KPMG top bosses foster compassionate workplace

Jan Yumul, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2016 06:42 PM | Updated as of Nov 30 2016 10:48 PM

MANILA - Two top bosses at auditing firm KPMG R.G. & Manabat are humanizing their Filipino brand of leadership to help employees discover their potentials.

"To me, a boss is someone who will take care of the people. We've always promoted 'malasakit' in the firm," said Sharon Dayoan, KPMG vice-chairperson and head of audit.

A compassionate act can start with something as simple as turning off the lights when nobody is around, Dayoan said.

"But I think it's not just what we should expect from people. It is something that we give to our employees as well," she said.

Dayoan is a founding member of the recently launched Filipina CEO Circle, a group empowering Filipinas to achieve their full potential and pursue their ambitions to head and lead organizations in the workplace.

Emmanuel Bonoan, KPMG R.G. & Manabat's chief operating officer, believes a boss has to be "very multi-dimensional," given the pool and diverse clients they encounter.

"Our people are very important. We do spend a lot of time and investments in mentoring our people. Even making sure that it's a fun place to work. We bust out a keg of beer every so often," he said.

"We enjoy our parties, we enjoy our outings and that's just as important as work. That's what we always emphasize because it's not just about the fun, but really the process of having fun. We get people to work together. That's essential in what a boss is supposed to do. Steer the firm, clients and people to the right direction," he added.

Bonoan served in government as finance undersecretary from 2004 to 2006.

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