Working at Drink: A Toast to Work-Life Balance

1 MIN READ | ADMIN

When Drink started, our goal was simple. With a small team, we began weaving meaningful stories into each sustainability journey. We knew we had to inspire and compel change. We wanted to communicate beyond statistics and unravel the lives behind each metric and data point. 

This is Drink now. Over 12 years, we have grown with our projects and clientele. This would not have been possible without our talented and dedicated workforce. As the pioneer of business sustainability communications in Southeast Asia, we treasure our people and practice what we preach by applying sustainability ethics and core values in our day-to-day operations. 

With our Human Resources division, we collaborated with our employees to institutionalize benefits and programs that make our people happy to work and happy to stay.

CREATE SOLUTIONS THAT MATTER: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DRINK EMPLOYEE

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we did not hesitate to establish work-from-home arrangements to ensure our collective safety and peace of mind. Over time, we realized this setup was doable and helped us maintain healthier work-life harmony. 

It took some time to get used to, but we eventually learned how to maximize our creative energy and collaborative potential through the digital space. 

This is how we brought our office spaces and systems online:

  1. Out of bed, straight to work

Once we’re ready to face the day, we log our attendance online. We do this by simply chatting our timestamp in the designated attendance thread. Throughout the day, we can also log our breaks and notify our return to the workspace.

  1. Team updates and kumustahan

To start the week, our teams align their deliverables by meeting and finalizing targets online. This also allows the team members to check in on each other and support one another on their tasks.

  1. Town hall meetings

To inform our employees on the latest company achievements, relevant news, and management updates, we hold town hall meetings once a month. We also take this as an opportunity to gather questions or concerns from the workforce to maintain employee morale and satisfaction. 

  1. Meetless Wednesdays


Ever felt congested from the back-to-back online meetings? Drink avoids this by implementing a company-wide mid-week breather from online meetings, aptly dubbed Meetless Wednesdays, so that teams can refocus, rest, and realign with other urgent targets.

  1. Work, rest, and play

 

We take work-life balance very seriously. Hear it from our employees, Kad and Michael. Kad chose to stay and work in sunny Siargao, while Michael mainly works in his Bicol home, just a few steps away from his vegetable garden. 

Kad, Project Management Head

Because of the work-from-home setup, I can work from the magical island of Siargao. Being close to nature and doing outdoor activities were some of the great things I can do now at Drink. Drink has a supportive culture, as they allowed me to continue teaching yoga on the side as long as I get to fulfill my quality work on time. Some companies could interpret working from the island as being on vacation, but Drink is not like that. Drink respects my decision to live away from the busy city and on the island where I feel at peace. 

My day starts by looking at the tides and the weather while brewing my coffee. I open my laptop after to look at my schedule for the day and check if I can surf that day or if it conflicts with my schedule. If there are no meetings, I edit my calendar to show when I am unavailable because of surfing or teaching/practicing yoga. The Drink flexi-time work schedule and good time management skills enable me to balance work and life. I usually take a break during sunset because I go to Catangnan Bridge to skate or watch the sunset. Sometimes you get to see a moonrise too. I take one to three breaks between the day for my hobbies and rest. Despite making time for my hobbies, I finish all my tasks of the day. Time management is key. 

Michael, Sustainability Associate

I’m most active in the morning. Starting with a hearty breakfast, I get to work either at home or in our family’s mini farm garden. I sometimes work on the farm when most deliverables don’t require many client virtual meetings. 

It’s good that we can harvest and sometimes sell fresh produce on the farm, like calamansi, papaya, sili, and other vegetables and fruits, like avocados. Having a garden at home is a significant health and lifestyle plus. In addition to the health benefits, I get more focused working outdoors, and the fresh breeze helps boost my creativity throughout the day.

Having a work-everywhere and flexi-time schedule, I get to be more productive over a day’s or week’s worth of work and innovative in a sense it supports personal time and enjoying work which I greatly appreciate at Drink. I never compromised my well-being.

