HR Champions: Rudolf Tjandra’s positive outlook carries employee morale


Title: CEO, PT. Sasa Inti Office Headquarters: Indonesia Company Operations: Global (Exports) Industry: Manufacturing Employees: 1,001-5,000 Rudolf Tjandra sought firstly to maintain employee morale during covid-19, which struck two years after he stepped in as CEO. In addition to implementing remote work, Sasa provided masks, vitamins, and even ginger water to employees in order to […]

Enhancing Employee Engagement: 5 HR Approaches for Southeast Asian Workforces


Employee engagement is a vital factor in the success of any organization. In the dynamic and diverse workplaces of Southeast Asia, where cultures, languages, and traditions converge, HR departments face unique challenges and opportunities in fostering engagement among their teams. This article explores five HR approaches tailored to enhance employee engagement in Southeast Asian workforces. […]

HR Champions: “Leadership is about empowering others” – Valerie Ong


Title: CEO, KIP Group of Companies/KIP Real Estate Investment Trust Office headquarters: Malaysia Company operations: Malaysia Industry: Real estate Employees: 51-200 Valerie Ong is not afraid of asking questions. “It’s important to want to learn,” she says, and she demonstrates this by tirelessly eliciting advice and insights from those who know more than her. As […]

HR Tech Update: Building an ideal HR tech stack


HR departments can use tech stacks to more strategically manage, oversee, and fill their roles in a company. Tech stacks make the most of HR software, integrating with more traditional people-management methods. What is a tech stack? What does a stack of technology actually mean when it comes to HR? It’s not literal layers of […]

WHO SAYS: Quotes of the week from HR influencers and leaders

WHO SAYS: Quotes of the week from HR influencers and leaders

Immerse yourself in the wisdom shared by respected HR and business luminaries from across Southeast Asia as they offer their insightful views on the most urgent matters of the day. “In an environment of constant change, workforce innovations, and new cycles of talent development, improving the maturity of your talent programmes is critical.” – Himanshu […]

HR Champions: Giving back to coffee farmers with Le Hoang Diep Thao


Title: CEO, King Coffee Office headquarters: Vietnam Company operations: Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, China, UK, and USA Industry: Food & Beverage Employees: 1,001-5,000 The King Coffee magnate has built a company and global partnerships by creating trust and value for her suppliers, franchisees, and partners. “That is the root of what we do. If […]

HR Ecosystem Awards: Outstanding women leaders on the panel


With nominations for the HR Ecosystem Awards open, Chief of Staff Asia is thrilled to unveil the first two (2) judges in this year’s presentation of the best consultancies, solutions, and service providers for HR in Southeast Asia. Fronting the panel are two exemplary leaders in the HR space: Gayatheri Silvakumar and Louise Pender.  As […]

HR Champions: Jennifer Cho on local talent with global perspective


Title: Vice-president of Island Southeast Asia, Medtronic Office headquarters: Singapore Company operations: Southeast Asia, South Asia, Saipan, and Guam Industry: Medical equipment manufacturing Employees: 700 (Southeast Asia only) Employee engagement and team development are pillars of Jennifer Cho’s leadership style. She recognises the role that she and HR play in motivating employees and providing them […]

HR Champions: Ng Wee Wei on the power of adequate rest


Title: Senior Managing Director/Market Unit Lead Organisation: Accenture Southeast Asia Office headquarters: Singapore Company operations: Global Industry: Business consulting and services Employees: 738,000 In a blog on how digitalisation will drive work-life convergence, Ng Wee Wei expressed the importance of creating a safe environment that is inclusive and diverse so that employees can feel it […]

The First Word: Being skills-powered is non-negotiable today


Traditionally, work was a place we’d go to. But now, it has become more about what we do — from anywhere. It’s all part of a new talent equation of supply and demand based on skills being critical for organizational success. Very soon, jobs will no longer be the sole corporate unit that everything in […]

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