Microsoft, SAS PH are best companies to work for in Asia


    Microsoft PH and SAS PH win important awards in HR Asia’s “Best Companies To Work For in Asia 2020” Awards. HR Asia is one of the most recognizable and authoritative HR publications in the world. Their ‘Best Companies to Work for in Asia’ awards is the largest program of its kind in Asia and is held annually across 11 markets throughout the region, including Cambodia, China, Hong-Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    The awards were judged by the affirmative answers of employees based on HR Asia’s proprietary Total Engagement Assessment Model (TEAM), which surveys 1.5 million employees across Asia. TEAM uses a 5-point scoring scale from employee feedback based on the three areas of employee engagement:

    1. Collective Organization for Real Engagement (CORE) – culture and ethics, leadership and organization, and active initiative
    2. Self: Heart, Mind and Soul – emotional engagement (heart), intention & motivation (mind), and behavior & advocacy (soul)
    3. Group: Think, Feel and Do – collective consciousness (think), workplace sentiment (mind), and team dynamics (do)

    SAS wins this prestigious award for third consecutive year 

    SAS in Singapore has won HR Asia’s Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2020 (Singapore Edition) Award.

    This is the third consecutive year that SAS has won this prestigious award; the company has also received HR Asia’s Most Caring Companies Award for 2020. SAS in Singapore and Philippines has also been certified by Great Place to Work as a great workplace for 2020.

    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 awards is Asia’s largest, covering over 300,000 employees across 11 markets. Employees rate their employers using the proprietary Total Engagement Assessment Model (TEAM) survey, which covers collective consciousness, workplace sentiment, and team dynamics.

    In its recognition by Great Place to Work, SAS in Singapore and Philippines has been certified as a great workplace for 2020, with respectively 79% and 76% of employees rating it as a great place to work. Great Place to Work results are based on their rigorous Trust Index Survey and Culture Management platform.

    Remco den Heijer, Vice President for ASEAN at SAS said: “Winning both the awards and certifications are a testament to our efforts at SAS to create a culture of innovation, creativity, and inclusivity. Our holistic approach towards employees is supported by our comprehensive talent management strategy and our Total Rewards program that aims to create a work environment that inspires and energizes our employees.

    “We believe that a positive work environment driven by supportive leadership is key to motivating our employees. Through encouraging teamwork and innovation, empowering our employees as well as recognizing and rewarding performance, we strive to create an environment and culture that inspires and engages our people.

    “While we have shifted to a Work-from-Home mode during the pandemic, we continue to support our employees with the same standard of excellence such as providing virtual well-being resources ranging from work-life tips to social channels for bonding. And throughout this period, we continued to ensure our employees’ mental and physical health through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). We are committed to foster a family-friendly and creative environment where employees are encouraged to reinvent with new ideas and be innovative,” he added.

    Microsoft PH recognized excellence, employee engagement

    Microsoft Philippines was recently named one of the ‘Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2020’ by HR Asia. The organization was recognized for its performance in workplace excellence, human capital development, and outstanding employee engagement.

    “This award means everything to us as an organization both globally, and here in the Philippines. We exist to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more—a mission that only comes to life through our people,” said Jan Philippe Tanchi, Human Resources Director of Microsoft Philippines. “We’re proud to receive this great distinction and are committed to continue providing our people with an inclusive workplace and community that lives up to our values, and empowers them to be their best, most authentic selves every day.”

    This year, the awarding ceremonies were conducted virtually for the first time on December 31, 2020 due to the pandemic. The event highlighted the extraordinary efforts of organizations that exemplified dedication to their employees, especially in what has been a year of uncertainty and unprecedented challenges.

    “We must never forget the sacrifices by our own employees to keep the economy going. Since 2013 we have recognized companies that placed their employees front and center in everything they do. This year is no different. The recipients of this year’s awards have shown not only are you the best companies to work for in Asia but more importantly, you are able to show empathy and care for your employees during the darkest moments of fear and uncertainty,” said Datuk William Ng, Group Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Business Media International, the publisher of HR Asia.

    Microsoft Philippines quickly shifted to a remote workforce in light of COVID-19, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its employees early on. Throughout the pandemic, employees and their families were given free access to health & wellness resources to care for their mental well-being. In addition, they’ve continuously introduced engagement and enrichment programs and initiatives to maintain employee morale.

    Microsoft was recognized alongside 20 other companies in the Philippines. See full list of winners here.