HR Asia, Asia’s most authoritative publication for HR professionals hosted a night of reverie for the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2016, has revealed the twenty Singaporean winners of the awards.

Among the winners were Equinix Singapore, Robert Bosch, and TWG Tea Company. CEOs and human resources directors of the winning companies were presented with the Awards trophy by William Ng, group publisher and editor-in-chief of Business Media International. HR Asia is published by Business Media International. Also present at the awards ceremony was Kulshaan Singh, CEO of Mercer Singapore.

The awards are the culmination of six months of on-ground survey, with 5,800 employees from 160 companies across Singapore responding to the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in AsiaTM Survey. Respondents answer questions ranging from how they feel about their workplace and employment to their willingness to recommend their friends to work for their companies. Key sentiment among Singaporean employees is that they are fully aware of what is expected from them at work but is not sufficiently empowered to grow and develop themselves.

Explaining what differentiates winners from others, William Ng said, “Strong companies understand that attracting the right talents is only one half of the equation. Retaining today’s mobile talents require well-planned engagement programmes that keep people productive and happy at work”.
Singapore has dropped five places to 15th in the latest World Talent Ranking produced by the Swiss business school, IMD. It’s place as the only Asian representative among the top 10 of the ranking has been taken over by Hong Kong.

“It is not that Singapore has fallen behind in our capability to build, attract and retain talents, but regional competitors have picked up pace. Competition is no longer confined to products and services, and even innovation, but is now about our ability to provide the talents necessary to power businesses”, says Ng.

Words of Wisdom

Some of the winners for the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia Award offered their quotes on the meaning of their participation and what the award meant to them;

“We are honoured to be recognised as one of HR Asia’s Best Companies to Work for in Asia. Our philosophy of interconnection holds true not only from a business standpoint, but also a HR point of view. We pride ourselves on the strong commitment to building a global talent culture through a relentless focus four key areas – leadership, development, recognition and culture. All these are encompassed within the ‘Magic of Equinix’ which captures the energy and imagination of our people, so it goes without saying that this award belongs to every employee in Equinix. Thank you, team!” says Clement Goh, Managing Director of Equinix South Asia.

“Engaged and healthy teams drive motivation and productivity, so it’s absolutely essential to be purposeful right from the start to create benefits and an environment where Boschlers thrive and perform. We are humbled to be awarded by HR Asia as one of the best companies to work for in Asia. It’s also rewarding to know that our people strategy has made a positive impact to our employees and to the wider success of the organisation,” says Jennifer Ong, Director of Human Resources, ASEAN of Robert Bosch (SEA) Pte Ltd.

“For Sysmex, we hope to continually engage our employees, nurture them and bring out the best in them. We are happy that our continuous efforts to improve our Sysmex Way culture and bringing work-life balance to the employees has been recognized with the award. We will continue to create unique and innovative values, while building trust and confidence with our employees who are our greatest assets!” says Karin Lim, Director of Human Resources of Sysmex Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

“Thanks to the passion and loyalty of our team, TWG Tea has grown from a staff of two into a global brand in just eight short years, now boasting over 3,000 employees around the world. With a specially conceived on-boarding program and an award-winning Tea Institute where employees can grow their talents and gain skills to advance along their career path, TWG Tea employees maintain unprecedented standards of quality, innovation and customer service across all disciplines. We believe that we are only as strong as our team, making our employees truly the greatest asset of the brand,” says Taha Bouqdib, President, CEO & cofounder of TWG Tea Company Pte Ltd.

“Our people are our valuable assets. By investing in our people today we are investing for our future. This award is a reflection of our commitment to inspiring, engaging and developing our staff to unleash their potential,” says Dilip Doshi, Head of Human Resources (Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia) of Western Union Business Solutions (Singapore) Pte Ltd.