Great Place to Work® identifies the Best Workplaces™ in Asia by analyzing companies’ workplace programs and surveying over half a million employees across Asia and the Middle East about the key factors that create great workplaces for all.
To be considered, companies must first be identified as outstanding in their local region by appearing on one or more of our Best Workplaces™ lists in Greater China (including China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan), India, Japan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka or UAE during 2020 or early 2021.
Companies rank in three size categories: Small and Medium (10-499 employees); Large (500+); and Multinational. Multinational organizations are also assessed on their efforts to create great workplaces across multiple countries in the region. They must appear on at least two national lists in Asia and the Middle East and have at least 1,000 employees worldwide with at least 40% (or 5,000) of those employees located outside the headquarters country.
It’s been called to our attention that the Best Workplaces in Asia 2021 list announcement coincides this year with Eid al-Adha. We understand that the timing of the list announcement on July 20th (12 PM SGT) overlaps with this holiday in some countries where companies will be closed and people will be spending time away from the workplace, celebrating with their families for several days.
Last year when we set the publication date, the date for Eid al-Adha had not yet been determined. While Eid al-Adha is always on the same day of the Islamic lunar calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year and by country.
As soon as we were notified of the issue, we worked with leaders in impacted countries to evaluate a change in the list announcement date. Regrettably, with plans in motion across 200 companies in more than a dozen countries and territories, a change with this little notice was likely to cause significant impact and confusion across the region.
As a result, we have decided to proceed with the publication date as set and are working with our leaders across the region to re-examine the timing for the future.
For our friends and colleagues celebrating Eid, we wish you “Eid Mubarak.” We hope many of you are able to enjoy a safe and healthy trip home to be with family as countries re-open. Placement on the Best Workplaces in Asia – like the hard work done by everyone throughout the year to achieve this ranking – is not a one-day only event. We look forward to celebrating the Best Workplaces in Asia rankings with you upon your return to the office.
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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.