Written in 1960, the Medtronic Mission drives everything that is done by the 90,000+ employees in Medtronic. Six powerful words from the Mission drives the company forward – to “alleviate pain, restore health, extend life”. For more than 60 years, this Mission has guided and reminded employees that their efforts, large and small, transform the lives of millions of people each year. Fast forward 60 years, technology has rapidly advanced, and Medtronic has grown from producing pacemakers, to treating more than 70 medical conditions. Yet, the Medtronic Mission remains unchanged and has become even more relevant to all of Medtronic’s employees amidst the fast-evolving environment. Through this immersion, you will be able to learn more about how Medtronic engineers an employee experience that helps employees connect with the company’s purpose. You will hear from Medtronic leaders about the Medtronic Mission and the Medtronic Mindset, and how they shape and impact the business strategy by cultivating a strong workplace culture. You will also experience a tour of Medtronic’s latest innovation – the Medtronic Customer Experience Centre – and see for yourself how Medtronic creates experiences that put people first, to provide realistic training for our customers that can lead to better patient outcomes.
Rodney is a Human Resources strategist and practitioner who partners business leaders to build cohesive leadership teams, and high performing organizations through impactful HR solutions. With close to two decades of multinational experience across diverse industries, Rodney knows the importance of connecting employees’ motivations, skills, and wellbeing with the organization’s Vision and Goals.
Rodney holds a Master of Science in Microbiology, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management specializing in Human Resources and Marketing.
TC Acoustic’s company culture is fueled by their people-first philosophy. When their staff are taken care of and happy, the customers they serve will be taken care of and happy. Behind their 2,600+ five-star Google Reviews are countless happy customers who have been moved by TC’s brand of Serving Happiness. The underlying vision behind every decision is simple – At TC Acoustic, we aim to be Everyone’s Favourite Company. But more importantly, our Team’s Favourite Company. The average age in the company is 27 years old. Their low turnover rate also goes to show that the firm attracts and keeps Gen Zs and Millennials effectively.
Experience first-hand how a small homegrown business makes a big impact against industry giants. During this immersion experience you will:
A former Swiss national Judo champion, Christian joined TC Acoustic in 2010 as its Sales Director and rose to become the CEO in 2013. Before joining TC Acoustic, he founded his own company and was the Singapore distributor of Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT), a brand of footwear from Switzerland. Together with his team, Christian has grown TC Acoustic from a single Singapore showroom to multiple distribution points across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. With his past experience as an entrepreneur, he has infused the team with an enterprising spirit, spearheading strategies that have propelled their brands to bestsellers on Lazada and Shopee marketplaces; becoming a world-class ‘go-to’ partner sought after by retailers. People Above Profits and Relationships Above Revenue are two of his favourite principles that have guided his leadership and management philosophies. Under his leadership during the pandemic, he has also brought the company to achieving more than 2,500 five-star Google Reviews. Today, TC is recognised as an agile and creative lifestyle technology market leader.
Work is no longer where you go, but what you do. While the traditional workplace used to be inside the four walls of the corporate office, it is now an ecosystem of employees working from anywhere. Technology will remain a bridge in this new world. What will be equally important is embedding trust and inclusivity in the company culture and giving employees greater ownership and choice on how they want to work in the physical office, at home and anywhere in between.
A big part of cultivating this environment of trust and inclusivity stems from Cisco’s Conscious Culture, an environment where employees are aware of the environment that they are part of, feel accountable, empowered, and actively contribute to a diverse and inclusive culture, where everyone feels safe and can thrive. We share more about how we bring this to life by using technology as an enabler, cultivating people-centric talent policies and embedding flexibility, listening and trust to enable all employees to stay engaged regardless of where and how they choose to work. During this immersion experience you will:
Anupam Trehan, Vice President, APJC People and Communities
As the Vice President of Cisco’s APJC People and Communities team, Anupam works with business leaders to create and align HR solutions that enable performance and accelerate Cisco’s growth. She is responsible for developing the talent and people’s strategy with a specific focus on ensuring that teams are equipped to build the best talent and workplace culture. Anupam has been a strategic part of Cisco’s operations for over a decade. She has worked in different roles, including Head of People & Communities for Cisco India & SAARC, HR Leader for the Engineering (India), and HR leader, Customer Experience (Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China). She is particularly passionate about developing talent and leadership, transforming organizations to drive productivity and engagement, and promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace. She has been a strong voice in this space and continuously shares her thought leadership in various forums both internal and external to Cisco.
