The Heroes Among Us

Xyris Tapia

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Great Place to Work® Philippines has just concluded the Philippines Best Workplaces™ 2021 Virtual List Reveal, held on March 3, 2021. It was a heart-warming affair, watched and shared by countless organizations not just in the Philippines, but also within the ASEAN region and across GPTW’s global network. The event was joined not just by the members of the GPTW Community but also by their families and friends, who rallied for them from the comforts of their homes.

Re-watch the live reveal of the Philippines Best Workplaces 2021

It was not so much the celebration and the awards that were the highlight of this event, but in giving back and honoring the Filipino workers and employers who have persevered through adversity together, supported one another, and have gone beyond self to care for customers, uphold their organizations, and serve the Filipino community and the world, especially in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

As aptly expressed by the Guest of Honor, Mr. Silvestre Bello III of the Philippines’ Department of Labor and Employment, “Indeed, the year 2020 was a very challenging time for our countrymen, particularly those from the labor and business sectors. The COVID-19 pandemic killed many businesses and rendered hundreds of thousands jobless. But the damage could have been worse had it not been for the ‘Bayanihan’ (community) spirit of our people and the resilience of our race. A level of cooperation between our workers and employers to address the impact of the global health crisis probably reached its peak during the pandemic. During the very restrictive ‘Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)’, accounts of employers and workers exploring together for ways to keep businesses running were truly inspiring.”

The Philippines Best Workplaces 2021 List Reveal brought a positive perspective to the unprecedented catastrophes in the year 2020. Organizations who prevailed through these tough times doubled their efforts towards their people, providing more than the standard benefits to ensure the safety, productivity, health, and well-being of their workforce. As a result, they were assured that their employees gave back and kept their businesses afloat. Special recognition was given for the bold acts of leadership by managers and supervisors, who led their teams through the transition to the ‘work-from-home set-up’, exemplified the new ways of working, and spent time and effort to check on each of their members in order to sustain a cohesive, high-trust, high-performance workplace culture, even outside office walls.

Great Place to Work® Global CEO, Mr. Michael C. Bush, shared “At Great Place to Work®, we believe in a concept called ‘Innovation by ALL,’ which means as a leader, you want your members innovating on your behalf, finding faster and better ways to do things, creating a better experience for them, and a better experience for your customers. And what we know is that you cannot have ‘Innovation by ALL’, you can’t have a sense of inclusion, without people feeling that they are cared for, and without people feeling that they are treated fairly, and being respected in an equal way across the organization. What we learned in 2020 is that organizations that were already working towards building a high-trust culture did better than organizations that don’t. So we all have to concentrate more on giving a great experience for our employees to get that great financial performance that we need during these uncertain times.”

This event was truly a gathering of kindred hearts and minds; of witnessing a connected community on its mission to be ‘Better Together’; and a true testament that ‘resilience’ is not forged by will alone, but by the strength of relationships that propel us beyond our boundaries and inspire us to carry on. This event was a tribute for colleagues, mentors, leaders, friends, frontliners, and even family members – the heroes among us.

Click here for the event highlights of the Philippines Best Workplaces 2021 List Reveal and to find out more on the companies who made it to the list.

Xyris Tapia

Xyris loves to look at life through a broader lens. She is a certified bookworm, occasional writer, intrepid traveler and design enthusiast. She likes to create and breathe vibrancy to things. When not organizing events, she is a content contributor for GPTW PH and likewise handles corporate matters. A happy wife and a doting mom, she finds joy in unique experiences and believes that everyone has the potential for greatness.

Great Place To Work identifies Best Workplaces™ in Asia by surveying over 1 million employees in Asia and the Middle East about the key factors that create great workplaces for all and analyzing company workplace programs impacting over 4.7 million employees in the region.

To be considered, companies must first be identified as outstanding in their local region by appearing on one or more of our Best Workplaces lists in Greater China (including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, UAE, Vietnam during 2021 or early 2022.

