Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Three Common Misconceptions of Payroll Outsourcing


Payroll outsourcing has become a growing practice. With its advantages, a lot companies are now opting to partner with payroll outsourcing providers. Despite the proven benefits, there are still some few misconceptions about payroll outsourcing. Here are three misconceptions that need some clarity.

Payroll outsourcing is costly. Wrong. Many companies have now realized that handling payroll in-house is more expensive than outsourcing. With the amount of time and people it can take to handle payroll, a lot of companies have found that payroll outsourcing has been a better way to reduce costs. Professional payroll providers can also save companies from BIR penalties or DOLE disputes due to incorrect processing of payroll or failure to adhere to the latest tax tables and social security contributions.

Payroll Outsourcing is not Secure. Not the case. Professional payroll providers will always take extra precautions to avoid data breaches. Given the high level of sensitive data, payroll providers go above and beyond to keep client information safe and secure.

Payroll Outsourcing is a Complicated Process. False. To get you easily set up in motion, most payroll providers have simple, user-friendly systems in place. A trusted provider like Circa Logica Group will help you prepare, gathering information they need in advance to understand your needs, leading to a smooth and easy transition.


Reference: Harney, R. (2019, March 5). In-House Payroll vs. Outsourcing Payroll Services. Retrieved from LBMC Family of Companies: www.lbmc.com

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Monday, February 1, 2021

How to create a culture of Execution?

A study showed that execution is a weakness among Filipino leaders. This relates to what Anthropologists call “ningas kugon” which describes the tendency to lose enthusiasm for something and not follow through. So how do we address this concern? A study conducted among successful organizations in the Philippines suggests five ways to create a culture of execution:

1) Inclusion of people from multiple levels in the strategic planning process
2) Communication of directions
3) Role clarity and accountability
4) Monitoring of implementation
5) Linking performance to appropriate rewards

The same study also emphasized the critical role of leaders in creating a culture of execution. Actions such as leading by doing, giving personal touch when driving execution, and championing execution-supportive values are indicators of Filipino leaders that creates balance between tasks and relationships.

Reference: Franco, Teng-Calleja, Hechanova. (2018). Organization Development Practice in the Philippines. (M. T.-C. Edna P. Franco, Ed.) Quezon: Ateneo de Manila University Press.
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Circa Logica Group Officially A Member of PMAP Cebu

In our commitment to stay abreast with the current demands of organizations and businesses in Cebu, we are pleased to announce that Circa Logica Group has been inducted as one of the new corporate members of PMAP Cebu. This membership helps ensure that efforts are truly relevant to the needs of today’s ever-changing business climate.

“It is indeed an honor and privilege to be a member of one of the most highly respected chapters of PMAP. This membership also serves as an introduction of Circa Logica Group’s expansion in Cebu to better serve our partner clients in Visayas and Mindanao,” said Nigele Almocera, Business Development Lead.



About Circa Logica Group

Circa Logica Group is a multi-awarded training, advisory, and human resources company in the Philippines known for providing top-notch, strategic, and passion-driven solutions, advisory, and audit services helping organizations of any size succeed.

Founded after more than sixty years of combined extensive expertise in the full spectrum of human resources, administration, and training with robust understanding and application in operations management, lean principle, performance management, employee development, and full-cycle human resources and administrative processes.

Flagship HR solutions include:

• Executive Search & Headhunting
• Outsourced HR Management
• In-House Training
• Payroll Outsourcing
• HR Process Audit

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

New Year, New Me: Healthier Ways In Managing Work Stress


We have done many ways in managing work stress. However, what we usually fail to realize is that we might be doing it the wrong way. Several studies have found that most people are managing stress in unhealthy ways (e.g., drank, binged on unhealthy food, smoked, used drugs, or isolate themselves socially). Having this in mind is our first step in effectively managing stress. To make us more productive and engaged this 2021, here are healthier ways in managing work stress that are highly recommended by doctors and psychologists.

1) Begin every day by taking just 10 minutes to plan and prioritize a realistic set of targets.

2) Keep track of your stress through the day. Use a Stress Diary to take note of where stressful events happened, who you were with, and how you reacted. Identify situations to avoid in the future, and cultivate healthy coping mechanisms.

3) Have "no-work" times in your schedule. Plan in advance, turn off phone, don't check email and put work out of your mind.

4) Use time off to the full take annual leave and make your holidays and weekend periods of recharging and recovery.

5) Use relaxation techniques such as exercise, yoga and meditation.

6) Get support from any health and safety or HR Department to make sure your workplace is safe and comfortable.

7) Don't try to control the uncontrollable. Company structures and colleagues' personalities are outside of your control so don't exhaust yourself obsessing about it.

8) Avoid Perfectionism. If the work is done and adequate, don't push yourself to do more.

9) Find the funny side. Laughing at a situation helps a lot too.

10) Appreciate the positive. Try to focus on pride in your own work, your workmates good points, and anything that keeps you seeing the brighter side of things.


Again, what is important is to identify your unhealthy ways and commit to a healthier way of managing work stress, and applying these tips are for sure a great starting point. Now more than ever, as the pandemic is still present, prioritizing your health is the best way to start the new year. Knowing that you are much more than your work and giving an appropriate amount of your time and energy to work is important to establishing a healthy work-life balance.


Reference: T. L. Lindquist et al, “Influence of lifestyle, coping and job stress on blood pressure”, Hypertension (1997); “A Passion for Work-Life Balance”, Robert Half (2016).


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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

CLG Head Retains LinkedIn's Top 100 Filipinos Spot

Circa Logica Group CEO & Managing Partner, Mikel Leroi Balansag, retained his spot on the Top 100 Filipinos To Follow On LinkedIn For Inspiration and Learning, sitting at the 30th spot, up by 8 levels from 2019's list.

The list provides iconic Filipinos to follow on LinkedIn published by Marketing In Asia, a Malaysia-based online op-ed magazine aimed to empower millions of Asian brands and professionals.

"Now, more than ever, Filipinos who continue to show up for the community on LinkedIn despite all the challenges deserve to be recognized.
"During these challenging times, this collective effort of showing up for the Filipino LinkedIn community is super valuable to the point that it can actually help “save” other people’s lives on so many levels.
"They are the ones, who, in the face of job losses, businesses shutting down and tough times this year, choose to show up, educate, share insights, learn from others, inspire the community and spread hope and positivity."

"2020 was a tough year due to the pandemic affecting all organizations. HR practitioners are expected to step up and serve as corporate frontliners ensuring business resiliency and continuity. Through Linkedin and various online platforms, we were able to help the HR community understand the ins and outs of navigating through the pandemic yielding amazing results," says Balansag.

Balansag is also a finalist for Most Engaging Posts on Linkedin In 2020 enumerated in the same article.