Raymond Janse van Rensburg, Vice President, APJC Systems Engineering
Raymond Janse van Rensburg is the Vice President for Systems Engineering at Cisco for the Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China region. He leads the overall strategic direction and leadership of the Systems Engineering and Architect community, while ensuring this group meets the business needs of Cisco customers and partners. His team of Systems Engineers plays a crucial role in helping customers connect, secure, and automate to accelerate their digital agility in a cloud-first world. Raymond has more than 25 years of experience in the networking and IT industry, including over 20 years at Cisco. Since joining Cisco in 1998 as a Systems Engineer, Raymond has held several sales, engineering and leadership roles spanning Enterprise, Commercial and Public Sector in the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), and Africa. He previously served as the technology lead for Cisco in ANZ. Raymond is a CCIE Emeritus and holds a Honours Degree in Data Communications from the University of the Free State (South Africa).
Michael C. Bush is the CEO of Great Place to Work®, Inc., the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees around the world and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Great Place to Work helps organizations quantify their culture with Emprising®, their SaaS culture management platform. They recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the US and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® and World’s Best Workplaces™ list published annually in Fortune.
Driven by a love of business and an unwavering commitment to fair and equitable treatment, Michael joined Great Place to Work as CEO in 2015, bringing 30 years of experience leading and growing organizations. This includes serving as CEO of Tetra Tech Communications, which he grew from $40 million to $300 million in revenues. Michael is a former member of President Obama’s White House Business Council and a founding board member of the private equity seed-fund, Fund Good Jobs, which invests in small inner-city businesses.
Since 2015, Michael has expanded Great Place to Work’s global mission to build a better world by helping organizations create Great Places to Work not just for some, but For All. Under his leadership, the firm has developed a higher standard of excellence that accounts for fair and equitable treatment of employees across demographic groups, as well as executive leader effectiveness, innovation, and financial sustainability.
Michael has led the firm’s migration to a SaaS-enabled survey platform that offers real-time predictive people analytics. This allows leaders to take immediate, targeted action to improve their leadership and financial performance.
Mr Heng Swee Keat is Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies. He is also Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC.
Mr Heng chairs the tripartite Future Economy Council which oversees the on-going restructuring of our economy, through upgrading the skills of our workers and transformation of industry, to create better career prospects for our people. He leads a team to oversee the design and implementation of national strategies in areas such as skills and capabilities development, innovation and productivity as well as the internationalisation of our companies.
He is also the Chairman of the National Research Foundation, which sets the direction for Singapore’s research, innovation and enterprise (RIE) strategies. Mr Heng is overseeing the closer integration of our RIE and industry transformation efforts.
Mr Heng served as Minister for Education from 2011 to 2015. He also led the year-long Our Singapore Conversation from 2012 that helped to engage more than 47,000 Singaporeans from all walks of life through dialogues.
He also served as Minister for Finance from 2015 to 2021, overseeing ten national Budgets including an unprecedented five Budgets to support Singaporeans and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Before entering politics in May 2011, Mr Heng was the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He also served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, as well as CEO of the then-Trade Development Board. Between 1997 and 2000, he was Principal Private Secretary to then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew. In 2001, Mr Heng was awarded the Gold Medal in Public Administration, and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2010 for his contribution to the public service in Singapore. Mr Heng also received the NTUC Medal of Honour in 2021 for his contribution to the labour movement.
Mr Heng has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University. He also holds a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
ABOUT OUR METHOLOGY
To be eligible for the World’s Best Workplaces list, a company must apply and be named to a minimum of 5 national Best Workplaces lists within our current 58 countries, have 5,000 employees or more worldwide, and at least 40% of the company’s workforce (or 5,000 employees) must be based outside of the home country. Extra points are given based on the number of countries where a company surveys employees with the Great Place to Work Trust Index©, and the percentage of a company’s workforce represented by all Great Place to Work surveys globally. Candidates for the 2017 Worlds Best Workplaces list will have appeared on national workplaces lists published in September 2016 through August 2017.
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The Best Workplaces in Asia List
Great Place to Work® identifies the top organizations that create great workplaces in the Asian and Middle Eastern regions with the publication of the annual Best Workplaces in Asia list. The list recognizes companies in three size categories:
To be considered for inclusion, companies must appear on one or more of our national lists in the region, which includes Greater China (covering China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau), India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and UAE. For the 2021 Asia List, companies ranked on the national list in the Philippines will also be included. Multinational organizations must meet the following requirements:
Multinationals also receive additional credit for their efforts to successfully create an excellent workplace culture in multiple countries in the region. The data used in the calculation of the regional list comes from national lists published in 2019 and early 2020.