Singapore’s best workplaces for 2018, according to Great Place To Work

Some 13 companies in total were named Singapore’s Best Workplaces for 2018, at the annual Great Place to Work Awards.
By: | November 8, 2018

Salesforce and Intuit have emerged as Singapore’s Best Workplaces, topping this year’s list for Medium and Large Organisations, and Small Organisations, respectively.

The list recognises 13 organisations with most exceptional people and workplace culture practices. It is published annually by Great Place To Work (GPTW).

This year, GPTW collaborated with the Singapore Management University (SMU) to conduct the underlying research study – in which more than 400,000 employees, across 800 organisations in the Asia-Pacific, participated.

The list-makers were announced yesterday at the Great Place to Work (GPTW) Awards Ceremony, graced by guests-of-honour, Josephine Teo, Singapore’s Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs, and Zaqy Mohamad, Minister of State for both the Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Manpower.

“These organisations create and sustain high-trust, high-performing workplace cultures.  They show us that an inclusive, encouraging workplace is possible, regardless of company size and industry,” said Zaqy.

“Their efforts are especially laudable given the many challenges our modern workforce and businesses face today.”

“Given the amount of time we spend at work, we should encourage more employers to foster workplaces that motivate employees to learn at work, through work, and for work,” he added.

“We are delighted to see a wide range of industries represented among this year’s list of Singapore’s Best Workplaces, and we hope that their remarkable efforts and achievements will inspire more companies to initiate and drive positive culture change,” said Evelyn Kwek, Managing Director of the GPTW Institute Singapore.


Winners for 2018 Singapore Best Workplaces

Medium and Large Organisations

  1. Salesforce
  2. Royal Plaza on Scotts
  3. Cisco
  4. Zendesk Singapore Pte Ltd
  5. SAP Asia Pte Ltd
  6. DHL Express (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
  7. Shalom International Movers Pte Ltd
  8. Mastercard
  9. FireEye
  10. Adecco Personnel

Small Organisations

  1. Intuit Singapore Pte Ltd
  2. Stryker Singapore Pte Ltd (ASEAN)
  3. Hays Specialist Recruitment Pte Ltd Singapore


The combined power of psychological safety and teamwork

Great Place To Work 2018 – Asia Insights Report. Read it here!

The research study by GPTW and SMU revealed that across Asia Pacific organisations, there is a clear and positive link between high levels of ‘psychological safety’ and a strong teamwork culture that contributes to organisational, operational and business outcomes.

The GPTW survey defines ‘psychological safety’ in terms of employees’ perceptions of a mentally and emotionally healthy workplace, and of leaders’ ability to recognise and accept honest mistakes.

“Studies have shown that a sense of psychological safety drives people to contribute more, take more risks and perform better as a team,” said Richard Smith, Professor of Strategic Management, and Deputy Dean for the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, at SMU.

Notably, 92% of employees who believed that their company was a great place to work, also rated their organisation high in psychological safety.

The research further suggests that the following drivers will be key to building a strong culture of teamwork: behavioural integrity from leadership, organisational support, and healthy relationship networks.