Hong Kong Companies Focused on Employee Engagement During Pandemic

September 8, 2021

30 Hong Kong Companies Named HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2021

Thirty Hong Kong companies have been named the ‘Best Companies to Work For in Asia’ by HR Asia, the region’s most authoritative publication for senior human resource professionals.

This year, over 12,000 employees from 235 companies in Hong Kong responded to the Total Engagement Assessment Model (TEAM) survey, HR Asia’s proprietary employee engagement survey. The in-depth survey provides companies with a unique 360 degree insight of their employees’ morale, their needs, and expectations as well as their engagement levels.

The HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2021 Awards ceremony was held virtually this year due to the pandemic, gathering over 3,000 HR practitioners across Asia. This is the seventh edition to be held in Hong Kong, with winners having demonstrated outstanding, world-class employee engagement and workplace excellence.

“This pandemic has certainly re-defined how companies look at the employer-employee relationship. It is clear that many Hong Kong companies have chosen to put even more emphasis on employee engagement to drive productivity and loyalty amidst the current crisis. Some of the better performing companies this year, are also the same ones who invested substantially, even prior to 2020, in world-class employee engagement and good workplace practices – and are reaping the benefits today,” said William Ng, group publisher and editor-in-chief of Business Media International, publisher of HR Asia.

The Awards and survey now cover twelve markets across the region including mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam making this the largest survey in the region for employee engagement.

The survey has also uncovered some key findings on What Employees are Happy About and What’s on Their Wishlist (infographic attached).

Comments from some of the recipients of the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2021:

Avery Dennison Hong Kong B.V.
“Thank you to all Avery Dennison Hong Kong family. We have grown from strength to strength during this adverse time in two particular areas. Firstly, we have grown to be a workplace culture of inclusiveness, care, health & well-being. Secondly, we are becoming a more digital and data-driven organization. With all of these changes, we continued to hold on to our care value and new learning skills to become a much better, healthier and stronger organization moving forward.” says Helena Shen, vice president of HR, RBIS.

Baxter Healthcare Ltd
“Baxter Healthcare is committed to develop a high-performing organization where employees can maximize their experiences and take pride in contributing to our mission: save & sustain lives. As a healthcare company, we also promote our employees to pursue physical, mental and spiritual health journey while proactively encourages them to contribute back to our local community. It is a great pleasure that we are recognized as among the “Best Companies to Work For in Asia.” says Gary Wong, general manager of Baxter Healthcare Ltd (Hong Kong & Taiwan).

China Mobile International Limited
“HR Asia Awards recognized the HR effort and best practices of China Mobile International Limited (CMI), both internally and externally. Being awarded meant that CMI shared a common value and goal accomplishment with our employee successfully. CMI ‘TRY’ culture brings employee strong competency and responsive mind to adapt any changes. This is a milestone to our intrinsic ‘TRY’ value. We will keep performing our best HR practices from talent acquisition to total development and explore innovative ideas that will open new possibilities for our employee to achieve the next level.” says Jason Zhang, general manager of human resources at China Mobile International Limited.

CMB International Capital Corporation Limited
“This is a very proud moment for us as this is the first time for CMB International to reach this highly recognizable platform. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my valuable HR colleagues and dedicated staff, as well as my supervisor Ms. Gao for being supportive of my work. This award shall motivate us to work harder to give the best services within our capacity. Receiving the award as one of “Best Companies to Work For in Asia” is a tremendous honor to us. We will keep our professionalism as a leading company in Asia and consider this award as our responsibility to strive for bigger success in the future.” says Dominic Au, deputy head of human resources of CMB International Capital Corporation Limited.

Haitong International Securities Group Limited
“As one of the leading Chinese financial institutions, we are honored to be one of the Winners of this prestigious award for four consecutive years. This Award affirms our investment in human resources and recognizes our outstanding employer practices. We will continue the efforts to invest our talents whom they have enormous potential to be the future leaders and contributing to the continuous growth of Haitong International’s cross-regional and diversified business segments.” says Stephen Chan, group head of human resources at Haitong International Securities Group Limited.

KPMG China
“It is a significant award for us to receive as it greatly recognizes what we have done. It approbates our commitment to overcoming challenges and continuously to thrive with our employees. This award belongs to everyone in our firm. It is our people who build up this great people culture that defined who we are and make here a fabulous place to work for.” says Derek Yuen, regional people partner of KPMG China.

Link Asset Management Limited
“We are honored to receive the “Best Companies to Work For in Asia” 2021 for the second consecutive year, and to receive the “WeCare HR Asia Most Caring Companies Award” 2021. This is a huge recognition to our commitment as we continue to pursue excellency amid the global pandemic. We remain committed to our vision as a world class real estate investor and manager with the aim to improve the lives of those around us. Thank you to HR Asia Awards Organizing Committee!.” says Phyllis Ng, director of human resources at Link Asset Management HK.

Melco Resorts & Entertainment
“We are very privileged to be recognized as “Best Companies to Work for in Asia” and to receive the “WeCare Most Caring Companies Award”. It is only made possible through the efforts of our business unit leaders and HR colleagues that implemented and embraced the service culture set forth by our Chairman and CEO Mr Lawrence Ho. We have supported our people through unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Safety measurements included ensuring a safe working environment by deploying stringent safety protocols, and implementing work from home arrangements wherever is possible. We have also supported the community through ‘Simple Acts of Kindness’, an initiative that encourages colleagues to volunteer during working hours throughout the pandemic.” says Akiko Takahashi, EVP of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited.

Nestle Hong Kong Limited
“It is our honor to receive this compelling award for three years in a row! This Award recognition represents our commitment and consistency in enable inspiring working environment for all our colleagues because at Nestle, we truly believe that our most important resources is our people, and we will continue to innovate new ways of supporting our organization to be a true force for good. This is also in consistent with our purpose as a leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company. At Nestlé Hong Kong, employees is our highest priority and as one of the “Best Companies to Work For in Asia”, we will continue to live our values of ‘TRE’, which stands for “Trust, Respect and Excellent” and we aim to apply ‘TRE’ throughout our daily work and life. Together, we will live up to our purpose by unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come.” says May Chung general manager of Nestlé Hong Kong.