Now I have more time to revisit my interests. Having multi-passionate projects like product development as a hobby business on the side of work like making dips, salad dressings, and anything I turn into a food product makes my week productive. I enjoy my career as a Registered Dietitian with nutrition coaching and another side hustle in the making. Incorporating my culinary background and current work in sustainability, I get to enjoy the path I am currently on, which I would like to pursue further. I have always sought a life-career balance, so Drink has been one of my best career decisions. Now, I can live in the province while still connecting with the world.

You can read about other Drink employee work experiences here.

EMPOWER PEOPLE: MAXIMIZING OUR POTENTIAL

2022 Educational Training Programs

Previously, we featured our employee training programs, specifically the Business Sustainability Management Certificate with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the GHG Accounting training with the British Standards Institution. You can read about our employees’ detailed testimonials here. Here’s a quick recap:

LEARN WITH EACH OTHER: GRASPING TOPICS BEYOND WORK

Drink Learning Sessions

We take pride in our diverse workforce and celebrate their individuality. Our Drink Learning Sessions are conducted by the employees and have featured exciting topics, such as cooking healthy meals, financial security, and even K-Pop bardagulan (chaotic fun). The Human Resources division organizes this monthly and consults the employees on their interests.

Drink Week

Drink Week is one of the company’s annual learning and in-person socializing events. For five days, our teams of writers, designers, sustainability associates, and administrative staff share their best practices and lessons over the past year. We incorporate fun activities throughout the sessions that help us bond and learn more about each other.

Drink Your Water, B

As a cheeky wordplay on Mimiyuh’s hit song, “Drink Your Water, B” is a fun and random online chat space for Drink employees to share memes, music recommendations, pet photos, latest news and trends, work anniversaries, birthdays, and new employee features!

EXCEED EXPECTATIONS: WORKING WITH A HEALTHY MIND AND BODY

Life is more than work. Drink provides physical and mental health benefits to ensure our employees live holistically well. Besides the mandated health benefits and a comprehensive insurance plan, we also offer generous leave benefits to provide more opportunities for our people to recuperate from their professional and personal loads. We also took the initiative to offer mental health consultations via Empath. This institution provides accessible mental healthcare solutions and services such as training for psychosocial support and telemental health consultations.

As we evolve and continue to grow with our partners, we ensure our employees grow with us. As we connect people through our stories, we care for our workforce by facilitating their personal and professional milestones. 

It’s the Drink promise—to commit to sustainability, inside and out.

Working at Drink: A Toast to Work-Life Balance

1 MIN READ | ADMIN

When Drink started, our goal was simple. With a small team, we began weaving meaningful stories into each sustainability journey. We knew we had to inspire and compel change. We wanted to communicate beyond statistics and unravel the lives behind each metric and data point. 

This is Drink now. Over 12 years, we have grown with our projects and clientele. This would not have been possible without our talented and dedicated workforce. As the pioneer of business sustainability communications in Southeast Asia, we treasure our people and practice what we preach by applying sustainability ethics and core values in our day-to-day operations. 

With our Human Resources division, we collaborated with our employees to institutionalize benefits and programs that make our people happy to work and happy to stay.

CREATE SOLUTIONS THAT MATTER: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DRINK EMPLOYEE

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we did not hesitate to establish work-from-home arrangements to ensure our collective safety and peace of mind. Over time, we realized this setup was doable and helped us maintain healthier work-life harmony. 

It took some time to get used to, but we eventually learned how to maximize our creative energy and collaborative potential through the digital space. 

This is how we brought our office spaces and systems online:

  1. Out of bed, straight to work

Once we’re ready to face the day, we log our attendance online. We do this by simply chatting our timestamp in the designated attendance thread. Throughout the day, we can also log our breaks and notify our return to the workspace.

  1. Team updates and kumustahan

To start the week, our teams align their deliverables by meeting and finalizing targets online. This also allows the team members to check in on each other and support one another on their tasks.

