Havas Singapore, the integrated regional hub of Havas in APAC, which includes Havas Media, Arena Media, BLKJ Havas, Red Havas and Socialyse, has been recognized as a Great Place To Work. This prestigious certification reflects the vibrant culture fostered within the agency and stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to providing an exceptional work environment for all our employees.
As an integral part of a network deeply devoted to cultivating a culture where diverse voices and perspectives are embraced and valued, Havas Singapore has been committed to making a meaningful difference through supporting its people by finding ways to nurture and help them evolve successfully in a healthy, positive, and inspiring work environment.
Several factors have played a pivotal role in Havas Singapore’s attainment of this certification. These include:
• Strong Consensus on Inclusivity: A significant number of employees have expressed agreement that the leadership team consistently promotes inclusivity throughout the agency.
• Emphasis on Continuous Learning: Havas Singapore recognizes that the agency places a strong emphasis on providing opportunities for continuous learning and upskilling, fostering both professional and personal development.
• Open and Supportive Communication: Most employees believe that the leadership team actively encourages and supports open communication, fostering a culture of transparency and collaboration.
Transparency is key in building a sustainable healthy work environment, Havas Singapore has dedicated to providing safe channels like the HAVASay survey, an annual group-level survey that allows employees to provide feedback anonymously. This not only ensures that employees’ voices are heard, but also establishes a secure channel for the expression of genuine concerns and suggestions for improvement. In addition, the agency has adopted an open-door policy, and an open-concept office layout that encourages cross-level and cross-functional communication, fostering a culture of transparency, trust, and mutual understanding.
Prioritizing mental well-being, the agency introduced the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that offers confidential professional counselling available 24/7, providing comprehensive support to employees and their families.
To ensure employees stay relevant in this dynamic industry, a comprehensive suite of Learning and Development (L&D) programs tailored to support employees’ growth across functions and levels has been implemented. Through Havas Academy, technical upskilling modules and core competency training are provided, ensuring employees remain adept with the skills and industry insights essential for their roles.
Moreover, Havas employees actively engage in a range of group-wide training initiatives and mobility opportunities. These include Havas Emerge, a six-month program that readies emerging leaders for managerial roles; Femmes Forward, designed to empower senior women leaders and accelerate their careers; Femmes Forward Academy, a virtual learning platform for mid-career women; NextGen, a year-long program grooming high-potential employees for leadership positions; and Loft-Flex, an internal swap program. Additionally, Havas University, the agency’s proprietary educational platform, grants employees continuous access to learning resources.
With a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), the agency has made remarkable strides in achieving gender equity, resulting in over 75% of employees and 68% of managers being female. Havas Singapore has wholeheartedly embraced individuality and diversity, actively championing the unique personalities, perspectives, and passions of all employees. The goal is to foster a culture devoid of discrimination, one that encourages and respects diverse voices and viewpoints.
The commitment to making a meaningful difference extends not just to within the organization but is intentionally embedded within the industries and communities served. From supporting and providing resources for employees to pursue their personal passions to collaborating with welfare organizations to raise funds for charitable causes, to mentoring the next generation to provide insights into the world of advertising and advocating for causes that positively influence the environment — Havas Singapore’s commitment remains steadfast.
Annie Teo (pictured), Director of Culture and Talent, said: “Havas Singapore’s relentless pursuit of excellence is mirrored in our holistic approach to employee well-being, professional advancement, and fostering a discrimination-free workplace. As we proudly celebrate achieving the Great Place To Work® Certification™, our unwavering dedication stands in alignment with Havas’ overarching mission, emphasizing our role in bringing positive change to brands, communities, and individuals we engage with.”
Havas Singapore’s dedication to nurturing an inclusive workplace and providing equal opportunities remains unwavering, aligning seamlessly with Havas’ mission of making a meaningful difference to the brands, communities, and people we work with.
Great Place To Work® is the globally acclaimed authority on cultivating and recognizing workplace cultures characterized by high trust and high performance. Through an in-depth evaluation process based on employee-validated surveys, Great Place To Work® acknowledges organizations that excel in fostering outstanding workplaces.