At the 2023 Best Workplaces in Asia, Employees Receive a Higher Standard of Care 

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Employees are more likely to report fair promotions, special and unique benefits, and a caring environment that supports their health and well-being. 

Asia has struggled to recover from the COVID pandemic, a fact underscored by China — largest economy in the region — having lower than expected growth and record high youth unemployment.  

The numbers paint a clear picture of the challenges faced by business leaders throughout Asia. Every company must look to maximize the potential of their employees, increasing efficiency and productivity. 

The 2023 Best Workplaces in Asia™ List offers a guide for how to accomplish this goal. At companies who made this year’s list, 90% of employees say people give extra effort at their company. 

What inspires these employees to work harder and sacrifice more to help their employer succeed? At the Best Workplaces™, employees consistently report a higher level of care from management and from their co-workers. 

“When you show employees how much you care, they will reward you with hard work, higher innovation rates, and higher productivity,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place To Work®.   

“The Best Workplaces in Asia demonstrate the value of investing in your employees and creating an equitable environment where everyone can succeed.” 

90% of their people are willing to give extra and stay at the company. Companies will see a return on their investment when they genuinely care for their people and build a culture where employees can thrive in the workplace,” said Evelyn Kwek, Managing Director, Great Place To Work ASEAN and ANZ. 

This year’s list includes 200 companies from Asia and the Middle East, with winners being selected for one of three size categories: small and medium (10–499 employees), large (500+ employees), and multinational companies (more than 1,000 employees, among other criteria). 

Extraordinary care

In many ways, the actions that set apart the Best Workplaces in Asia from a typical workplace are those that demonstrate an higher standard of care for employees. 

In a global benchmark study, only 57% of global employees said their co-workers cared for each other and only 65% said they could be themselves at work. Only 55% of employees at a typical company say their workplace is psychologically and emotionally healthy. 

The Best Workplaces in Asia show these numbers can be dramatically improved. 

For winning companies, 88% of employees report a psychologically and emotionally healthy workplace. Even better, 90% of employees say they can be themselves and 91% say their co-workers care for one another.  

Workato, No. 7 in the small and medium category, implemented a company-wide day known as the ‘Global Day Off’ where employees get a day off every month till November, and one week between Christmas and New Year. This was to recognize that as a global office, employees were not able to fully unplug from work during local public holidays. 

AmCham Singapore, No. 69 in the small and medium category supports employee development by presenting opportunities for team members to embark on talent development training, including the leadership team with coaching sessions, partially sponsoring employees to complete their tertiary education. This initiative supports employees looking to upgrade their qualifications by providing flexi-work arrangements for them to balance work and study, in addition to financial support.  

At the Best Workplaces in Asia, 88% of employees say that management delivers on its promises — 11 percentage points higher than the benchmark for other workplaces surveyed. Such a high approval rating is achieved because when leaders say they care for their employees, they also take action to show just how much they care. 

Offering flexibility

Flexible work options are another way that companies are showing care for their workers. Many companies on the Best Workplaces list cited flexible work as one of their tools for promoting employee well-being and tailoring work benefits to meet the individual needs of workers. 

Salesforce, No. 20 in the multinational category supports its employees through a “Return+Remote” guidance which means that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to modern work. Teams are empowered to determine how and where they work – and leverage their offices for deeper collaboration, continuous coaching, peer mentoring, and employee enablement 

At Netvirta, No. 99 in the small and medium category, it continues to adopt a hybrid work arrangement. There is flexibility for teams to decide which days of the week to work from home or the office, allowing employees to strike a balance between productivity and engagement. Beyond the flexible work options, the company also implemented flexible benefits for employees. A yearly allocated amount can be used across a variety of categories such as electronics, mental health support and family support, whichever suits their needs most. 

At the Best Workplaces in Asia, 84% of employees report having special and unique benefits — an impressive 14 percentage points higher than the mark set by other workplaces that participated in the survey. 

Fair promotions and training opportunities

Training and development programs are another way that companies in Asia demonstrate care for their employees, investing in their careers and professional goals. 

At the Best Workplaces in Asia, 84% of employees report that managers at their company avoid favoritism and promote fairness — 12 percentage points higher than the benchmark for other participating workplaces.  

That can only happen when companies increase opportunities for development and training, and create a clear path for advancement into leadership roles. 

At DHL Express, No. 1 in the multinational category, a program called Shift Up a Gear helps more women reach leadership positions in the organization. The company also offers leadership training to all employees through its Certified International Specialist program, where employees undergo specific training to learn about DHL’s unique culture and operations.     

Deloitte, No. 6 in the multinational category, has invested in Deloitte University, where it builds state-of-the-art facilities and curricula to develop future leaders for the organization. Facilities are present in every region where Deloitte operates, with a new facility being built in China. 
In Singapore, TC Acoustic, No. 14 in the small and medium category, has a workforce with an average age of 27 years old. The company is staffed mostly by Millennials and Gen Zs. Interns who work at the company are actively involved with the staff to share ideas, change processes and highlight issues or problems that they see.  

The Best Workplaces are also focused on bringing new voices into the leadership of their organization, with many companies in the region focused on helping women grow their careers. 

At these companies, 84% of employees report that promotions are fair at their company, 11 percentage points higher than the average for other workplaces surveyed.  

Improving fairness

Medtronic, No. 7 in the multinational category, has a Women Leadership Accelerator program that equips and prepares women to grow into leadership roles at the company. The program has four main goals: 

  • Create a community of support through networking 
  • Train and educate participants on the executive operations at Medtronic 
  • Pair individuals with dedicated mentors, coaches, and sponsors 
  • Offer hands-on experience to help participants grow their skills 

Helping women grow their careers is also a focus for Cisco, No. 3 in the multinational category. 

The tech company built a Women’s Inventor Network program to increase the number of female inventors who obtained patents for their ideas. Teams were assigned an experienced mentor to help them navigate the patent application process, with the ultimate goal of submitting a patent proposal into the Cisco Patents Online system. 

Regardless of outcome, all participants are given feedback on their proposals, allowing employees to take risks and participate in the innovation process. The result? More employees feel their work is meaningful and the company also increases the number of people contributing new ideas and strategies. 

At winning workplaces, 90% of employees believe they “make a difference” — an experience that has been found to improve well-being for employees, boost retention rates, and drive higher rates of innovation. 

How to make the list

Think your company deserves special recognition? Get started here to become eligible for next year’s Best Workplaces honors. 

Ted Kitterman

Ted Kitterman is a content manager for Great Place to Work®. Ted has experience covering the workplace, business communications, public relations, internal communications, work culture, employee well-being, brand purpose and more. His work shines a light on the unparalleled data and insights offered by Great Place to Work’s decades of research, helping the company share its vision of a great place to work For All™.

Daphne Lee

Daphne believes in building community-relatable content, telling stories through narratives that add value in today’s workplace and in culture-building. Her idea of a great workplace is one that thrives on openness, support and inclusivity while building trust and working towards a common business growth and purpose. A journalist, she spent 15 years writing for trade publications, lifestyle magazines and broadsheet supplements. Daphne was also active in the Parent Support Group of her daughters’ school, chairing the volunteer-run committee for 3 years. A mum of two teenagers and two adopted dogs, she enjoys riding on her trusty bicycle to discover new sights and sounds in Singapore.

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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.