated, that is why it’s important to have healthcare professionals who innately possesses these values. Healthcare professionals who will take good care of others even nobody is watching. Healthcare professionals who will be more than happy to offer what they can even if they are tired and stressed. Healthcare professionals who have the intelligence to apply the right treatment and the heart to make his/her patient smile.

“‘Cure sometimes, treat often, and comfort always.’”

– Hippocrates

For more information on how to conduct a healthcare recruitment campaign with above and beyond end to end assistance in the Philippines, please connect with the Business Development Team at [email protected] We will be ready to sit down with you and understand your concerns and configure a complete recruitment plan to ensure better success.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Rensol Recruitment and Consulting, Inc. is the fastest growing recruitment agency in The Philippines. A career consultant that aims to go above and beyond the level of expectations of both the aspirations of the candidates and the dream team standards of employers through providing exceptional opportunities and unparalleled quality-driven recruitment services.

 

I Can Go The Distance – A Valentine Special

There are the plane engines that are heard revving from afar. Families escorting their loved ones towards the departure area with the already saddened vibe. People, busy scurrying around, settling their own matters and last farewells. Parents, already missing their sons and daughters, and children, already crying for they know that dad or mom will go away for a while.

The hardest goodbye will always be that one:

That one last sniff of their familiar scent.
That one last comforting embrace.
That one last glance into the already heavyhearted eyes.

The usual scene in Filipino airports as they wave them goodbye…

“Love transcends boundaries. Make the pain of being far away worth every waking day.”

Sometimes life forces Filipinos to leave behind those who matter to them so that they can make them experience the best that the world can provide. They are driven to conquer the unforgiving arena of the professional world overseas not because of fake patriotism and a pure, selfish want of a more, but because they dream of a better life for those they hold most dear. Filipinos work, enduring the coldness of the biting loneliness, missing the warmth of everyone’s homely embrace and radiant laughter, because they have to. Their families depend on these modern heroes. Life is already hard – and working far away, even harder.

Filipinos are the best universal employees not only because of their world-competent skillset, not only because of their adaptability in whichever field, and not only because they are humble, friendly, and jolly people on and off work. They are the best workers that the world has ever seen because they do everything with love as their greatest motivational core. Love drives their passion for hard work. They push the boundary of what was only conceived to be the limits of what a person can do because something propels and inspires them to be the best version of what they can be for their families, out there, in the working world. Filipinos are the best workers in the world for they aspire not only for their own growth and success but for their families’ prosperity as well. One’s success is a whole’s triumph.

Filipino workers are putting great strain on their hearts and minds when they leave those who matter to them in search of a greener pasture, for that great pursuit of a better life. That is why they must choose a reliable and trustworthy recruitment firm that will help them reach that dream. On the other hand, foreign employers who gambles their business’ futures whenever they import workers abroad would want to set their eyes on engaging and employing only the best people for their available professional opportunities and that makes choosing the right recruitment service, to help them find the perfect manpower that matches their preferences and inclinations. This is of great significance for both sides – to find a good quality recruitment firm that genuinely cares for everyone’s well-being.

That is where Rensol Recruitment and Consulting comes in – they aim to bridge the gap between those that are seeking entrepreneurial success and those who can be instrumental to that success.

Their brand of recruitment is committed to the idea that their client’s best interests are of paramount importance. They dedicate their everyday operations towards reaching the clients’ set standards and placing the right man for the specific task with no shortcuts and no foolery. Their passion in meeting the clientele’s needs outweighs any other objective, any other goal. Rensol’s critical sorting process finds and tailors the right Filipino worker for the job. Placing the ones with the most effective skillset as required by their client database with varying lines of business across continents is what they do best. They handle everything from recruitment planning up to post deployment for they care about those who choose to trust their recruitment services. And in this business, trust and reliability will help you go a long way in landing success in your respective businesses.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Rensol Recruitment and Consulting, Inc. is the fastest growing recruitment agency in The Philippines. A career consultant that aims to go above and beyond the level of expectations of both the aspirations of the candidates and the dream team standards of employers through providing exceptional opportunities and unparalleled quality-driven recruitment services.

How Filipinos Stabilize the Talent Imbalance in the Global Hospitality Industry

The demand for hospitality services has grown bigger as millennials, the wanderlust generation, conquered one-third of the world’s hotel guests and may reach 50 percent by 2020. Meanwhile, this increase in the global consumer trend hasn’t corresponded with the level of competency of the hospitality workforce. In a report by the Food Service Consultants Society International (FCSI), hospitality, despite being a people industry, unfortunately, lacks the right people for the right skill set.

