Bangkok, 9 December 2021 – Microsoft (Thailand) Limited has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Asia by HR Asia for three consecutive years. The company has also been chosen as the winner of the Gender-Inclusive Workplace category of the UN Women 2021 Thailand WEPs Awards. Both recognitions emphasize Microsoft’s commitment to cultivate an open working environment that provides inclusive opportunities for all employees, shows empathy and understanding for varied opinions and mindsets, and inspires innovations founded on diverse perspectives and well-rounded facts for the benefit of the organization as well as individual employees.
Mr. Dhanawat Suthumpun, Managing Director, Microsoft (Thailand), said, “These two awards highlight the power of diversity and inclusion as well as empathy, all of which are key principles that Microsoft has embraced – both as an innovator driving our world forward and an employer that contributes to Thai society and global communities. I would like to dedicate both awards to all my colleagues at Microsoft who helped create this great space to work, learn, and grow together as One Microsoft – all while continuing to do so much to empower our customers and partners even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the year.”
HR Asia’s “Best Companies to Work for in Asia” award winners were determined based on a survey of employees, who were asked to give affirmative statements about their employers, as well as rulings by a distinguished panel of judges and academic professors from leading universities across Asia using the Total Engagement Assessment Model (T.E.A.M.). The model focuses on 3 areas of employee engagement:
- Collective Organization for Real Engagement (CORE)– culture and ethics, leadership and organization, and active initiative
- Self: Heart, Mind and Soul– emotional engagement (heart), intention & motivation (mind), and behavior & advocacy (soul)
- Group: Think, Feel and Do– collective consciousness (think), workplace sentiment (mind), and team dynamics (do)
UN Women 2021 Thailand WEPs Awards are hosted by UN Women and the European Union (EU) and represent the inaugural edition of the WEPs Awards in Thailand. The awards highlight the role and impact of private companies in driving gender equality in the business sector through the adoption of Women’s Empowerment Principles – a 7-point guideline to drive women’s potential in the business world and encourage gender equality to ultimately achieve sustainable business and economic growth.
Dhanawat added: “At Microsoft, diversity and inclusion lie at the heart of our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet. This commitment is reflected through our open work environment where everyone is encouraged to express their opinions and themselves as they are. We have established an internal committee to address Diversity & Inclusion, while our policies and benefits are crafted to meet the diverse needs of our employees – including supporting new moms with nursing rooms, allowing female employees to take a maternity leave longer than the legal entitlement, and giving permission to male employees to take paternity leave to care for their children too. We are also putting effort into many other projects and activities to ensure equal opportunity, mental and physical well-being, and personal development for each and every employee.”