21 companies from Malaysia were announced the winners of the Best Companies to Work for in Asia Awards 2013. The awards, organised by HR trade journal – HR Asia, saw 145 companies competing to be known as the best workplaces in Malaysia and Asia.

The Awards is based on a proprietary survey developed by HR Asia and encompasses employees’ feedback and input, and management comments and presentation. In total, 4,000 Malaysian employees were surveyed to determine their intention and motivation, emotional engagement and advocacy of their respective employers.

“This is one of the most scientific and extensive surveys on employee engagement and workplace practices in this region. Since embarking on the project last year, HR Asia has discovered that many of these companies – both local and international –have workplace practices that are on par with the best in the world,” said Caroline Ang, General Manager of Business Media International, the publisher of HR Asia.

The Awards will cover 12 markets across Asia, with Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong being the first three respectively to hold the results announcement.

Good Employers Score Higher

Survey participants are asked affirmative statements about their employers, and either agree or disagree with each of the statements. Based on these answers across the survey, the top 3 areas that companies are doing right are:

  • Setting clear work expectations
  • Creating a harmonious work environment
  • Emphasis on employee well-being
  • On the other hand, the 3 areas that scored the lowest in the survey (i.e. the ones which the employees feel their companies can improve on) are:
  • Employees are not being informed of what’s happening in the company
  • Colleagues are not supporting one another
  • Lack of employees’ confidence in senior management

“Happy employees see long term growth potential and opportunity for progress in their workplace. They get along well, not just with their fellow colleagues but also with their superiors,” shared Ang.

“Most of the employees in the winning companies enjoy job satisfaction in what they do. They believe that they are providing value to their companies and are appreciated for their contributions. An important factor is that these employees have fostered a sense of ownership within the companies that they work for. Employees are motivated and empowered to do their best, because they realise that there will be recognition and reward for their efforts,” she added.

“I am positive that from here onwards, with the awards making headway in Malaysia and moving forward regionally – that truly we have set a precedent to empower companies towards new heights in creating better workplace and incorporating better employee engagement practices,” said Ang.