 

Crisis on Human Capital

Talent imbalance is the lack of candidates, lack of experience, or the lack of skills or technical capabilities among candidates. Tagged as a crisis on human capital, it has become one of the biggest challenges facing the recruitment of hospitality talents.

This problem was associated with recruitment professionals to the relatively low career attractiveness of this industry. This roots from the usual remote geographical locations of travel hotspots, the stereotyping for being an industry for low skilled workers with low compensation, demanding working hours, gender-biased vacancies, and zero career growth.

With this, the escalation on hard-to-fill vacancies lead to poor customer service, increase costs in hospitality service, and worse, decreasing profits. This acute impact impelled many companies to employ candidates with little experience to no qualifications at all.

 

Traditional Hospitality at its Best

The international hospitality industry has been long suffering from an under-skilled labor force based on FCSI’s Taste of Society 2020 Report. The struggle of matching talent’s competitiveness to the necessity of the current market has been a crisis being ignored.

Many companies, including the government, invested most of their resources to infrastructure to enrich tourism, however, they have downplayed the need for human capital that will arise from such upgrades. Some resorted to automation and other technological advancements to cover up lack of manpower, but at the end of the day, traditional hospitality is still unsurpassed.

A people industry highly-depends on quality people to efficiently provide a quality service. This industry should realize that manpower is not an additional cost but an investment to improve your package. Your company should not just be a tourist destination, but a talent destination, as well.

 

Strategic Hospitality Recruitment

Talent imbalances were anticipated to elevate the need for global talents. Various developments in tourism had generated millions of jobs and the challenge of filling it with the most qualified talents has been competitive, too. Hospitality recruitment agencies should be strategic in employing approaches geared towards talent attraction.

The Philippines, specifically, is one of the World’s top source of globally-competitive workers. Hospitality is an innate value among Filipinos and the industry dedicated to it is something these people are already passionate about. That is why Fortune 500 companies have Filipinos in their top choices for skilled professionals. Their brand of hospitality is innate and world-famous.

Rensol believes that world-class recruitment practices and innovative approaches in talent acquisition will significantly help your company to address talent imbalances in your workplace and to essentially attract the best candidate for your vacancies.

Seasoned recruiters will always have an eye for star performers. Learn more of our best practices in talent acquisition and let us collaborate to achieve your business goals.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Rensol Recruitment and Consulting, Inc. is the fastest growing recruitment agency in The Philippines. A career consultant that aims to go above and beyond the level of expectations of both the aspirations of the candidates and the dream team standards of employers through providing exceptional opportunities and unparalleled quality-driven recruitment services.

An Executive’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and the Psychology of Filipino Workers

If a candidate wants to get hired, he primarily needs high Intelligence Quotient (IQ), but if he covets to get promoted, he must have a high Emotional Intelligence (EQ). In the same correlation, if an executive desire to be successful, he should have a team with high IQ, but if he aims for an excellent one, he must have a team who values EQ.

It was a proven fact that an executive can only achieve the ascendance from the monotony of success to the full culmination of excellence if he has a team who works together in harmony and in maximum effectiveness. The competition in talent acquisition has really been tough these days. It is on how human resource strategies get along with the rapid changes to explicitly respond to the demands of the competition without compromising the quality of hired employees as their company’s invaluable assets. The job has been tedious but there is a key for every executive and their recruiters to conclude a talent decision the company will never regret. Apart from satisfying clients’ expectations, the company can also attain a work ambiance healthy for everyone. Apparently, a recruiter could never go wrong with a candidate who possesses high levels of EQ. Regardless of job type, EQ has been a reliable predictor of a guaranteed positive performance in the workplace.

Long before, IQ has been the only gauge recruiters have to foresee a candidate’s viable success in the industry. But with decades of research, a missing link yet a critical factor that was long disregarded in the crucial process of talent acquisition has been found. This critical factor doesn’t just make the job of recruiters easier but just ascertained that they may have been losing potential top performers in the process. It was just in 1995 when this new kind of smart has been determined and coined. And in 2020, the World Economic Forum predicts this to emerge as one of the top 20 skills among human resources, even surpassing technical abilities.

 

Emotion Matters

Emotional intelligence or EQ surprisingly comprises that critical portion to 90% of star performers in every company. But by being intangible, it may be difficult to figure how much we have or how much we actually lack. Emotions are intrinsic to our humanness and are vital in controlling how will we behave within our premise. Inherently, candidates with high levels of EQ can manage their own feelings, can perceive and express themselves, can form and maintain social relationships, can cope with stressful challenges and can come up with personal decisions which guarantee favorable result. Such qualities may have been commendatory for many executives who envisions to have a healthy work environment and an excellent workspace. It so happens that people with high EQ are usually successful in most things they do. Every team wants to have them. Their attitude essentially brings good karma back to them.

