Fifty-two Thai companies has proven that great employee engagement can propel a company forward even during the pandemic. This year, 18,748 employees from 269 Thai companies have responded to the HR Asia employee engagement survey.

From the survey, it is evident that the Thai employees continue to demonstrate a strong collective spirit despite the pandemic. They are willing to help one another and being able to use their expertise to help achieve the organization’s goal.

84% of the 18,748 employees who participated in the survey indicated that they are willing to assist colleagues who require assistance; while 83% respects the expertise of other employees in the organization. This synergizes the organization very well has having a diverse set of knowledge and skills boosts performance and problems are solved easily. 82% of the participants also believes that their job is what moves the organization closer to the goals and objectives.

As the Thai economy moves into post-pandemic recovery, there are several concerns that the employees wish that their employers can address. 69% of the survey participants are only excited to return to work after weekend, citing safety and wellbeing as the main concerns.

“The pandemic has placed extraordinary demands on business leaders and beyond. For some companies, a near term survival plan may seem to be on the only agenda for recovery but by investing in employee engagement. It can have a positive impact in work productivity as they feel supported in their jobs which will in return contributes to the overall business operations and post recovery survival,” said William Ng, group publisher and editor-in-chief of Business Media International, the publisher of HR Asia.

The HR Asia’s Best Companies to Work for in Asia Awards recognises companies that have shown world-class employee engagement and workplace excellence, while displaying demonstrable empathy and care for their employees.

The award covers twelve markets across the region including mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam making this the largest survey in the region for employee engagement.

WORD OF WISDOM FROM WINNERS

“We are truly honored to be recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Asia and the WeCare Most Caring Companies by HR Asia for the second consecutive year. Our Purpose “Act for human progress by protecting what matters” strongly inspires employee experience and solutions. Progress is about giving customers and communities the confidence to thrive. And this is about how we, as an employer, can be there for our employees. These awards have added on our profile with pride in the way that we transform our employee journey to make AXA a meaningful workplace. We are committed to continue to raise the bar in the way we care for employees.”
— Chailai Hongladaromp, Chief People Officer of AXA General Insurance Thailand

“It is an honor for B. Braun Thailand to be recognized as among the “Best Companies to Work for in Asia” again. This award is an affirmation that we are sustaining our good HR practices and achieve our vision: to protect and improve the health of people around the world. At B. Braun, we strongly believe in our employees’ capabilities, and we will ensure the continuous development of a competent, diverse and inclusive workforce and this award will encourage our leadership team to continue our commitment for developing and supporting our employees to have a fulfilling employee experience. A special thanks to all our employees as we are humbled by their faith in the organization.”
— Sayan Roy, Managing Director of B. Braun (Thailand) Ltd.

“I feel honoured to be receiving this award for the second consecutive year on behalf of our team that contribute to our mission of saving and sustaining lives, and to be amidst other award recipients from leading corporations.”
— Dr. Nara Decharin, General Manager of Baxter Healthcare (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

“Bringing Joy to Life is our vision, aiming to create a comfortable working environment for our people to grow and achieve their dreams under the Learning Organization platform. We believe if they are happy, they will pass along that happiness to the customers and society as well.”
— Sunit Scott, Head of Organization Capability of Boonrawd Group

“With a mission to transform lives and improve the health of patients around the world, we cannot help but be proud of Boston Scientific and the unique culture we have created in Thailand. To have this recognized by HR Asia Magazine is hugely motivating and testament to the efforts of our team who live the company values and serve our physician customers every day.”
— Charn Hong Boey, Country Director, Malaysia & Thailand of Boston Scientific (Thailand) Ltd.

“We are very honoured and take pride to receive this award. This honour reflects our passion and the hard work we put in to create an enjoyable working atmosphere while also focusing on developing our employees to reach their full potential. At Brand’s Suntory, we are committed to continuously strive and create a strong organizational culture where employees love to work and grow. This is a great encouragement and motivation to our team!”
— Natthanicha Worawannaseth, Senior Vice President Corporate Function of Brand’s Suntory International Co., Ltd.

“Thank you HR Asia for honoring us with this prestigious award for the second time. We are truly proud of this recognition as it is a concrete affirmation of our strong commitment to people well-being strategy and practices. This award would not be possible without our team CIMBT to whom I would like to dedicate this award with my deep appreciation. Thanks to their untiring efforts, they have provided great customer experiences and created a work environment conducive to our smooth business advancement and growth. We will continue improving to be a greater workplace and employer of choice for our people. Thank you.”
— Paul Wong Chee Kin, President and CEO of CIMB Thai Public Company Limited

“We are honored to receive the 2021 HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia and Most Caring Companies awards. Citi Thailand is a successful franchise because of our human talent. We make every effort to hire the best people, but we also put a lot of resources and energy into training and development. That ensures our people remain our strongest asset. In addition, we foster a diverse and inclusive culture because we believe it is critical to enabling innovation, building team spirit, and fostering strong engagement. Thank you for the recognition and I humbly accept these prestigious awards on behalf of Citi Thailand and its employees.”
— Tibor Pandi, Managing Director, Citi Country Officer of Citibank, N.A. Thailand

