HR Champions: Hendra Gunawan on communication, belonging, and crisis mitigation


Title: CEO Organisation: United Overseas Bank (UOB) Indonesia Office headquarters: Indonesia Company operations: Global Industry: Banking Employees: 3,200 (provided by the company) UOB Indonesia’s HR team and other staff can testify to how Hendra Gunawan prioritises employee wellbeing and development. He values clear and open communication with employees regardless of seniority or role, so a […]

Cultural Diversity: 5 HR practices for Southeast Asia


In today’s globalised world, Southeast Asia stands out as a region of remarkable cultural diversity. Home to a myriad of languages, traditions, and perspectives, this vibrant part of the world presents both opportunities and challenges for businesses. To thrive in this dynamic environment, Human Resources (HR) departments must adopt practices that not only embrace diversity […]

HR Champions: Mharicar Castillo-Reyes’ people-centric leadership


Title: CEO Organisation: Asticom Group of Companies Office headquarters: Philippines Company operations: Philippines and USA Industry: Shared services and outsourcing Employees: 5,000+ When Covid-19 hit the Philippines with a lockdown announcement, Asticom went into a remote setup within 72 hours. Work-from-home essentials were provided to employees, and the leadership team, with Castillo-Reyes at the helm, […]

The First Word: Adapting to a borderless workforce in Singapore


Every company today is now competing in the global economy. Traditional work models have evolved in the aftermath of the pandemic, and employees and businesses alike have begun to embrace remote work as the future of work. What trends have arised as companies in Singapore and the wider Southeast Asia region navigate through the challenges […]

HR Champions: Piyush Gupta on finding hidden expertise


Title: CEO, DBS Bank Office headquarters: Singapore Company operations: Southeast Asia, South Asia, and China Industry: Banking Employees: 36,000  Piyush Gupta has had his fair share of regrets and realisations over his 40-year career, including 13 years as the bank’s CEO. He does not shy away from sharing them as lessons. One of these is […]

Five innovative strategies for talent acquisition in Southeast Asia


In the vibrant and diverse landscape of Southeast Asia, businesses were engaged in a relentless pursuit of talent. With a growing economy and increasing competition, companies knew that traditional methods of talent acquisition wouldn’t suffice. They needed fresh, innovative strategies to attract the best and brightest. Enter the “Talent Trailblazers,” a consortium of HR leaders […]

Hybrid setup can be a game-changer for working parents


A new study by IWG, the world’s largest operator of flexible and hybrid workspaces, has revealed that working parents in Singapore face significant challenges in arranging childcare during the school holidays. The study found that 62% of the respondents is having issues arranging childcare for the school holidays. As a result, many parents are forced […]

Singapore to launch new flexible work arrangements guidelines


A tripartite workgroup has been formed to define the guidelines on flexible work arrangements (FWAs) in Singapore. The guidelines will be mandatory for employers to follow and are aimed at ensuring that FWA requests are fairly and properly considered, with both employers and employees’ needs in mind. The workgroup is jointly chaired by Gan Siow […]

HR Ecosystem Awards: Remote working category


More than three years after covid-19 hit, technological innovations and human creativity have yielded numerous digital platforms to help companies establish virtual workspaces. Over the years, these  developers and their clientele have discovered how collaboration and engagement remain top indicators of a thriving remote workplace. The HR Ecosystem Awards will thus seek to name the […]

Jakarta adopts hybrid work setup to combat air pollution


The Indonesian government has adopted a partial work-from-home policy for employees in local governments, state-owned enterprises, and municipally-owned companies in Jakarta and the surrounding area. The policy was announced by Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian on Wednesday, and aimed to reduce vehicle emissions and mitigate air pollution in the capital city. Under the new policy, […]

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