Meanwhile, if you have an employee who get stressed easily, who could not stand tension and endure anxiety, who couldn’t manage their moods responsibly, who couldn’t handle conflict, who are quick to make assumptions and argues vehemently, who easily succumbed to pessimistic emotions, who always blames other people, who are easily offended by negative remarks, or those who are just being toxic in your workplace are indications you have overlooked the candidate’s level of EQ before absorbing them in your company. Along with an increasingly demanding professional climate various industry requires, higher stress levels, increased workloads and hours, and the pressure of the fast-paced environment make it more crucial. Executives should try to hire the most emotionally- intelligent individuals who could handle this or at the very least, dedicate premium for their manpower’s emotional needs.

While cognitive intelligence is as significant to determine whether a candidate could perform the job as prescribed, knowing whether he will succeed in doing such is where emotional intelligence plays a great role.  This will foretell a candidate’s motivation, creativity, drive, commitment, passion, and energy to carry out his function more than we expect.

IQ alone could not fill in your vacancies with ideal employees you ever wished to have.  A man with high EQ but low IQ may have intellectual discrepancies while having someone with high IQ, but low EQ may lead to poor performance. An ideal candidate is a seamless fusion of both.

Executives must acknowledge this strategy as their own competitive edge in their respective market and for such assets are keys which will never be duplicated by competitors.

 

The Filipino Psychology

There has been a lot of misconceptions about how western countries view the psychology of the Filipino people. Dr. Virgilio Enriquez, the Father of Philippine Psychology himself, pinpointed the emotional values of Filipinos that many western ideologies had subjected into bad light.

Enriquez highlighted in his contributions to the study regarding the emotional intelligence of the Filipino people the three core values that have been uniquely shared in its culture.

First is the concept of “Kapwa” or shared identity which emphasizes how Filipino communities have been established.  Everyone in the community is generally inclined with a people-centered orientation, that they are morally-obliged to connect and to build relationship with others.

Second is the shared inner nobility or the spirit of “Bayanihan” where people are willing to offer a helping hand for a common cause.

Lastly, intuition or in the western psychology, specifically known as emotional intelligence. This has been an innate quality among Filipinos where they can naturally read body languages, tone of voice, and hidden emotions by mere gut- feeling.

For Westerners, the ‘as- God- wills’ attitude among Filipinos is a sign of fatalism but in actuality, it is an expression of determination and preparedness to face whatever challenge is ahead. Some foreign countries also regard the concept of “debt of gratitude” as a return of favor with interest but on the contrary, it is not a debt obliged to be paid but only a regard to kindness being offered. The natural expression of shame among locals was also misunderstood by westerners as on how awkward we are to become socially acceptable but in fact, it is just our innate sense of propriety to whatever circumstances we get involved with. Even the way Filipinos aim for companionship was a misconception to debunk as it was regarded to avoid arguments or conflicts but in reality, it is just natural for many Filipinos to long for camaraderie, build relationships, and form harmonious community, and as a norm, Filipinos give the best treatment they think every human deserves. Lastly, Filipinos were seen as being too emotional. Studies have shown that the Philippines topped as the home of the World’s most emotional people, while Singapore, being the least. But to be more precise, being emotional is an understatement.

Psychologist regarded this behavior distinctively as emotional expressiveness, a relevant indicator of emotional intelligence. Expressiveness comes along with awareness in recognizing the entirety of emotionality.

After all, EQ is not being emotional alone, it is an umbrella term for skills such as: self- awareness, interpersonal communication, flexibility, stress management, and optimism.

Singapore has actually pioneered emotional intelligence education because of their alarming status on EQ while the United States, which doesn’t appear at the forefront in the statistic, has still to work on their level of self- awareness, a skill innate for 60% of Filipino people.

This nature has been considered by psychologists from Spaniards which had an occupancy of three centuries in the archipelago.  

While emotional intelligence is a set of core skills and competencies that we could learn and develop as we grow, Filipinos, in general, are innate to be intelligent emotionally.

Seasoned recruiters will always have an eye for star performers. Learn more of our best practices in talent acquisition and let us collaborate to achieve your business goals.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Rensol Recruitment and Consulting, Inc. is the fastest growing recruitment agency in The Philippines. A career consultant that aims to go above and beyond the level of expectations of both the aspirations of the candidates and the dream team standards of employers through providing exceptional opportunities and unparalleled quality-driven recruitment services.