BANGKOK, THAILAND--(Marketwired - Nov 5, 2015) - Today Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), and global leader in human resources consulting and outsourcing solutions, and Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University held a media briefing to launch the 8th annual Best Employers - Thailand 2016 Program at Sasin Royal Hall, Chulalongkorn University. Guest of Honour Mrs. Vilasinee Puddhikarant, Chief Customer Officer of Advanced Info Service (AIS) shared the experiences that led to AIS becoming a Best Employer in Thailand for the second consecutive year.

Professor Dipak C. Jain, PhD, Director of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, shared insights on the 15 years of collaboration/partnership between Sasin and Aon Hewitt on the Aon Best Employers - Thailand program. Professor Jain said: "The partnership of the two organisations reflects the alignment of Sasin's role as a world class educational institution in modern Business Management and Human Resources Management, and the position of Aon Hewitt as a global leader in HR Consulting".

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siriyupa Roongrerngsuke, Director - HRM Program, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University and Honorary Research Fellow in HRM and Leadership of Birkbeck College, University of London shared her experience as a chairman of the judging panel in the Best Employers program :"One of the major reasons that Sasin decided to partner with Aon Hewitt in conducting the Best Employers program in Thailand for more than a decade is our devotion to the academic excellence in Human Resources studies. We focus on the accuracy of the research methodology, and the 360-degree data collection from CEO, HR unit, and employees. Besides the very strict research methodology, the judging members have extensive knowledge and experience in different management functions."

Dr Adisak Chandprapalert, Managing Director of Aon Hewitt Thailand, discussed the relevance of the Best Employers program to the business community, especially to those in the human resources field. He said: "This annual study highlights the human resources-related factors that can expand an organisation's capabilities and its ability to gain a sustainable business advantage on a journey to become a Best Employer that every employee would like to work for. This program aligns with Aon Hewitt's vision of empowering organisations and individuals to secure a better future through innovative human capital solutions". In his remarks at the media briefing, Dr Adisak focused on the "challenges facing modern CEOs and the in-depth key findings from the Best Employers - 2015 Program".

According to Best Employer's research, CEOs in Thailand believe that critical skill shortages, rising salaries, and an inadequate leadership pipeline present the top human resources challenges."The organisations that have been recognised as Best Employers are more ready in all aspects of human resources management. They exhibit high employee engagement, a compelling employer brand, effective leadership, and a high-performance culture -- all are important factors that create sustainable business growth."

Ms. Jutharat Winitchaiyanan, Best Employers 2016 Project Manager at Aon Hewitt Thailand, said, "The Best Employers study demonstrates that the HR department is an important mechanism that drives the organisation towards success." This perspective aligns with the findings from 400 CEOs in Asia and underscores the strategic importance of the HR role in business. Moreover, Ms Jutharat revealed that the key to the success of every Best Employer is based on HR's active role in business development in

(1) determining the HR strategy in relation to other business functions;
(2) the alignment of different stakeholders through strong communication and action planning; and
(3), placing great emphasis on work process by benchmarking with external organisations and prioritising the work results.

The Best Employers program results demonstrates that companies recognised as Best Employers have better business outcomes compared to other organisations in both revenue and profit. Therefore, HR is no longer limited to simply "managing human capital"; it exerts a clear impact on business outcomes.

Mrs. Vilasinee Puddhikarant, Chief Customer Officer of AIS, recognised as a Best Employer for two consecutive years, said: "I am proud that the employees of Advance Contact Centre (ACC) love and understand the organisation. They don't work because they have to, but rather because they are engaged with the organisation. This is reflected in our Best Employers' award."

Ms. Jutharat Winitchaiyanan commented, "Many organisations are concerned about participating in the Best Employers program because they look on it as a competition. Therefore, they say they will participate only when they feel ready. But in fact, their level of readiness will be enhanced by active participation in Best Employers. The decision to participate in the Best Employers program marks the start of the journey toward becoming a Best Employer."

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