HR Asia, Asia’s most authoritative publications for HR professionals, has announced twenty companies in Indonesia as the best companies to work for; as ranked by 6,420 employees across the country.

Winners of the award are selected from 189 nominees among 20 industries, based on a proprietary survey that assesses the company’s working environment, HR practices, employee engagement and the resulting job satisfaction. The Awards cover 12 markets across Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and China.

Companies named as the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia include PT 3M Indonesia, PT Bank Maybank Indonesia, PT BFI Finance Indonesia Tbk, British American Tobacco, and PT Holcim Indonesia Tbk.

“This is one of the most structured and extensive survey on employee engagement and workplace practices in this region. Through this survey, HR Asia has discovered that many of these companies – both local and international – have workplace practices that are on par with the best in the world,” say Dato’ William Ng, group publisher and editor-in-chief of Business Media International.

Private Sector Collaborates to Upgrade Employee Skills

A key trend emerging from among the award-winning employers is the collaborative effort to upgrade the skills of employees. A recent Asian Development Bank (ADB) report has called for industry players to collaborate to develop industry-wide skill development programmes. Among the award recipients, over half have reported an increased spending on employees’ further education and training, which include immediate family members and children.

“By working within the industry, companies will be able to leverage on their combined training budget to lower the hourly-cost of training and enhance the results of such programmes. Industry associations need to take the lead. Most employers are willing and ready, but until and unless industry associations step in, collaboration won’t happen”, says Ng.

Good Employers Score Higher

Survey participants were asked affirmative statements about their employers, and either agree or disagree with each of the statements. Based on these answers across the survey, the top 3 areas that employees in Indonesia agree about their jobs are:

  1. The Need to Meet and Exceed Customer Expectations
  2. Proud to Work in the Organisation
  3. Knowing What is Expected of the Employee at Work

On the other hand, the 3 areas that score the lowest in the survey (i.e. the ones which the employees feel their companies can improve on) are:

  1. Receiving Recognition for Doing Good Work
  2. Fully Inform What is Going on in the Organisation
  3. Receiving Support to Do Job Effectively

Citing the Catalyst Behind Their Motivation

Some of the winners for the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia Award offered their quotes on the meaning of their participation and what the award meant to them;

“At 3M Indonesia, we are proud of being a global part of the big 3M and we strive every day to be a true global citizen. This award proves ‘We are in,’” says Harry Syahrial, HR country lead of PT 3M Indonesia.

PT Bank Maybank Indonesia shares that “Our Humanising mission sets us apart to continue delivering only the best practices in becoming one of the best employers in the region.”

“Conducive working environment and passionate people are keys to ensure that we are able to foster and empower the society in building and serving the nation,” says Harry Surya Adam, human capital director of Bina Nusantara.

BAT Indonesia shares that “Great people and an engaging culture are key to our success. We are delighted to receive this external recognition of BAT family’s personal growth, capabilities development, and contender spirit we display every day delivering great business result. This award goes to every single employee of BAT Indonesia who will continue making us a great place to work.”

“We are very proud that PT. Holcim Indonesia, Tbk. is presented with this Award as an important validation of our robust efforts in ensuring a diverse and inclusive working environment for our people as well our commitment to continue to nurture agility, collaboration and empowerment in our company,” says Wiwik Wahyuni, organisation and human resources director of PT Holcim Indonesia Tbk.

“We take care of our employees with a H.E.A.R.T (Happy, Engaging, Approachable, Responsible & Trustworthy), so they will take care of our Customer also with a HEART,” says Dany Pradhana, senior director of HR of PT IDS Medical Systems Indonesia.

“As a company, Mundipharma is all about people, including the patients we serve and the people we work with. This award is a confirmation of our feeling that this company is special, and everybody put great efforts in making it a wonderful place to work,” says Felix Abednego, HR director of Mundipharma Indonesia.

“A leader must be able to inspire his team to move forward and become better,” says Elin Waty, CEO of PT Sun Life Financial Indonesia.

“While investement in common ICT industry primarily goes to technology, we are in Telkom Group believe that the the main engine of this company is no longer technology, but our prospective talent,” says Mr. Alex J. Sinaga. CEO of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom).

“We are proud to become the first in our Industry in Indonesia to win this Award. Aligned with our principal that People come first and creating a great place to work for our people is our top priority,” says Ms. Dehayati Suryono, HR Director of WPP – GroupM Indonesia.

Full List of Indonesia Recipients of the HR Asia Best Companies To Work For In Asia 2017

No. Company Name Industry
1. PT 3M Indonesia Diversified technology
2. PT AIA Financial Insurance
3. PT Asuransi Jiwa Manulife Indonesia Insurance
4. PT Bank Maybank Indonesia Financial services
5. PT BFI Finance Indonesia TBK Financial services
6. Bina Nusantara Education
7. British American Tobacco Indonesia Consumer Goods
8. Federal Karyatama (MPM Lubricants) Manufacturing and distribution
9. PT Holcim Indonesia Tbk Manufacturing
10. PT IDS Medical Systems Indonesia Distribution
11. Indonesia Stock Exchange Capital market
12. Mundipharma Indonesia Healthcare and pharmaceutical
13. PT Novo Nordisk Indonesia Healthcare and pharmaceutical
14. PT Panorama JTB Tours Indonesia Travel
15. Premier Jatinegara Hospital Healthcare
16. Scoot Fast Cruises Travel
17. PT Sun Life Financial Indonesia Insurance
18. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) Telecommunication
19. PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk Consumer goods
20. WPP – GroupM Indonesia Advertising


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