The COVID-19 pandemic has upended ways of work and recruitment around the world, while companies continue to face challenges amid the uncertain climate. The pandemic has also significantly changed the experiences, motivations, and priorities of workers and job seekers. As employees find more comfort and productivity in working from home, many pursue permanent work-from-home arrangements from their employers to ensure work-life balance.
While global organisations continue adopting their best strategy to maintain productivity, employers also continue investing in their people. Today, these organisations are reaping the benefits of positive workplace culture as a result of having the right employee programmes in place.
Employers in Singapore, for example, were seen to receive the best positive outcomes thanks to their COVID-19 management. According to The Straits Times, employees working in the top 200 Singapore’s Best Employers 2021 said they feel supported, have a greater sense of purpose and commitment to the company even during a crisis.
The survey was commissioned by The Straits Times and global research company Statista. The research is conducted by surveying companies with at least 200 people in Singapore. The evaluation is done in an independent environment through Statista’s online panels. At the core of scoring was a question about the willingness of staff to recommend their own employer to friends and family. Then, employers were ranked by their total score based on the gathered evaluations. The 200 companies with the best scores – less than 15 percent of the eligible companies – were included in the list of Singapore’s Best Employers 2021.
Cristina Pittas, senior analyst at Statista, told The Straits Times that about 70 percent of the employers on last year’s inaugural list of 150 best employers are also on this year’s list. This suggests that companies in Singapore are managing the crisis well despite the challenges they are facing.
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In 2021’s survey, giant tech companies, Google and Apple, came in first and second respectively, followed by retailer Adidas Singapore, educational institute Singapore American School, and e-commerce Amazon. Meanwhile, industries with greater resilience or advantage during the pandemic, such as semiconductors and electronics, drugs and biotechnology, insurance and logistics, showed relatively high levels of employee satisfaction. When broken down into the level of employment, from trainee to supervisor, lower-level employees were generally less satisfied than higher-level employees. The survey also recorded that women tended to display slightly lower levels of satisfaction than men.
Below are the 5 Best Employers in Singapore through the year 2021.
Google is an IT, Internet, software and service industry headquartered in Mountain View, California, United States. Google reached a total score of 8.62 in The Straits Times survey.
Google Singapore has a 4.5-star rating on Glassdoor, with 95 percent approving of its CEO and 89 percent stating that they would recommend the firm to a friend. During COVID-19, 24/7 counselling services are available in the company. An employee-led mental health awareness group is available on Google Meet. Google is also known for paying its staff well.
Following closely behind Google is Apple with a score of 8.60. In early 2020, Apple was the market leader among mobile vendors in Singapore with a market share of approximately 33.6 percent. According to Glassdoor, Apple Singapore has a 4.1-star rating with 95 percent approving of its CEO Tim Cook and 83 percent stating that they would recommend the firm to a friend. Feedback on working at the company typically depicts a challenging, yet rewarding work experience.
On the third list, Adidas Singapore scored 8.52. It has a rating of 4.2-star on Glassdoor with 100 percent approving of its CEO Kasper Rorsted and 68 percent stating that employees would recommend the company. Most reviewers lauded the fun and close-knit company culture.
Singapore American School has a score of 8.38 on The Straits Times survey. The school was founded in 1956 and currently held 94th percentile or higher in all MAP testing subjects worldwide. Indeed cited that Singapore American School has an average of 4.28 from all rankings, including work-life balance, salary and benefits, job security and advancement, management, and culture.
In the fifth rank, Amazon, retail and wholesale business industry, got an overall score of 8.33. Amazon is one of the largest companies in the world by market value, with a market capitalisation as of 9 July 2020 of nearly US$1.6 trillion. Indeed recorded an average 3.34-star for Amazon Singapore’s work-life balance, salary and benefits, job security and advancement, management, and culture. Most reviews lauded the flexible work hour arrangement and high salary.
For Singapore’s Best Employers 2021 complete list, please check here.