Microsoft Thailand receives HR Asia Best Company to Work for Award

 |   Thornthawat Thongnab

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Reflecting Microsoft’s 4 key HR strategies: One Microsoft, diversity and inclusion, encouraging lifelong learning and comprehensive care for employees

Bangkok, 23 August 2019 – Microsoft (Thailand) Limited was recently named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2019 by HR Asia in a ceremony organized for the first time in Thailand. The award was received by Mr. Dhanawat Suthumpun, Managing Director, Microsoft (Thailand) at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse.

Mr. Dhanawat Suthumpun, Managing Director, Microsoft (Thailand), said “On behalf of Microsoft Thailand, I’m very glad and honored to receive this prestigious award. I truly believe that the achievement comes from our management team and all of our employees. One of the key factors contributing to a company’s success in the digital era is talent, which is something Microsoft holds in the highest regard. We bring out the maximum potential in our employees, support them as they work toward their goals, and help them find meaning in the work they do. We are also committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion within our organization, which empowers them to create new products and services to help everyone and every organization on this planet to achieve more.”

Ms. Chutima Sribumrungsart, Country HR Lead, Microsoft (Thailand), said: “Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on this planet to achieve more. And it also reflects my personal inspiration as an HR professional at Microsoft Thailand, which is to give our employees the means to empower other people. This goal has helped me drive and support our employees all along until we received this award. We have supported them across many dimensions including creating an agile workplace environment where they can go beyond their job descriptions for their personal growth and achieve a higher quality of work and put the new world of work into real practice, help them realize the meaning of teamwork to drive the company’s success and encourage them to take more ownership of the jobs they are assigned to do. They are evaluated on their impact using 3 circles criteria including their achievements, contributions, learning from others and build on for greater impact, and support other to success.  I believe that our employees are the key to driving our company creatively and limitlessly. The award we received today also serves as a proof of our success in putting our policies to the best use in terms of our support in learning, which in turn reflects our employees’ satisfaction and had led to our being recognized with this award.”

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Ms. Arpaporn Skunkittiyut, Cloud Solutions Architect and Data Scientist, a dedicated Microsoft (Thailand) employee who joined the company well into her third trimester of pregnancy, said: “I started working at Microsoft when I was 7-and-a-half months pregnant. I was quite worried at first because I assumed that most large organizations would be reluctant to hire employees needing to take maternity leave during their first few months. But Microsoft is different. The company focuses more on the potential of an individual than other conditions. So, I was given an opportunity to be a part of the team and take 5 months maternity leave on full pay after being with the company for just one month. I would like to thank Microsoft for seeing my potential and giving me this opportunity. When I came back to work, I got to experience a flexible environment that enables me to work from anywhere so that I can put my efforts into work no matter where I am and manage my time effectively at the same time. I recently received the Microsoft Platinum Award as an Outstanding Achiever for my performance in supporting clients on their path to success by recommending optimal solutions for them, meaning that their success is another step on my road to career development.”

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Mr. Supawit Ket-udom, Account Technology Strategist, a 25-year-old employee who was an intern at Microsoft Thailand as part of the Microsoft Academy of College Hires (MACH) program before becoming a full-time employee at the company, said: “Before I joined Microsoft, I studied computer engineering and worked part-time to earn experience and practice my technical skills. I wanted to try a client-facing role and Microsoft has given me the opportunity to learn and gain a whole new experience. I get to learn from my colleagues who are experienced and talented. We work closely as a team and we think of success as a team as well. That is why we can offer well-rounded solutions to our clients. Besides, I get to learn new skills all the time by taking on work beyond my position. I see Microsoft as a source of knowledge that always embraces people to learn. I believe that new generation individuals who like me want to work in a global tech company can make their dreams happen by always being ready and open to learning new things. Microsoft is a company that teaches us to always be ready for change, allows us to work in a flexible and open environment and focuses on the capabilities of each employee. This will help open doors so that we can reach our full potential and develop our careers.”

HR Asia Best Company to Work for in Asia award winners were selected based on a survey of employees who were asked to give affirmative statements about their employers using the Total Engagement Assessment Model (T.E.A.M.) that focuses on 3 areas of employee engagement:

  1. Collective Organization for Real Engagement (CORE) – culture and ethics, leadership and organization, and active initiative
  2. Self: Heart, Mind and Soul – emotional engagement (heart), intention & motivation (mind), and behavior & advocacy (soul)
  3. Group: Think, Feel and Do – collective consciousness (think), workplace sentiment (mind), and team dynamics (do)