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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Do we have Best Employers in Malaysia?

If you followed the news carefully, you will have realised that there are new rankings in the making. The Edge started the ball rolling on April 18, when they wrote that the "winners of a third “Best Employers in Malaysia” study would be announced yesterday with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to officiate the event. The award ceremony was shown yesterday evening in the Late News of TV3. The Star online published something, not much, here.

But if one checks the relevant webpage, it is possible to get to the list.

Hewitt Associates just published a list of the Best Employers in Malaysia. There will be a similar event for other participating countries, such as Thailand (also took place yesterday), Singapore , and China. The round closes with a regional award ceremony on April 25, 2005.

Here is the list for Malaysia:
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur
2. Dumex (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
3. SP Setia Bhd.
4. The Ascott Group Limited
5. Brunsfield Group of Companies
6. American Express (Malaysia)
7. Komag USA (Malaysia) Sdn.
8. Federal Express Services (M) Sdn. Bhd. 9
. Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
10. Tenaga Nasional Berhad

What do you think of the list? There are great companies on the list – everybody knows what the Ritz-Carlton is doing for their employees and their guests. Just take a look at their thiking - Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen, and you realise that a whole new world is opening.

Or, look at the dynamism of Amercan Express: Lee Siew Lee, their CEO for Malaysia and Brunei says in an interview that “You can’t simply make changes and just wait for things to improve. Trouble-shooting, decision-making and providing directions are not enough. She further comments that leaders must spend time communicating with staff in order to sell company ideas across the board. Lee attributes her success to her skill in rallying people, rather than harassing them to work harder. “You need followers to be a good leader.”

There is another list that has already been published, namely for Hong Kong:

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
2. J.W. Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
3. Urban Group
4. Marriott Asia Pacific Management Ltd
5. Federal Express Pacific Inc
6. Jones Lang LaSalle Management Services Ltd
8. Ricoh Hong Kong Limited
9. Noble Group Limited
10. Circle K Convenience Stores (HK) Ltd

Again, it shows market players such as FedEx and the Ritz that are able to succeed across the region. this shows, that it is possible to align your values across the region.

(Asia Business Consulting)