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

THOUGHT LEADERS: Here’s what HR and business leaders across Southeast Asia and global HR communities have to say on today’s pressing issue:

“Compensation is ‘a’ factor, but certainly can’t be ‘the’ factor.”

— Fong Tuan Chen, Senior Executive Vice President for Group Human Capital, Maybank

In a LinkedIn thought piece, financial institution Maybank’s Fong Tuan Chen said that compensation is a huge factor when thinking about starting a career in one’s homeland, but added that it shouldn’t be the deciding factor.

Chen explained growth trajectory and career velocity are also critical, adding that competitiveness isn’t just reflected by how much one is paid, but by how far one can go and how high one can reach.


“You must put people at the centre of business.”

— Rudy Abrahams, Managing Director, SAP Philippines

At this year’s Connect CHRO Roundtable: Change Work for Good, consulting firm SAP Philippines’ managing director Rudy Abrahams said enterprises must put people at the centre of their business.

Abrahams talked about the essence of a sustainable organisation, adding that connecting data, technology, and business strategy enables businesses to create a sustainable workforce with involved employees. He said that employees who feel valued could help businesses meet their desired goals.


“Do not lower your expectations of yourself.”

—Thila Suppiah, HR Manager – APAC, Smith+Nephew

Sharing her thoughts about the challenges of job opportunities, Thila Suppiah, medical equipment manufacturing company Smith+Nephew’s HR Manager for APAC, said employees shouldn’t settle for anything less than what they deserve.

Suppiah explained that while job seeking can get quite frustrating, seekers should persevere and be patient to go further in the process.


“It takes a community to succeed in the battle against mental health stigma.”

—Nicole Quiogue Golloso, HR Lead for Singapore & Hong Kong, McCann Worldgroup

Speaking about mental health, advertising firm McCann Worldgroup’s HR Lead for Singapore & Hong Kong, Nicole Quiogue Golosso said fighting the stigma surrounding mental health takes a whole lot of effort.

Golosso added that change can only be seen if people make an effort to learn more about mental health.


WHO SAYS? — a curation of insights from HR leaders and business professionals across Southeast Asia — appears on Chief of Staff Asia every Tuesday at 3:00 pm.

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