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Singapore’s best places to work 2017

Source | | Yamini Chinnuswamy

Thanks to Uber, the Weinstein Company, and the much-criticised toxicity of Silicon Valley and Hollywood, “workplace culture” has been the business buzzword (er, phrase) of the year.

But for Singapore’s best places to work in 2017 – as declared by the Great Place to Work Institute Singapore – workplace culture isn’t just something to worry about when it becomes the subject of countless think-pieces in the media. Rather, it forms a key aspect of a company’s mission and business goals.

“The best workplaces don’t leave culture up to chance,” said Evelyn Kwek, managing director of the Great Place to Work Institute Singapore.

At Intuit Singapore, which was the top winner in the Small Organisations category, building up a healthy and positive office culture is an evolving process that starts right up at recruitment.

“It’s not just about brains. We also assess for ‘awesome’, because we want people who carry our DNA, and who are aligned to our values,” said Shirin Anne Wan, Head of Customer Success, Asia Pacific, and Site Leader for Intuit Singapore.

A core value at the software company is ‘win together’ – a sentiment that starts from the top levels of the company, who are also mindful of acknowledging and incorporating the principles and societal norms of the international workforce.

“Even though they’re bosses sitting in Silicon Valley, they respect [the Asian/Singaporean culture]. Our leaders are highly humbled, and respect us… I don’t see that in a lot of organisations,” Wan added.

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