  1. Town hall meetings

To inform our employees on the latest company achievements, relevant news, and management updates, we hold town hall meetings once a month. We also take this as an opportunity to gather questions or concerns from the workforce to maintain employee morale and satisfaction. 

  1. Meetless Wednesdays


Ever felt congested from the back-to-back online meetings? Drink avoids this by implementing a company-wide mid-week breather from online meetings, aptly dubbed Meetless Wednesdays, so that teams can refocus, rest, and realign with other urgent targets.

  1. Work, rest, and play

 

We take work-life balance very seriously. Hear it from our employees, Kad and Michael. Kad chose to stay and work in sunny Siargao, while Michael mainly works in his Bicol home, just a few steps away from his vegetable garden. 

Kad, Project Management Head

Because of the work-from-home setup, I can work from the magical island of Siargao. Being close to nature and doing outdoor activities were some of the great things I can do now at Drink. Drink has a supportive culture, as they allowed me to continue teaching yoga on the side as long as I get to fulfill my quality work on time. Some companies could interpret working from the island as being on vacation, but Drink is not like that. Drink respects my decision to live away from the busy city and on the island where I feel at peace. 

My day starts by looking at the tides and the weather while brewing my coffee. I open my laptop after to look at my schedule for the day and check if I can surf that day or if it conflicts with my schedule. If there are no meetings, I edit my calendar to show when I am unavailable because of surfing or teaching/practicing yoga. The Drink flexi-time work schedule and good time management skills enable me to balance work and life. I usually take a break during sunset because I go to Catangnan Bridge to skate or watch the sunset. Sometimes you get to see a moonrise too. I take one to three breaks between the day for my hobbies and rest. Despite making time for my hobbies, I finish all my tasks of the day. Time management is key. 

Michael, Sustainability Associate

I’m most active in the morning. Starting with a hearty breakfast, I get to work either at home or in our family’s mini farm garden. I sometimes work on the farm when most deliverables don’t require many client virtual meetings. 

It’s good that we can harvest and sometimes sell fresh produce on the farm, like calamansi, papaya, sili, and other vegetables and fruits, like avocados. Having a garden at home is a significant health and lifestyle plus. In addition to the health benefits, I get more focused working outdoors, and the fresh breeze helps boost my creativity throughout the day.

Having a work-everywhere and flexi-time schedule, I get to be more productive over a day’s or week’s worth of work and innovative in a sense it supports personal time and enjoying work which I greatly appreciate at Drink. I never compromised my well-being.

Now I have more time to revisit my interests. Having multi-passionate projects like product development as a hobby business on the side of work like making dips, salad dressings, and anything I turn into a food product makes my week productive. I enjoy my career as a Registered Dietitian with nutrition coaching and another side hustle in the making. Incorporating my culinary background and current work in sustainability, I get to enjoy the path I am currently on, which I would like to pursue further. I have always sought a life-career balance, so Drink has been one of my best career decisions. Now, I can live in the province while still connecting with the world.

You can read about other Drink employee work experiences here.

EMPOWER PEOPLE: MAXIMIZING OUR POTENTIAL

2022 Educational Training Programs

Previously, we featured our employee training programs, specifically the Business Sustainability Management Certificate with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the GHG Accounting training with the British Standards Institution. You can read about our employees’ detailed testimonials here. Here’s a quick recap:

LEARN WITH EACH OTHER: GRASPING TOPICS BEYOND WORK

Drink Learning Sessions

We take pride in our diverse workforce and celebrate their individuality. Our Drink Learning Sessions are conducted by the employees and have featured exciting topics, such as cooking healthy meals, financial security, and even K-Pop bardagulan (chaotic fun). The Human Resources division organizes this monthly and consults the employees on their interests.

Drink Week

Drink Week is one of the company’s annual learning and in-person socializing events. For five days, our teams of writers, designers, sustainability associates, and administrative staff share their best practices and lessons over the past year. We incorporate fun activities throughout the sessions that help us bond and learn more about each other.

