Software company, Microsoft has been awarded as one of Singapore's best employers in the latest Aon Hewitt Best Employers 2.0 Study - Asia 2013.
Among other best employers awarded in Singapore are American Express International, Inc., Bain & Company SE Asia Inc., Singapore Prison Service, Royal Plaza on Scotts, Hilti Far East Pte Ltd, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, The Ritz-Carlton and Millenia Singapore.
Helene Auriol, managing director of Microsoft Singapore, said this award reaffirms their commitment for long-term development in employees and is a "testament to the high quality of talent management initiatives and empowerment of employees in enabling them to realise their full potential."
The ranking is based on an overarching theme of engaged employees; compelling employer brand; effective leadership and a high performance culture.
Kulshaan Singh, managing director of Aon Hewitt Consulting Southeast Asia, said the differentiating factor of Microsoft is their ability to design programmes that develop managerial capability and foster engagement among teams.
"Managers set clear expectations, which include stretch goals and how they relate to the overall company's business strategy. The approach is result-oriented and the whole system is designed to promote engagement and achieve the desired results," he said.
One of the highly regarded initiatives, "New World of Work," saw the migration of Microsoft office in Singapore from a conventional cubicle-bound setting to an open space where formal work stations are interspersed among meeting areas.
According to a survey taken shortly after the move, 54 percent of employees saw an increase in productivity; 44 percent collaborate with colleagues more now than before; 82 percent agree that the new environment is more positive and 85 percent felt that the new office showcases Microsoft as an Employer of Choice.
With 40 percent of vacancies in Microsoft filled internally through "Career Day", the high fraction of placements proves to be another laudable initiative that exposes employees to various career opportunities within the company.
The study surveyed enterprises with at least two years in business and a minimum workforce of 50 full-time employees in nine countries across Asia - China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
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