Being a good employer pays off in many ways. For a start, it makes happy employees and that is essential to meet long-term objectives in any business.
The Sunway Group has done well on that score – three of its subsidiaries recently won awards for being top employers. The three – Sunway Building Materials Group, Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Shared Services – each won an Aon Best Employer Malaysia 2018 commendation.
In fact, the group took home three of the 14 awards up for grabs this year, the first time in a decade that any company has won that many awards.
Sunway Buildings Materials CEO Danny Ng, Sunway Hotel Georgetown general manager Prakash Kumaran, and Kevin Khoo, who is Sunway Shared Services director of IT as well as Sunway Group chief information officer, received the awards on behalf of their respective divisions.
Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah attributes the recognition to the group’s passion for making an impact on people’s lives, including that of its stakeholders such as the community, the nation and most of all the employees “in extraordinary ways”.
“We are humbled and honoured by this commendation. It is a testament to our efforts to enhance our talent development programme with the objective to retain and enhance our people’s capabilities,” he adds.
“As a leading Malaysian conglomerate, we have highly diversified businesses and each division operates independently,” he adds. “We strive for excellence in everything we do – from delivering quality products to developing our most important asset, which is our people. We give them the right skill sets to enable them to assume leadership roles while ensuring work-life balance.”
Aon, a leading global provider of professional services, offers a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. It has a presence in 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
Its Best Employers accolades – now in its 18th year – is its flagship programme, aimed at improving employee-engagement, leadership effectiveness, employer brand and culture to drive performance.
Prashant Chadha, the managing director for talents, rewards and performance at Aon Malaysia and the Philippines, says the fact that many of those attending this year’s awards ceremony are not from the human resource department shows that more people are now committed to developing talent to achieve better performance.