Companies rank in three size categories: Small and Medium (10-499 employees); Large (500+); and Multinational. Multinational organizations are also assessed on their efforts to create great workplaces across multiple countries in the region. They must appear on at least two national lists in Asia and the Middle East and have at least 1,000 employees worldwide with at least 40% (or 5,000) of those employees located outside the headquarters country.

Great Place To Work identifies Best Workplaces in Asia™ by surveying 2.1 million employees in Asia and the Middle East about the key factors that create great workplaces for all and analyzing company workplace programs impacting 5.9 million employees in the region.

To be considered, companies must first be identified as outstanding in their local region by appearing on one or more of our Best Workplaces lists in Bahrain, Greater China (including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, UAE, Vietnam during 2022 or early 2023.

Companies rank in three size categories: Small and Medium (10-499 employees); Large (500+); and Multinational. Multinational organizations are also assessed on their efforts to create great workplaces across multiple countries in the region. They must appear on at least two national lists in Asia and the Middle East and have at least 1,000 employees worldwide with at least 40% (or 5,000+) of those employees located outside the headquarters country.

For All™ Methodology

Great Place To Work, the global authority on workplace culture, determined the Philippines Best Workplaces™ 2023 List by conducting annual workforce studies through our Trust Index Survey™ and Culture Management platform Emprising®, representing the voices of over 450,000 employees across the Philippines.

Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a great place to work For All™, meaning that the company empowers all individuals to reach their full human potential. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report 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. We analyze these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce makeup, and what’s typical in their industry and region. The remainder of the evaluation is an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of the company’s values, people’s ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

To ensure surveys truly represent all employees, we require enough people in each organization to respond that results are accurate to a 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news, and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

For All™ Methodology

Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture, determined the Philippines Best Workplaces™ 2022 List by conducting annual workforce studies through our Trust Index Survey™ and Culture Management platform Emprising®, representing the voices of over 130,000 employees across the Philippines.

Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a great place to work For All™, meaning that the company empowers all individuals to reach their full human potential. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report 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. We analyze these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce makeup, and what’s typical in their industry and region. The remainder of the evaluation is an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of the company’s values, people’s ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

To ensure surveys truly represent all employees, we require enough people in each organization to respond that results are accurate to a 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news, and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

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These organizations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

  • Small 10-99 Employees

For larger organizations with more than 100 employees, we also use our Culture Audit™ tool, asking organizations to share with us their practices, policies, and programs to create a great workplace For All™ and evaluate the approach they take.

  • Medium 100-999 Employees
  • Large 1000+ Employees

Why do you say in one place your national list scoring is based on 85%/15% and in another place that it is 75%/25%?

We are explaining two different things:
1.  The criteria we evaluate

  •  85% concerned with Trust and Maximizing Human Potential and
  • 15% concerned with everything else

2.  Where the data comes from

  • 100% Trust Index for organizations with less than 100 employees
  • 75% based on the Trust Index survey analytics and 25% based on responses to the Culture Audit for organizations with more than 100 employees.
For All™ Methodology

Great Place To Work, the global authority on workplace culture, determined the Philippines Best Workplaces™ 2023 List by conducting annual workforce studies through our Trust Index Survey™ and Culture Management platform Emprising®, representing the voices of over 450,000 employees across the Philippines.

Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a great place to work For All™, meaning that the company empowers all individuals to reach their full human potential. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report 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. We analyze these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce makeup, and what’s typical in their industry and region. The remainder of the evaluation is an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of the company’s values, people’s ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

To ensure surveys truly represent all employees, we require enough people in each organization to respond that results are accurate to a 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news, and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

Categories:
These organizations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

  • Small 10-99 Employees

For larger organizations with more than 100 employees, we also use our Culture Audit™ tool, asking organizations to share with us their practices, policies, and programs to create a great workplace For All™ and evaluate the approach they take.

  • Medium 100-999 Employees
  • Large 1000+ Employees