Drink Your Water, B

As a cheeky wordplay on Mimiyuh’s hit song, “Drink Your Water, B” is a fun and random online chat space for Drink employees to share memes, music recommendations, pet photos, latest news and trends, work anniversaries, birthdays, and new employee features!

EXCEED EXPECTATIONS: WORKING WITH A HEALTHY MIND AND BODY

Life is more than work. Drink provides physical and mental health benefits to ensure our employees live holistically well. Besides the mandated health benefits and a comprehensive insurance plan, we also offer generous leave benefits to provide more opportunities for our people to recuperate from their professional and personal loads. We also took the initiative to offer mental health consultations via Empath. This institution provides accessible mental healthcare solutions and services such as training for psychosocial support and telemental health consultations.

As we evolve and continue to grow with our partners, we ensure our employees grow with us. As we connect people through our stories, we care for our workforce by facilitating their personal and professional milestones. 

It’s the Drink promise—to commit to sustainability, inside and out.

Working at Drink: A Toast to Work-Life Balance

1 MIN READ | ADMIN

When Drink started, our goal was simple. With a small team, we began weaving meaningful stories into each sustainability journey. We knew we had to inspire and compel change. We wanted to communicate beyond statistics and unravel the lives behind each metric and data point. 

This is Drink now. Over 12 years, we have grown with our projects and clientele. This would not have been possible without our talented and dedicated workforce. As the pioneer of business sustainability communications in Southeast Asia, we treasure our people and practice what we preach by applying sustainability ethics and core values in our day-to-day operations. 

With our Human Resources division, we collaborated with our employees to institutionalize benefits and programs that make our people happy to work and happy to stay.

CREATE SOLUTIONS THAT MATTER: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DRINK EMPLOYEE

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we did not hesitate to establish work-from-home arrangements to ensure our collective safety and peace of mind. Over time, we realized this setup was doable and helped us maintain healthier work-life harmony. 

It took some time to get used to, but we eventually learned how to maximize our creative energy and collaborative potential through the digital space. 

This is how we brought our office spaces and systems online:

  1. Out of bed, straight to work

Once we’re ready to face the day, we log our attendance online. We do this by simply chatting our timestamp in the designated attendance thread. Throughout the day, we can also log our breaks and notify our return to the workspace.

  1. Team updates and kumustahan

To start the week, our teams align their deliverables by meeting and finalizing targets online. This also allows the team members to check in on each other and support one another on their tasks.

  1. Town hall meetings

To inform our employees on the latest company achievements, relevant news, and management updates, we hold town hall meetings once a month. We also take this as an opportunity to gather questions or concerns from the workforce to maintain employee morale and satisfaction. 

  1. Meetless Wednesdays


Ever felt congested from the back-to-back online meetings? Drink avoids this by implementing a company-wide mid-week breather from online meetings, aptly dubbed Meetless Wednesdays, so that teams can refocus, rest, and realign with other urgent targets.

  1. Work, rest, and play

 

We take work-life balance very seriously. Hear it from our employees, Kad and Michael. Kad chose to stay and work in sunny Siargao, while Michael mainly works in his Bicol home, just a few steps away from his vegetable garden. 

Kad, Project Management Head

Because of the work-from-home setup, I can work from the magical island of Siargao. Being close to nature and doing outdoor activities were some of the great things I can do now at Drink. Drink has a supportive culture, as they allowed me to continue teaching yoga on the side as long as I get to fulfill my quality work on time. Some companies could interpret working from the island as being on vacation, but Drink is not like that. Drink respects my decision to live away from the busy city and on the island where I feel at peace. 

My day starts by looking at the tides and the weather while brewing my coffee. I open my laptop after to look at my schedule for the day and check if I can surf that day or if it conflicts with my schedule. If there are no meetings, I edit my calendar to show when I am unavailable because of surfing or teaching/practicing yoga. The Drink flexi-time work schedule and good time management skills enable me to balance work and life. I usually take a break during sunset because I go to Catangnan Bridge to skate or watch the sunset. Sometimes you get to see a moonrise too. I take one to three breaks between the day for my hobbies and rest. Despite making time for my hobbies, I finish all my tasks of the day. Time management is key. 