“Our business has been on a roller coaster since the beginning of the pandemic, and we are now emerging even stronger together. This Best Companies to Work for in Asia award reminds us of the contributions that each one of us brings to Diageo Moët Hennessy (Thailand) during the difficult times and it is a success worth celebrating for. The company will continue to create the environment where everyone at Diageo Moët Hennessy (Thailand) can bring their best self to work, to fulfil their purposes, and to celebrate life every day, everywhere.”
— Rungkarn Ratanaporn, HR Director of Diageo Moët Hennessy Thailand Ltd.

“We feel grateful and honored to earn this award. This prestigious award helps reinforce our commitment and continued focus on providing good working environment, supporting growth for our talents, and creating prides to our team. I am so fortunate to have an opportunity to work with our talented team who have dedicated their hearts and souls to create A Great Place to Work and to continue to drive our commitment to Power Life with Premier Energy Experiences.”
— Dr. Adisak Jangkamolkulchai, Chairman and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Limited

“This second-time reward reminds us that we are in the right direction to taking care of our employees. And we will improve it with all activities by emphasizing and design to match their needs in an ever-changing world. To make them be happy and grow together with the company. Because without the best employees, we probably would not be the best company to work for in Asia. This reward has belonged to all of us.”
— Chataya Supanpong (Pae), Chief Engagement Officer of Food Passion Company Limited

“On behalf of the entire Griffith Foods Southeast Asia team, we are very happy to receive this award. We have known for a very long time that the Griffith Foods’ work environment across the globe are exciting and fun. This award is another validation. We blend care and creativity to nourish the world. Our employees will continue to care for each other. Congratulations to all our teammates, all our colleagues and thank you to HR Asia for recognizing us.”
— Tatchakorn Suwannasopon, HR Director S.E. Asia of Griffith Foods Limited.

“Winning this award in a challenging time like the one we are in, re-endorses Kerry’s resolve around our employees, and communities. This sets the bar higher for driving an organization which is engaging for people. Making an organization where people and business is driven with a purpose and high degree of engagement, leads to much higher success for its people, communities, and performance for business. This award makes us to step closer in realizing this win-win for all.”
— Ketan Trivedi, General Manager of Kerry Ingredients (Thailand) Limited

“We are genuinely delighted to receive this prestigious award. The award is testament to Krungthai-AXA Life Insurance’s commitment and investment in our staff’s happiness. We believe in our employees’ capabilities and will ensure the continuous development of a competent, engaged, diverse and inclusive workforce so we can continue progressing and achieve our common purpose.”
— Sally O’Hara, CEO of Krungthai-AXA Life Insurance PCL.

“Caring has always been at the heart of who we are. This award is a true reflection of the time and effort we put into ensuring our employees’ well-being and assisting our professionals in achieving their full potential. Our employees’ efforts and resilience, and Mazars DNA, have laid the foundation for this achievement. We will continue to support our teams by recruiting, nurturing, and retaining talented professionals, as well as improving their engagement with the business in light of the transformations affecting all areas of business.”
— Robertus Hurenkamp, Managing Partner of Mazars (Thailand) Ltd.

“It is a great honor for our company to receive this award. I believe that it is because we focused on keeping our staff mentally and physically healthy, we were able to stay on track with our vision. Employees play a critical role in driving   organizational   growth.   Since working at Mercedes-Benz truly means “The best or nothing”, we will continue to invest in creating a motivating and high performing culture and passion. Thank you to the HR Asia team for seeing our potential.”
— Roland S. Folger, President & CEO Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) Ltd.

“Neo is honored to receive the award for two years. This award shows how we succeed in making Neo a second home for our employees and the strength of our corporate’s culture. It also serves as a prove of our teams’ unity especially during the challenging time of Covid-19 pandemic. We want Neo to become a place where everyone can learn from and gain unique experience – to let Neo become a part of their and the society’s growth.”
— Suthidej Thakolsri, CEO of Neo Corporate Co., Ltd.

“It is our great honor to be recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work For in two consecutive years. At Novartis, we value our people as our greatest asset. That’s why we create an environment that encourages INSPIRED, CURIOUS & UNBOSSED culture to empower them to achieve their personal and professional goals. This award is a testament that we are on the right path and a strong motivation to achieve our purpose of reimagining medicine for Thai patients.”
— Sumalee Kristarnin, Country President of Novartis (Thailand) Limited

“At Phyathai and Paolo Hospital Group, year 2020 hitherto has been the most challenging, As Covid-19 surge escalate; compassion and empathy dominate us as front liners this undoubtedly risking out well-being to provide excellent medical care for those in need. Our 11 hospitals have envisioned commitment and positive mindset. Through strong leading support of HR team and HR system, these became achievable. I’m so proud of our team. Out heartfelt appreciation for the HR Asia – Best Companies to Work for In Asia 2021, it is a remarkable recognition for being enthusiastically committed leading towards betterment of our employees and patients.”
— Att Thongtang, CEO of Phyathai-Paolo Hospital Group

