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PR Newswire ReleaseWatch Report - Forty-five Companies Named as HR Asia's Best Companies to Work For

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- HR Asia, Asia's most authoritative publications for HR professionals, has announced 45 companies in Malaysia as the best companies to work for, as ranked by employees across the country.

In its fourth year running, winners of the award are selected from 280 shortlisted companies, based on a proprietary survey that assesses the company's working environment, HR practices, employee engagement and the resulting job satisfaction. In total, 8960 employees took part in this year's HR Asia Employee Input Survey (EIS). The award covers 12 markets across Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Malaysian companies named as the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia include Bank Rakyat, Employees Provident Fund, Great Eastern Life Assurance, RHB Banking Group and Top Glove Corporation Berhad.

"This is one of the most structured and extensive survey on employee engagement and workplace practices in this region. Through this survey, HR Asia has discovered that many of these companies -- both local and international -- have workplace practices that are on par with the best in the world," said Dato' William Ng, group publisher and editor-in-chief of Business Media International, the publishers of HR Asia.

The EIS has discovered that among employees of the Best Companies to Work For:

  • 1. 89% are happy to be at their company
  • 2. 87.5% feel motivated in their work roles
  • 3. 81.7% have a strong sense of ownership of their jobs

The survey has also discovered that:

  • 1. Employees know clearly what is expected from them at work (average score of 3.99 of 4.00)
  • 2. Employees agree that having good friends at work are important (3.89)
  • 3. Employees are willing to go the extra mile if they can contribute to the success of the organisation (3.88)

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. According to one of the winners, HK Koay, President of AUO SunPower, human resources has played a pivotal role in inspiring both the workforce and company direction. The growth of any company revolves closely around the capacity of their human resources. He cited, "What makes a great workplace is the people and their bond. I am grateful to have a close knitted team that not only achieved the Best Place to Work in Asia, but also created a family here. We would like to thank HR Asia for giving us this recognition. The award has bolstered all our internal efforts in making our workplace happy and safe for all our employees."

Other winners are quoted on their opinion of the role played by human resources in their respective company.

"To be accorded this honour reaffirms our belief in taking care of our employees first, so they can take care of the business as customers will never love our bank until our employees love it first," says Farid Basir, Chief Human Capital Officer of Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad.

"I am very proud that Experian Malaysia has been presented with this award, which recognises the hard work and consistent effort of our team and reflects the best of their combined skills and capabilities," says Lysette Randall, Human Resources Director for Asia Pacific of Experian (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

"For 50 years, we've been nurturing Malaysian talent in Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Healthcare, Manufacturing and Business Services. We want our career development and employee care to be the best in Malaysia, so that our people can work every day to build healthy communities through helping people do more, feel better and live longer," says Stacy Wallace, General Manager of Glaxosmithkline Malaysia.

"Life as you know with a LIFE Company, is precious. Therefore engaging with and nurturing the growth potential of its staff remains central to Great Eastern Life's talent agenda. We are delighted that our efforts in providing a conducive work climate for our employees have been recognised with this award. We will continue to champion Making Life Great (MLG) initiatives that promote meaningful relationships and work-life balance to enhance the lives of the Company's greatest assets -- its people," says Dennis Tan, Senior Vice President and Head of Human Capital of Great Eastern Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad.

"At Habib, our loyal employees are our greatest asset. We are true to our core values in encouraging personal development and giving our employees the experience that Habib offers which is strongly guided by our Brand Promise: Investing in Happiness," says Dato' Sri Meer Habib, Group Managing Director of Habib Jewels Sdn Bhd.

"Hatten Group's success story is as great as the people who work with us and strongly believe in what the company's vision, mission and values stand for. The hearts of all our employees beat as one in togetherness to propel the company forward," says Dato' Colin Tan June Teng, Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director of Hatten Group Sdn Bhd.

"We are honoured to receive the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2016 Awards and we are elated and grateful for being acknowledged for the second time. This award is dedicated to our people who have given their full commitment and devotion in driving the Company to where it is today. With this recognition, we will continuously strive to create an organization with an enviable working culture and one that assures career as well as personal development growth for our people," says Dato' Ahmad Zaini Othman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Building Society Berhad.

"HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia - 2016 award for Sysmex Malaysia will certainly complement the recent announcement from Forbes magazine ranking Sysmex Corporation as # 28 on the 2016 List of Most Innovative Companies in the world," says Albert Tan, Managing Director of Sysmex (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

"This award has given us a yardstick to measure our achievement, not in sales performance, but in the way we make our employees feel towards their work, our relationships and the connections we have with each other. Looking forward, there are so many things we could do to improve work-life balance. Thanks for this Best Employer Award," says Leon Chuah, Managing Director of Thai Odyssey Sdn Bhd.

Full List of Malaysian Recipients of the HR Asia Best Companies To Work For In Asia 2016

NoCompany NameIndustry
1AbbVie Sdn BhdPharmaceutical
2Ambank GroupFinancial Services
3APM Automotive Holdings BerhadManufacturing / Automotive
4Arvato Systems Malaysia Sdn BhdIT
5AUO Sunpower Sdn BhdManufacturing / Energy
6Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia BerhadFinancial Services
7Basf (Malaysia) Sdn BhdChemical
8Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company Sdn BhdFood & Beverage
9CCM Duopharma Biotech BerhadPharmaceutical / Manufacturing
10Chemopharm Sdn BhdHealthcare Equipment / Healthcare Services / Manufacturing
11Coca-Cola Bottlers (Malaysia) Sdn BhdFood and Beverage
12Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia BerhadFinancial Services
13Elken Sdn BhdMulti-Level Marketing
14Employees Provident FundSocial Security
15Experian (Malaysia) Sdn BhdInformation Services
16Glaxosmithkline MalaysiaHealthcare / Pharmaceutical
17Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) BerhadFinancial Services / Insurance
18Habib Jewels Sdn BhdJewellery Retailing
19Hatten Group Sdn BhdDeveloper
20Imperial Garments Sdn BhdManufacturing
21Jakel Trading Sdn BhdTextiles
22Kimberly-Clark MalaysiaFast Moving Consumer Goods and Regional Finance, Procurement and IT Shared Services
23Lendlease Projects (M) Sdn BhdProperty & Infrastructure
24Les' Copaque Production Sdn Bhd3D Animated & Film
25Malaysia Building Society BerhadFinancial Services
26Manulife Insurance BerhadFinancial Services / Insurance
27Matrix Global SchoolsEducation
28Measat Satellite Systems Sdn BhdIT / Communications
29Pharmaniaga BerhadPharmaceutical / Healthcare Services
30Puma Sports Goods Sdn BhdWholesale and Retail
31Qi Group MalaysiaMultinational Conglomerate
32RHB Banking GroupFinancial Services
33Sama-Sama Hotel Kl International AirportHospitality
34SAS Institute Sdn BhdIT
35Sunway Lagoon Sdn BhdHospitality / Entertainment
36Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad (Samb)Utilities
37Sysmex (Malaysia) Sdn BhdHealthcare Equipment
38Texas Instruments Electronics Malaysia Sdn BhdManufacturing
39TGV Cinemas Sdn BhdEntertainment
40Thai Odyssey Sdn BhdHealthcare Services
41Top Glove Sdn BhdChemical
42UHY Advisory (Kl) Sdn BhdConsultancy
43UMW Corporation Sdn BhdAutomotive / Manufacturing / Oil & Gas / Engineering
44Unilever MalaysiaFMCG
45Wipro Unza (Malaysia) Sdn BhdManufacturing & Commercial

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