Michael, Sustainability Associate

I’m most active in the morning. Starting with a hearty breakfast, I get to work either at home or in our family’s mini farm garden. I sometimes work on the farm when most deliverables don’t require many client virtual meetings. 

It’s good that we can harvest and sometimes sell fresh produce on the farm, like calamansi, papaya, sili, and other vegetables and fruits, like avocados. Having a garden at home is a significant health and lifestyle plus. In addition to the health benefits, I get more focused working outdoors, and the fresh breeze helps boost my creativity throughout the day.

Having a work-everywhere and flexi-time schedule, I get to be more productive over a day’s or week’s worth of work and innovative in a sense it supports personal time and enjoying work which I greatly appreciate at Drink. I never compromised my well-being.

Now I have more time to revisit my interests. Having multi-passionate projects like product development as a hobby business on the side of work like making dips, salad dressings, and anything I turn into a food product makes my week productive. I enjoy my career as a Registered Dietitian with nutrition coaching and another side hustle in the making. Incorporating my culinary background and current work in sustainability, I get to enjoy the path I am currently on, which I would like to pursue further. I have always sought a life-career balance, so Drink has been one of my best career decisions. Now, I can live in the province while still connecting with the world.

You can read about other Drink employee work experiences here.

EMPOWER PEOPLE: MAXIMIZING OUR POTENTIAL

2022 Educational Training Programs

Previously, we featured our employee training programs, specifically the Business Sustainability Management Certificate with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the GHG Accounting training with the British Standards Institution. You can read about our employees’ detailed testimonials here. Here’s a quick recap:

LEARN WITH EACH OTHER: GRASPING TOPICS BEYOND WORK

Drink Learning Sessions

We take pride in our diverse workforce and celebrate their individuality. Our Drink Learning Sessions are conducted by the employees and have featured exciting topics, such as cooking healthy meals, financial security, and even K-Pop bardagulan (chaotic fun). The Human Resources division organizes this monthly and consults the employees on their interests.

Drink Week

Drink Week is one of the company’s annual learning and in-person socializing events. For five days, our teams of writers, designers, sustainability associates, and administrative staff share their best practices and lessons over the past year. We incorporate fun activities throughout the sessions that help us bond and learn more about each other.

Drink Your Water, B

As a cheeky wordplay on Mimiyuh’s hit song, “Drink Your Water, B” is a fun and random online chat space for Drink employees to share memes, music recommendations, pet photos, latest news and trends, work anniversaries, birthdays, and new employee features!

EXCEED EXPECTATIONS: WORKING WITH A HEALTHY MIND AND BODY

Life is more than work. Drink provides physical and mental health benefits to ensure our employees live holistically well. Besides the mandated health benefits and a comprehensive insurance plan, we also offer generous leave benefits to provide more opportunities for our people to recuperate from their professional and personal loads. We also took the initiative to offer mental health consultations via Empath. This institution provides accessible mental healthcare solutions and services such as training for psychosocial support and telemental health consultations.

As we evolve and continue to grow with our partners, we ensure our employees grow with us. As we connect people through our stories, we care for our workforce by facilitating their personal and professional milestones. 

It’s the Drink promise—to commit to sustainability, inside and out.

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    Art Director

    Qualification:

    – Carry out tasks related to sustainability reporting and help deliver outputs in relation to sustainability reports and communications projects .
    – Synthesize and translate complex information into clear, informative, and compelling materials (e.g., summaries, fact sheets, presentations, online dashboards, reports) for diverse audiences.
    – Support business development opportunities such as in bidding processes, potential client meetings, and proposal writing.
    – Ensure that projects are delivered on time in accordance with Drink’s reputation and standards for producing high-quality outputs.
    – Assist clients in developing strategies on how to embed sustainability in their business operations, risk management, systems, and processes.
    – Help businesses develop strategies to comply with sustainability-related regulations
    – Assist in obtaining independent assurance of a client’s sustainability report by checking the accuracy of the reported data and statements.
    – Develop or assess client’s sustainability strategies, sustainability reports, and data collection processes.
    – Perform other related duties as assigned by the team head.

