It's the most wonderful time of the year - also a time for us to look back at the past 12 months, and reflect on all the interviews we've done with HR leaders from across industries. We've had so many interesting, enlightening and thought-provoking conversations that we've proudly presented here.
In this special bulletin, we present to you our top 10 HR long-reads across Southeast Asia for 2019. These are the most-read articles that were exclusive to our print magazine that our readers really enjoyed.
Grab a bite of your toast and your choice of perk-me-up, and enjoy the reading!
Note: Click on each image or the links to read more on each story.
1. The most in-demand skills of the future – and how to teach them
With an increased focus on upskilling in recent years, Jerene Ang speaks to HR leaders from across Asia to analyse how they are teaching the competencies in the highest demand and, in the process, overcoming various learning challenges.
Companies featured: Digi Telecommunications, HSBC Singapore, Mah Sing Group, MKH, RHB Banking Group, The Continent Hotel, Bangkok, by Compass Hospitality, and VFS Global
2. Goodbye, work-life balance; Hello, work-life harmony
In this special feature, we share the views of four demographics from Go-Ahead Singapore and foodpanda– employers, line managers, Millennials and working parents – on what integrating work and life truly means to them.
3. Artificial intelligence, genuine results
Technology has fast become a buzzword for HR, posing challenges yet creating opportunities. Priya Sunil speaks to recruitment leaders across a range of organisations to uncover real-time cases of how AI, machine learning and other tech platforms are disrupting talent acquisition.
Companies featured: Credit Suisse, DBS Bank, PwC Malaysia, Tele-centre Services, and Global HR Consultant Cordero Davis
4. Interview with Shiseido Asia Pacific and Shiseido Travel Retail's VP HR
In this exclusive with Jerene Ang, Roselin Lee, Vice President, HR, Shiseido Asia Pacific, reveals HR's role in the journey of transforming the 147-year-old Japanese organisation into a modern and diverse business.
5. Creating magic using rewards and recognition
Just like you need both hands to clap, companies need both rewards and recognition working in tandem to engage and motivate employees. Jerene Ang showcases case studies from organisations that have mastered this two-pronged approach.
Companies featured: Canon Singapore, FOREFRONT International (Malaysia), Heraeus Asia Pacific Holding, HP Inc, Intel Wise, TAFEP, The Esplanade Co, and Leah Donovan, an Australia-based senior HR executive
6. Treading uncharted territory: Tools for today’s L&D practitioners
"Toto, I’ve a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," gasped Dorothy in the iconic movie, The Wizard of Oz. The same is true for HR and L&D experts who, faced with an ever-changing business terrain, are unearthing new ways to engage, reskill and upskill employees. Aditi Sharma Kalra reports.
Companies featured: DBS Bank, Essence, MoEngage, McCann Worldgroup Singapore, Societe Generale, and Vinda Group
7. Interview with LIXIL's Asia Pacific CHRO
In this exclusive with Human Resources Online, Angie Ng, LIXIL’s Asia Pacific CHRO, details the crucial role HR played in bringing synergy to various business integrations.
8. Perception vs reality: Ensuring employer branding reflects what you want
Jerene Ang analyses how organisations, including Amgen, Circles.Life, and PayPal Innovation Lab, put together an employer brand that accurately reflects their core values and culture.
9. Q&A: Norlida Azmi, Country Head of HR, HSBC Malaysia
In a traditionally male-dominated industry, see how Norlida Azmi, Country Head of HR, HSBC Malaysia, is building an all-inclusive firm by empowering women leaders, in this exclusive interview with Priya Sunil.
10. Off the beaten track: Unconventional training approaches
While Essilor International has trained its internal HR team through consulting for an external project, Starbucks Singapore is making six-month sabbaticals the norm. Aditi Sharma Kalra tells the stories of how these organisations take a refreshing approach towards L&D.