The focus on employees makes it 'greater than'
By Chris de Pio Sanchez
Gone are the days when companies focused solely on productivity and output. Today’s firms still care very much about results and the bottom line, but they also strive to help employees achieve health and happiness.
Top global professional services company Accenture is a leading proponent of this way of thinking and operating, and, as such, stands out both locally and internationally.
Accenture, of course, needs little introduction. A true global firm, it offers an expansive range of service and solutions in consulting, digital, operations, strategy, and technology across more than 40 industries and all business functions.
In place since 1985, Accenture in the Philippines is one of the largest of the company’s global nodes. Currently, it maintains approximately 45,000 professionals across its locations in Metro Manila and Cebu - the third largest Accenture geography worldwide.
People form the 'heart'
According to Lito Tayag, Country Managing Director, Accenture in the Philippines, Accenture’s focus on employee happiness is underpinned by how it sees its people--which, says he, are no less than its best asset.
The company encourages its people to “Be Greater Than”--to pursue their passions and be excellent at work and in life. In this vein, Accenture works very hard to ensure that its people have rich and rewarding experiences.
To this end, Tayag says, the company focuses on a combination of key elements, including workplace environment, culture, brand, diversity, leadership development, training, recognition and total rewards. The work Accenture’s people do for clients, the people they work with, and personal aspirations are also given due consideration.
Tayag references Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme, who, during a past visit to the Philippine office, referred to Accenture in the Philippines as the “heart” of Accenture itself. By ensuring that it offers employees the best career experience, the company works to keep that “heart” of Accenture alive and beating.
To focus on these disparate elements, Accenture undertakes a holistic approach to employee health and wellness. The company, Tayag explains, offers employee benefits that include services like premium healthcare and annual physical exams. Accenture also maintains gym facilities in select locations and also organizes events like fun runs and sportsfests.
At the heart of the company’s health and wellness programs, says Tayag, lie the Accenture Communities--a host of employee-run organizations or clubs catering to the diverse interests of the company’s employees, from sports to the arts.
These Communities function as venues for employees to network and to support their disparate interests. They leverage the company’s social media platforms and online assets to disseminate information and engage employees.
Tayag underscores that these organizations are run by employees themselves, which sets Accenture apart in the industry. Furthermore, he adds, this degree of employee involvement engenders a high level of engagement among employees, as they are able to integrate parts of their personal lives in their professional lives.
Results speak for themselves
Accenture’s holistic, people-focused perspective is paying off. According to Tayag, the company takes pride in its excellent reputation for caring for its people.
Accenture, says Tayag, has been consistently recognized as a top employer by both industry and government. He mentions Forbes.com, which itself cited fulfillment-focused job search site CareerBliss--it named Accenture one of the happiest companies to work for in 2015.
But far be it for Accenture Philippines to rest on these considerable laurels. It continues to find ways to make its already extensive health and wellness programs even better and more beneficial for its employees and to deepen their impact.
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