- The Straits Times
Cloud computing company Salesforce has once again been named Singapore’s best place to work.
For the third year running, the American company, known for its “Ohana” workplace culture, is at the top spot in the Medium and Large Organisation category of the Singapore Best Workplaces Awards.
Technology company Cisco and independent hotel Royal Plaza on Scotts came in second and third respectively.
Medium and Large Organisation category (companies with at least 100 employees in their local entities)
- Royal Plaza on Scotts
- SAP Asia,
- Autodesk Asia
- DHL Express (Singapore)
- NetApp Singapore
- Furama Hotels Singapore
- Tableau Asia Pacific
In the Small Organisations category for firms with 25 to 99 employees in their local entities, financial software firm Intuit Singapore came out tops, followed by Rohei Corporation and Orbium
The Great Place to Work Institute Singapore, which organises the annual awards, said the winners were selected based on “their exemplary success in building and sustaining high-performance workplace cultures that also inspire”.
The winning 13 organisations stood out from other workplaces “because of their exceptional workplace experiences, as evaluated by employees within their local entities”.
In order to qualify for the list, the workplaces needed to show that their employees trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with.
In Singapore, the Institute found that the best workplaces are 1.5 times more likely to provide a great workplace experience compared to other companies.
- Great Place to Work Institute Singapore
Data collected from employee surveys have shown what separates a “best place to work” for the rest is the ability to provide consistent and positive workplace experiences for all individuals across the workplace.
“Assessing employees’ actual experiences and how consistently an organization creates a high-trust culture is critical to maximizing human potential,” Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work said.
Its research also found that the best workplaces are 1.5 times more likely to provide employees an environment conducive for innovation and out-of-the-box thinking.
Apart from amenities and perks, these companies are perceived as being able to forgive honest mistakes, show appreciation, seek and respond to suggestions, foster cooperation, and include employees in decisions that affect them.
In addition, best workplaces were also found to be 1.3 times more inclusive than other firms.
More than nine in 10 employees who worked in these places felt that they were treated as full members and treated fairly when it came to sexual orientation, gender, race and age.
“Creating a culture that enables your people to excel, innovate and outperform the competition is crucial not only for organisations operating in Singapore today, but even more critical for determining where Singapore will be in 2030 and beyond,” said Great Place to Work Institute Singapore’s managing director Evelyn Kwek.
“Our global and local research suggests that focusing on building positive workplace experiences can help determine if Singapore will evolve into a truly innovative society,” she added.