    Responsibities

    – Responsible for the overall visual style and imagery in projects assigned.
    – Tasked to create the overall design and direct others who develop certain materials for the project (e.g., production team, photographers, and videographers).
    – Constant collaboration with the creative, sustainability, editorial, and support team members to close accounts.
    – Manage secondary sales and marketing channels (website and social media pages).

    Sustainability Associate

    Qualification:

    -BS Degree in Environmental Planning/ Environmental Management/ Environmental Science or other related disciplines. – Familiarity with GRI Standards or certification in GRI Standards Reporting is an advantage.
    – Experience in research and data gathering.
    – Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    – Detail-oriented, transparent, accountable, and adaptable to working in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
    – Works well with diverse teams.
    – Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and deadlines.
    – Ability to work with clients, partners, and colleagues in an innovative and culturally responsible way while exhibiting emotional intelligence
    – Excellent organizational skills, data management and analysis abilities, and attention to detail
    – Proficiency in Google Workspace and/or Microsoft 365 suites

    Responsibities

    -BS Degree in Environmental Planning/ Environmental Management/ Environmental Science or other related disciplines. – Familiarity with GRI Standards or certification in GRI Standards Reporting is an advantage.
    – Experience in research and data gathering.
    – Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    – Detail-oriented, transparent, accountable, and adaptable to working in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
    – Works well with diverse teams.
    – Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and deadlines.
    – Ability to work with clients, partners, and colleagues in an innovative and culturally responsible way while exhibiting emotional intelligence
    – Excellent organizational skills, data management and analysis abilities, and attention to detail
    – Proficiency in Google Workspace and/or Microsoft 365 suites

    Writer

    Qualification:

    – Tertiary qualifications in technical writing, content development, or other significant and relevant experience.
    – Know-how of the research process and experience in research work is a plus.
    – Knowledge and experience in social media copywriting.
    – Capacity to adhere to in-house style and use style guides and templates.
    – Ability to work independently on projects to meet strict deadlines.
    – Strong analytical skills, the ability to interpret technical material, attention to detail.
    – Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    – High-level organizational and time management skills.
    – Highly creative and can work well with a team.
    – Proficiency in Google Workspace and/or Microsoft 365 suites

    Responsibities

    – Fulfill content development assignments given by the editorial head, such as:

    • corporate reports & technical writing;
    • copywriting, copy, & style editing;
    • interviews & desktop research; and
    • supporting auditing, creative conceptualization, & strategic planning.

    – Collaborate with creative, sustainability, and support team members to produce compelling output executions that will communicate sustainability, establish branding, and engage the general audience
    .
    – Knowledge and experience in social media copywriting.
    – Maintain critical thinking, growth mindset, sound judgment, and time management
    .

    Project Manager

    Qualification:

    – Recent graduate with management degree / experience in a communications, non-profit, or corporate environment for consultancy, creative, or development projects
    – Proactive and detail-oriented multitasker
    – Team player who can meet pressing deadlines
    – Has grit, solid organizational skills, and strong oral & written communication skills
    – Background or interest in sustainability, editorial, and design work
    – Results-driven and motivated to learn
    – Proficiency in Google Workspace and/or Microsoft 365 suites

    Responsibities

    – Ensure effective and efficient day-to-day implementation of sustainability and creative communication projects from inception, through execution, completion, monitoring, and evaluation
    – Lead and manage production, sustainability, and support team members to assure quality work and timely submission of deliverables
    – Coordinate and communicate with clients at all stages of the project
    – Identify opportunities for other projects with diverse clients and partners (e.g., corporate, SME, non-profit, and gov’t)
    – Maintain critical thinking, growth mindset, sound judgment and time management