The Aboitiz Group has won several awards recognizing the company as a great employer by illustrating outstanding employee engagement programs. Prestigious accolades have been awarded by the global awards organization Stevie® Awards.
The Group won the Gold Stevie® for Employer of the Year in the Conglomerates category and a Silver Stevie® for the achievement of employee engagement for its entry “Aboitiz Group: Leaders as Main Engines of a culture of positive engagement ”at the Stevie® 2021 Major Employer Awards.
“At the heart of our business are our people and it will always be our people. Their dedication and innovation allows us to remain focused on ensuring that our vital services remain available to all of our stakeholders, especially during difficult times, ”said Sabin M. Aboitiz, President and CEO of the Aboitiz Group. “These awards affirm the unwavering commitment of our A-People as we create for ourselves the kind of environment that allows individuals to thrive both in their careers and in their personal lives.”
Susan V. Valdez, Director of Human Resources and Director of Corporate Services at Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV), also highlighted the company’s first pivot towards the digitalization of various employee activities, which makes them has kept engaged and productive even in a virtual set. -up.
“With the pandemic underway, we had to quickly move all of our learning and development to the virtual space and the results showed that the adoption of our e-learning exceeded even pre-COVID physical classes. The first digital transformation has a lot to do with it, but more than that, it’s because we have an agile and engaged workforce that can quickly adapt to unexpected challenges and opportunities, ”said Valdez.
She also believes that taking care of the mental and psychosocial health of team members is critical to continued successful business results. “We believe that the key is to assure team members that their well-being is the top priority of the Aboitiz Group, no matter what. All of these are powerful engines for achieving our overall environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) goals.
Meanwhile, the Aboitiz group’s banking and finance subsidiary, Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), received a Silver Stevie® for Employer of the Year in the Bank category and a Bronze Stevie® for Michelle Rubio from UnionBank as Human Resources Director of the Year.
Designed as a way to improve public and investor confidence, the Stevie® Awards for Great Employers is an international business awards competition open to all organizations around the world. The awards recognize the best companies in the world to work for, as well as the HR teams, professionals, accomplishments, new products and suppliers who help create and foster great workplaces.
Judges Stevie were made up of over 100 esteemed professionals from around the world. Judges responsible for assessing said categories expressed admiration for the tenacity, resilience and ability of the century-old conglomerate to roll out new initiatives, as well as management’s proactive approach to employee engagement. “The commitment of your CEO is admirable and impactful,” said one of the judges.
Another judge praised the company, saying: “Great initiatives with the CEO, such as SuperDuperCon town hall meetings, Welcome A-board, close-up sessions to give opportunities to increase awareness, comfort and psychological safety throughout the company. Very well done!”
The “SuperDuperCon” sessions are regular Group-wide virtual discussions, moderated by the CEO of the Group himself. During the sessions, he shares updates on the Group’s orientations and topics relevant to employees. Along with the updates, the heart of every SuperDuperCon is a live question-and-answer session where all team members can participate by asking questions or providing feedback in real time.
In addition, to cultivate a culture of open communication and courageous authenticity from the start of an Aboitiz employee’s journey, newly hired team members are invited to “Welcome A-board”, a meeting session. and personal discussion with the CEO of the group. Through this session, they are introduced to the Aboitiz Way, a synthesis of the culture and values of the Group.
“UpClose with SMA” are breakout sessions that provide other team members and leaders from different business units the opportunity to connect and get to know the group CEO, Sabin Aboitiz. In these sessions, everyone has the opportunity to learn from each other by giving feedback and sharing ideas.
Among the many initiatives of the Aboitiz Group to personally and professionally support its A-people, include the roll-out of vaccination for all members of its team, the expansion of health care coverage to include LGBTQ + and common law partners. of employees, and a plethora of learning and development opportunities offered through LinkedIn Learning and other similar programs.
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