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 […]

Indonesia’s new bill to transform state civil service recruitment


Indonesia’s state civil service bill, which is currently being debated in parliament, is expected to bring major changes to the way civil servants are recruited, trained, and managed. Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Abdullah Azwar Anas said the bill would transform the recruitment process to enable a more agile and collaborative government. He also […]

Mental health risk rises among employees in Asia


A study has found that a majority of employees in Asia are at risk of developing mental health illnesses, with stress, anxiety, and burnout identified as key drivers of reduced productivity. The Aon TELUS Health Asia Mental Health Index report surveyed 13,000 employees in 12 countries across Asia including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand […]

HR Tech Update: Finding the right roles for non-executive roles through online job portals


Non-PMET (professionals, managers, executives and technicians) positions require fewer skills and qualifications. In the Southeast Asia market they are evolving, and slowly becoming more attractive to jobseekers. Organisations and governments alike are taking notice of how crucial non-PMET roles are, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic affected economies everywhere. In Singapore, for example, the government made […]

Indonesia’s NET TV reduced workforce to 30%


NET TV has announced a significant workforce reduction through employee layoffs. In a disclosure to the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), the free-to-air broadcasting company is currently undergoing adjustments and evaluations, including human resource management. As a result, approximately 30% of the company’s total workforce was affected by the layoffs which started on September 11 to […]

Indonesia – South Korea forge digital alliance to boost manufacturing and HR


The Indonesian Industry Ministry and the South Korean National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) have signed a collaboration agreement to strengthen digital transformation cooperation in the manufacturing and HR sectors. The agreement covers a range of activities, including information exchange, business and technology exchange, knowledge transfer, and the promotion of the use of ICT in […]

PepsiCo expansion to boost Indonesia workforce


US food and beverage giant PepsiCo is set to generate a significant number of employment for Indonesians, as they have announced a substantial investment of $200 million to build a new snack factory in Indonesia. This move marks the company’s return to the country after a four-year absence. Encompassing an area of 60,000 square meters, […]

Singapore professionals ready for AI-driven workplace


LinkedIn study found that 65% of professionals believe that AI will significantly change the way they work. Over 1 in 2 professionals (56%) are already using AI at work, and close to half (46%) said that their companies have already introduced guidelines or training plans to integrate AI into their day-to-day work. While the new […]

HR Tech Update: How chatbots are unlocking a new level of efficiency and engagement in HR


Chatbots have evolved since their first iteration in 1994, now becoming an exciting new technology that can change how organisations manage their workforce. In larger organisations, when there are hundreds of employees, vendors, and candidates to communicate with, HR can become overwhelmed quickly with keeping track of messages, requests, and questions. Chatbots can be useful […]

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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