Best companies to work for in Singapore 2019: Best work life balance
Work. You spend most of your waking hours there, and your employees see more of you than your family. For that reason, it is so important that you like the company you work for.
In this series, we explore the best companies to work for in Singapore in 2019. Whether it’s an incredible salary, unbelievable work-life balance or tempting employee welfare programmes, we delve into who you should be applying to the next time you switch jobs. Or if your comfortable in your position, which companies you should be benchmarking against next time you negotiate your package.
This time, we’re looking at work-life balance. We’ve all worked that job where you’re in the office until late, letting down your family and friends, before spending all weekend on your cell phone catching up on emails. And how many of us have checked in with the office from the sun lounger on holiday? Let all that be a thing of the past with the following companies who are renowned for their impressive work-life balance. We’ve used the HR Asia Awards 2019 Singapore Edition in conjunction with Glassdoor to get the low down on exactly what it’s like to work for these employers from the employees themselves.
If you’re in the chemical industry and looking for your next position, look no further than Borouge Pte Ltd. Manufacturing polyolefins, Borouge employs over 7000 people in their enormous operation.
If you look beyond their elegant offices, you will see an impressive dedication to employees and their development. Comfortable work stations mean the office feels more like home, and satisfying salaries make the work worthwhile. Meanwhile, employees are encouraged to earn their stripes through training and education programmes that allow them to climb the ladder steadily.
Work-life balance is their mainstay, thanks to flexible hours and a friendly approach to work. Although you will find yourself busy, a proactive mindset and excellent teamwork mean employees are able to leave their work behind come 5 pm.
Centurion Corporation Ltd manages worker and student accommodation across Singapore and Malaysia, but their properties extend as far as Australia, Korea, and the UK.
A relatively small firm employing only 200 people currently, they offer a raft of impressive benefits including bonuses, health, and dental care and medical insurance. But work-life balance is where they really excel, giving all employees a day off for their birthday as well as flexible working hours during their four-day working week. Imagine what you could do with that extra day off.
The HR department at Centurion sets a new standard for nurturing employees and bringing out the best in them. The department’s functionality is continually reviewed by manager Janice Lee, ensuring that improvement is constant. She knows that to grow a business, first you must grow the staff.
Their mission is to offer holistically managed, safe and comfortable accommodation to their customers, and this approach bleeds through into their treatment of employees. Respect, integrity, creativity, and excellence are the cornerstones of their business and their approach to work-life balance reflects this.
Based on Ubi Road in the heart of the city, your lunch breaks can be spent dining with friends or colleagues, playing sport or visiting a salon, the perfect way to rebalance your working day with a little leisure time.
A cigarette company that also makes e-cigarettes, British American Tobacco has an office in Singapore which excels when it comes to work-life balance.
As the tobacco industry changes rapidly, BAT is working hard to keep up with the latest trends and undergoing massive changes in the process. They value their staff, describing them as “future makers, industry leaders, and game changers” and are keen to prove it in the way they’re treated.
Staff welfare is a priority, and work-life balance is achieved by bringing life to work. The offices are equipped with a cafeteria, gym and a clinic so that your office hours aren’t solely spent working. That said, BAT is big advocates of working from home, which allows employees to seamlessly meld work and life and achieve that much sought after balance. They are happy to provide employees with a phone and laptop to facilitate this transition. You can also buy or sell an extra five days of annual leave per year.
Heineken Asia Pacific Pte Ltd is a famous lager company from the Netherlands. With over 10,000 global employees and a revenue of over £10 billion per year, they know a thing or two about work. But we’ve also discovered they do a great job of achieving work-life balance for their many Singaporean employees.
As well as an unrivalled holiday allowance, employees receive excellent sick pay and great pension rates. This allows employees to enjoy their time off, even if they are long term sick, and plan for a time when they will no longer be able to work. And you don’t get much more balanced than that as far as we’re concerned.
Whether it’s a birthday day off, a shorter working week or flexible working hours, these employers know that to keep the very best talent on board, you need to offer superior work-life balance. Armed with this information, we hope you feel able to set out and apply for a company that values a more holistic approach to life. Or that you can lobby your current employer to make positive changes that will impact not only your life but that of your family too.