Grey Group Singapore wins at the HR Asia Awards 2017
Twenty-one Singaporean companies have been named the Best Companies to Work for in Asia by human-resource publication, HR Asia.
December 16, 2017
This year, 6,680 employees from a total of 188 companies across Singapore responded to the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia Survey. The survey also covers seven other markets across Asia, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand.
Survey participants were asked affirmative statements about their employers, and either agree or disagree with each of the statements. Based on these answers across the survey, the top 3 areas that employees in Singapore agree about their jobs are:
- Meeting or exceeding customer expectation (Average score of 4.27/5)
- Being effective at work (Average score of 4.21/5)
- Employees know clearly what is expected from them at work (Average score of 4.13/5)
On the other hand, the 3 areas that score the lowest in the survey (i.e. the ones which the employees feel their companies can improve on) are:
- Employees feel that they do not really know what is going on in the organisation (Average score of 3.33/5)
- Employees feel that they do not get supported by the companies in pursuing their own professional development (Average score of 3.49/5)
- Employees doubt that if they will be rewarded for their good performance (Average score of 3.56/5)
What Employers Think
90% of the participating companies felt that safety was top priority in their respective companies. It is essential for employees to have a safe environment in which they will be comfortable to work in. For employers, they are required to provide safety necessity with regards to operations, procedures and policies. A safe workplace is conducive in creating positive productivity where employees not only perform better but also feel they matter to their organisation. 89.2% of the companies feel that theft is not a regular occurrence in their workplaces.
87.6% of the companies surveyed felt that getting a referral is a cheaper and faster way to hire, which generally recommends better candidates and lowers the turnover rate at a company.
Evolving Face of Talents and Employment in Singapore
Dato' William Ng, group publisher and editor-in-chief for the HR Asia, says "disruptive innovation is not only changing markets and industries, it is redefining the workplace. The skillsets required are rapidly changing, while workplaces are being transformed to accommodate telecommunicating and flexi-working, among others. Companies need to adapt and do so quickly in view of these changes brought about by technology and global inter-connectivity."
Words of Wisdom
Echoing words of the triumphant winners of the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia Awards 2017, we cite few of the more inspiring pieces:
"Equinix is the leading global interconnection and data center company, and we have always been focused on growing together with our teams. This HR award recognizes our dedicated efforts and belief around the development of our culture -- 'The Magic of Equinix', which captures the imagination and energy of our people, and makes us more collaborative, creative and open-minded," says Hester Shum, Vice President, Human Resources of Equinix APAC.
Sysmex Asia Pacific Pte Ltd shares that: "As one of the leading healthcare companies, Sysmex will continue to provide a great workplace to work where it is built through the day-to-day relationships where employees enjoy exchange and collaboration. We are so proud to be recognized with the HR Asia Best Companies to Work For Award in Asia for the 3rd consecutive year. This is a great achievement that encourages our continued efforts in employee engagement in the years to come."
"In just nine years, TWG Tea has become a global luxury brand with over 3,000 employees in 18 countries. We believe that we are only as strong as our team, and winning the HR Asia Award for the 2nd consecutive year is proof that our employees love their jobs and can develop their career while maintaining TWG Tea standards of excellence, innovation and customer service," says Maranda Barnes, Director of Business Development, Corporate Communications & co-founder of TWG Tea Company Pte Ltd.
"Zuellig Pharma is going through an exciting phase of transformation. This award shows that although we are diverse in many ways, contributing different skills, we are on the right path to building a big and rewarding future together. Our HR and leadership teams have been central to driving this transformation by improving our capabilities and diversity. We are building a great place to work so we can continue to find different ways to make healthcare more accessible," says Mohd Fauzi bin Wahab, VP HR of Zuellig Pharma.