“We are honored and proud for being selected as the one of Best Companies to Work for in Asia Award 2021. This award not only fills us with pride but also emphasizes the land of opportunities and possibilities for our employees to show their talents and development. It contributes to improving the quality of life for people and communities as we continue to run our business.”
— Vanlapha Santithammarak, Ph.D., Chief Transformation Officer of PTG Energy Public Company Limited

“Marked two years milestone, we are overwhelmed with gratitude to be awarded as Best Companies to Work for in Thailand. We are so honored to have our endeavor and effort in fueling innovation, fostering equality and inclusion, and spreading opportunity and collaboration recognized by HR Asia. SAP shall continue our commitment to help our partner and customer run better, provide a safe place for our people. Together. Life at SAP is balanced and fair – especially in challenging time.”
— Atul Tuli, Managing Director of SAP system, Applications and Products in Data Processing (Thailand) Ltd.

“It is our deepest honor to receive and being recognized on the second consecutive year with this prestigious award. This award is testimony to the passion and commitment that each and every one at Takeda Thailand brings to life and the HR team who always goes above and beyond. We continue to foster the inclusive environment and enhance employee experience which are the essential ingredients to support our employees to thrive and grow at their full potentials. This year’s accomplishment is to reinforce our commitment to “people” who are the cornerstone of our success and the ones who work relentlessly to provide Better Health for people, and a Brighter Future for the world.”
— Peter Streibl, General Manager of Takeda (Thailand), Ltd.

“We are honored to be recognized among HR Asia Best Companies to Work For again for three consecutive years. We are especially proud to receive WeCare Award as a most caring company for the second year, which reflects our dedication to well-being of staff and their families throughout the pandemic. It is our mission in creating and sharing the value of growth with our people. We are committed to offer Limitless Opportunities in our journey as the stable and sustainable ASEAN leader in beverage and food business.”
– Dr. Agapol Na Songkhla, Chief People Officer of Thai Beverage Public Company Limited

LIST OF WINNERS OF HR ASIA BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN ASIA 2021 (THAILAND EDITION)

Company Industry
Advanced Info Services PCL Telecommunication
AIA Company Ltd. Insurance
Allianz Ayudhya Insurance
Avery Dennison (Thailand) Ltd. Manufacturing
AXA Insurance Public Company Ltd. Insurance
B. Braun (Thailand) Ltd. Medical Devices
Baxter Healthcare (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Healthcare
Benchachinda Group Telecommunication
Boonrawd Group Food and Beverage
Boots Retail (Thailand) Ltd. Retail
Boston Scientific (Thailand) Ltd. Medical Devices
Brand’s Suntory International Co., Ltd. FMCG
Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL Agro-Industrial and Food Conglomerate
Chubb Samaggi Insurance PCL Insurance
Cigna Insurance Public Co., Ltd. Insurance
CIMB Thai Public Co., Ltd. Banking
Citibank, N.A. Thailand Banking
Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL IT
Diageo Moët Hennessy Thailand Ltd. Food and beverage
DXC Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. IT
ExxonMobil Ltd. Oil & Gas
FedEx Express Thailand Logistics
Food Passion Co., Ltd. Food and beverage
GlaxoSmithKline (Thailand) Ltd. Pharmaceutical
Griffith Foods Ltd. Food and beverage
Kasikorn Business Technology Group (KBTG) Technology
Kerry Ingredients (Thailand) Ltd. Food and beverage
Krungthai-AXA Life Insurance PCL Insurance
L’Oreal (Thailand) Ltd. Cosmetics
Lotus’s Retail
Mazars (Thailand) Ltd. Professional services
Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) Ltd. Automotive
Metro Systems Corporation PCL IT
Microsoft (Thailand) Ltd. IT
Neo Corporate Co., Ltd. FMCG
Novartis Thailand Pharmaceutical
Osotspa Public Co., Ltd. FMCG
Philip Morris Trading (Thailand) Co., Ltd. FMCG
Phyathai & Paolo Hospital Group Healthcare
Pomelo Fashion Co., Ltd. Retail
PTG Energy PCL Oil & Gas
SAP Systems, Applications and Products In Data Processing (Thailand) Ltd. IT
SAS Software (Thailand) Co., Ltd. IT
Siam Makro PCL Wholesale
Takeda (Thailand), Ltd. Pharmaceutical
TDCX Thailand BPO
Thai Beverage PCL Food & Beverage
ThoughtWorks Thailand IT
True Corporation PCL Telecommunication
Unilever Thai Trading Ltd. FMCG
United Overseas Bank (Thai) PCL Banking
Zuellig Pharma Ltd. Pharmaceutical

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