Tag Archives: APAC

Cutting-Edge Change

How new technologies are revolutionising HR in an Asian icon.

By Michael Switow

Shirley Fong is the vice president of human resources at Li & Fung, a trading company that started from very humble beginnings exporting Chinese porcelain and silk and which now operates one of the most world’s extensive supply chains. The company employs some 17,000 people in more than 230 offices across 40 markets.

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What’s Your EVP?

Communicating EVP

Strategies to develop and communicate a compelling employee value proposition.

By Michael Switow

In the early 2000s, not long after Kenexa (now part of IBM) launched a development and recruiting centre in an office park in Hyderabad, India, a new building rose quickly nearby. As workers uncrated the sign, the then Kenexa COO Elliot Clark had a shock. One of the world’s largest, most resourceful technology companies was setting up shop.

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Will Unemployment Rates Continue to Fall?

Global Unemployment Report

Organizations are faced with a precarious worldwide economic environment and tight labor market in the first quarter of 2019.

By Larry Basinait

Coming off a strong year in 2018 where unemployment continued to fall in many countries, global growth in the first quarter of 2019 declined. The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for global growth to 3.3 percent this year, the lowest since the financial crisis of 2009. A range of threats are menacing the global economy, including the possible collapse of negotiations between the U.S. and China to end their trade war and the departure of Britain from the European Union without a transition agreement.

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Increasing Equality

Gender Equality

Progress may be slow, but organisations are finding success with programmes that promote gender inclusion.

By Michael Switow

When Aliza Knox, a tech industry veteran with a track record of growing global brands in Asia-Pacific, applied for a job with the content delivery network Cloudflare, she did her homework. She went to the company’s website and came across a day-long forum it had sponsored. What struck her was that almost every discussion had at least one woman on the panel. There was even a session with two female professionals and no men—a rarity in an industry that is 80 per cent male.

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Critical Considerations

India Economy

Four factors impacting talent and hiring in the world’s fastest-growing economy.

By Michael Switow

Confused about the state of the India’s economy? The planet’s largest democracy is the fastest-growing major economy, with 2019-2020 fiscal year GDP growth expected to clock in between 6.8 and 7.3 per cent. But growth is starting to slow with government deficits rising and unemployment reportedly running at 6.1 per cent, a 45-year high (although Delhi has disavowed the statistic).

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Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurial Talent

Fostering innovation and growth comes down to one thing: culture.

By Michael Switow

Guest lecturers in a Singapore classroom—it doesn’t matter if it’s a secondary school or tertiary institution, a large assembly or a small group—will find that hands are often slow to rise when it’s time to ask questions. The same is true in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.

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Editor’s Note: Making Pay Equity Stack Up

By Debbie Bolla

Pay transparency has been making headlines in recent months—and is a good reason our Editor-at-Large Michael Switow reports on the progress of gender inclusion in organisations across the APAC region in Increasing Equality.

Pay transparency was also named one of 2019’s top four trends by this year’s LinkedIn Global Talent Trends survey. In fact, the survey found that 53 per cent of talent professionals rate it as very important trend to the future of HR and recruiting. Breaking down the feedback from more than 5,000 professionals in 35 countries further, the survey shows the importance of pay transparency by geography:

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From Quantity to Quality

Market pressures are shifting how China-based organisations recruit.

By Michael Switow

Despite a cloud of uncertainty hanging over Sino-U.S. relations resulting from more than a year of escalating tariffs, trade tensions, and technology spats, recruiters in China are bullish about the year ahead. Even signs of a slowing economy are not dampening sentiment, though many companies are clearly becoming more conservative.

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