Great Place to Work launched Vietnam’s first Best Workplaces™ event on 12 May

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Held in Ho Chi Minh City, Great Place to Work® ASEAN launched the inaugural Vietnam’s Best Workplaces™ list. A total of 15 companies were honoured in the Vietnam Best Workplaces™ List, and 11 Certified™ Companies across industries such as technology, agricultural, manufacturing and electronics were also present to receive their Great Place to Work-Certification™. In the last 1.5 years, Great Place to Work has certified more than 30 companies.

The event adopted the theme People-First, Purpose-Driven, acknowledging the approach that companies have taken in their workplace practices over the past year. There were a total of 120 participants who attended the event along with the Vice-Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Mr Vo Tan Thanh, and the Executive Director of European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, Mrs Delphine Rousselet.

In the welcome speech to the audience, Ms Evelyn Kwek, managing director of Great Place to Work ASEAN and ANZ said: 

“The best way to do great business and take care of our customers is to take care of our people first. When we are purpose-driven, the company is here to do more, a lot more than just make money; we’re here to take care of each other, respect each other, build great teams, and help each other perform in a way that is better for people, better for business and better for the world.”

To determine the 2022 Vietnam’s Best Workplaces, Great Place to Work®️ analyzed confidential survey feedback representing about over 20,000 employees across different industries in Vietnam. Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place to Work For All™️.

85% of the evaluation is based on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do. Great Place to Work®️ analyzes these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry. The remaining 15% of the rank is based on an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values, and the effectiveness of their leaders, to ensure they’re consistently experienced. 

Certified companies honored with recognition

TTC Sugar, the agriculture arm of the TTC Group, was one of the Certified companies who received the recognition.  

“TTC sugar is a Vietnamese company but we want to have orientation globally as we export our sugar products to over 24 countries. We want to build a good culture for the employees as they are also our decision-makers. The company will continue to grow and we want to have a workplace culture that can be compared to MNC companies,”

said Mr Tai Quach, TAM TTC Sugar, who oversees recruitment, employee branding for head office and 22 business units of TTC Agricultural Industry.

Cisco Systems Vietnam topped the Best Workplaces List in the Small Category (10 to 99 employees).

“We believe when people are given opportunities they will shine! We honor the conscious culture we’ve been fostering for years. The work we’ve been doing isn’t just to serve our business goals or employees, it’s for the community and people who live and work within Vietnam. This award is recognition that it’s a way to honor and celebrate the efforts we’ve put in,”

said Ms Luong Thi Le Thuy, general director, Cisco Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

DHL-VNPT Express Ltd who was the top-ranked Best Workplace company in the Medium & Large Category shared:

"Our quest for excellence is only due to our highly motivated teams. That they trust and empower people and each other."

What is the future of employee engagement in the new normal?

The event also discussed the future of employee engagement in the new normal with a business leader, Cisco’s Ms Luong Thi Le Thuy and HR representatives Mrs Nguyen Thi Nam Phương, vice president, Human Resources Association and Mr Lê Hồng Phúc- founder and president, Vietnam Human Resources Association. The panel expressed and acknowledged that the post-pandemic way of working within companies have changed. Many are adopting a hybrid and flexible work model complementing the younger generation’s increased pace of working. Coupled with the impact of digital transformation, companies should develop HR policies that are agile, can cater to the current workforce, and to respond with timely measures and policies that are aligned with the companies and the individuals.

Great Place to Work also published a Vietnam Insights Report that captured the data from the Best Workplaces List-certified companies that show what a high-trust workplace is in Vietnam. The report is available for download here.

“Vietnam is an important part of ASEAN and represents a significant opportunity for companies to tap a well-educated, skilled and young workforce. Great Place to Work's representative office in Vietnam will allow us to support local and multinational companies to better develop and strengthen their workplace culture in Vietnam and will also help identify companies who do this well to jobseekers. Our mission is to build a better world by helping organizations become Great Places to Work For All™,” said Ms Kwek

Daphne Lee

Daphne believes in building community-relatable content, telling stories through narratives that add value in today’s workplace and in culture-building. Her idea of a great workplace is one that thrives on openness, support and inclusivity while building trust and working towards a common business growth and purpose. A journalist, she spent 15 years writing for trade publications, lifestyle magazines and broadsheet supplements. Daphne was also active in the Parent Support Group of her daughters’ school, chairing the volunteer-run committee for 3 years. A mum of two teenagers and two adopted dogs, she enjoys riding on her trusty bicycle to discover new sights and sounds in Singapore.

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To be eligible for the World’s Best Workplaces list, a company must apply and be named to a minimum of 5 national Best Workplaces lists within our current 58 countries, have 5,000 employees or more worldwide, and at least 40% of the company’s workforce (or 5,000 employees) must be based outside of the home country. Extra points are given based on the number of countries where a company surveys employees with the Great Place to Work Trust Index©, and the percentage of a company’s workforce represented by all Great Place to Work surveys globally. Candidates for the 2017 Worlds Best Workplaces list will have appeared on national workplaces lists published in September 2016 through August 2017.