23 firms recognized in ‘Best Company to Work For’ awards

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TWENTY-THREE companies in the Philippines demonstrated high levels of employee engagement and have been named among the best establishments to work by Human resource publication HR Asia.

HR Asia on Friday recognized 23 domestic companies on the Philippine leg of the Best Companies to Work For in Asia.

Editor-in-Chief and Group Publisher of Business Media International, which publishes HR Asia, William Ng, said in an interview with BusinessWorld, “This is the only employee-driven award in the whole country. Over the past three months, we have deployed over 20,000 surveys across the Philippines called the T.E.A.M or the The Engagement Assessment Model, to the companies.”

The survey measures employee engagement based on how well workers respond to company culture and management; interact with fellow employees; and view their personal motivation in working for the company. Participants were full-time employees.

HR Asia’s survey is also used in 10 other markets in Asia — China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Philippine winners for the HR Asia’s Best Companies to Work For In Asia are: Alaska Milk Corp.; C3 Customer Contact Channels; Global Business Power Corp.; Globe Telecom Inc.; H & M Hennes & Mauritz Inc.; Johnson & Johnson Philippines; Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.; Monocrete Construction Philippines Inc. (MCPI); Mundipharma Distribution GmbH (Philippine Branch); Nestle Philippines Inc.; ON Semiconductor Philippines Inc.; Philam Group Finance and Insurance; Puregold Price Club, Inc. Wholesale and Retail; Robert Walters Philippines Recruitment; Shell Companies in the Philippines; SM Prime Holdings Inc.; Tata Consultancy Services Philippines; Teledirect Telecommerce Phils. Inc.; Unilever Philippines; Union Bank of The Philippines; UST Global; Watsons Personal Care Stores (Philippines), Inc.; and White & Case Global Operations Center (Manila) LLP.

“They are at par with some of the best companies across Asia and that is an achievement on its own. It’s a way to motivate them to continue what they do,” Mr. Ng added.

HR Asia also reported that in the survey conducted for the Philippines, 76.4% of respondents said they are motivated in their current jobs. Some 76.8% said that their company’s initiatives played a part in employee engagement, while 81.8% said that teamwork among colleagues has had a positive result.

In terms of what workers think of their workplace, 90% said that they are willing to help colleagues who are in need while 82.2% think their company encourages them to collect more skills and certifications. Some 82% of respondents said their company prioritizes open communication with their employees.

On the other hand, 36% of participants noted their companies do not have an employee activity association that is managed by employers. Only 28% of employees said they are excited to go back to work after a weekend.

Mr. Ng said that employers need to build a conducive workplace for their employees because a sound work environment contributes to better productivity.

“As the Philippines continues to grow and be more closely integrated into the global market, the demand for Philippine talent will grow stronger, not just within the Philippines but also globally. As such, Philippine companies need to be more pro-active in creating a more conducive work environment and stronger employee engagement, to be able to retain their best talent,” he said. — Gillian M. Cortez