People & Human Resources

Aussie SMEs dominate best places to work in Asia thanks to their ‘high-trust cultures’

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Australian SMEs have dominated a list of Asia’s best small and medium workplaces, produced by Great Places to Work.

Each year, the same research institute produces lists of the best places to work in Australia, but local firms are also standing out in the broader Asian region.

Of the 25 companies listed in this year’s ‘Best Small and Medium Workplaces in Asia’ list, 16 of them are Australian, accounting for 64% of the entire list.  

The list recognises organisations all over the Asia region and judges each based on their dedication to sustaining high-trust cultures for their employees. The list focuses on workplaces that produce an extraordinary level of trust, pride and camaraderie.

Businesses on this year’s list come from a number of different sectors, including accounting, IT, physiotherapy and retail. 

Australian small businesses are no stranger to the Best Small and Medium Businesses in Asia list, collecting 14 of a possible 25 nominations in 2017. 

The Australian businesses included in this year’s list, and their number of employees, are:

Avenue Digital (56 employees)

Canva (91 employees)

Insentra (65 employees)

Stackla (35 employees)

Birdsnest (131 employees)

Nous Group (258 employees)

Mexia (43 employees)

The BlueRock Group (119 employees)

Cobild (47 employees)

The Physio Co (104 employees)

Zinc (45 employees)

Bluefinn Resources (57 employees)

Summit Homes Group (321 employees)

Atlis Consulting (74 employees)

4mations Technology (75 employees)

The Works (61 employees).

NOW READ: Here are the 50 best places to work in Australia

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Benjamin Savona

Benjamin Savona is a former SmartCompany journalist.

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