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Great Workforce, Great Workplace

Great Workforce, Great Workplace: A Reflection on Leadership

Having had the privilege of working at the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM), I was deeply immersed in a culture that embraced a powerful vision – “A Great Workforce, A Great Workplace.”

As I reflect on this guiding principle, I’m inspired to share its profound relevance in today’s leadership landscape.

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In essence, the vision encapsulates the symbiotic relationship between the workforce and the workplace.

It underscores the idea that a truly thriving organisation is one where both elements are nurtured, supported, and given the tools to flourish.

Nurturing A Great Workforce

A great workforce isn’t just about numbers and skills; it’s about individuals empowered to reach their full potential. MOM’s vision has been recognising the importance of continuous learning, skill development, and employee well-being.

In today’s fast-paced world, leaders must invest in their people, providing avenues for growth and fostering a culture of innovation.

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Empathy, understanding, and inclusivity are key ingredients in creating a workforce that feels valued.

As leaders, our role extends beyond the boardroom – it’s about understanding the aspirations and challenges of each team member, creating an environment where diversity is celebrated, and where everyone has a seat at the table.

Cultivating A Great Workplace

A great workplace is more than just the physical space; it’s an environment that promotes collaboration, creativity, and a sense of purpose.

MOM’s vision encourages leaders to view the workplace holistically – from ergonomic designs to fostering a culture of open communication.

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Flexibility and adaptability are integral in today’s workplace dynamics. Remote work, flexible schedules, and the integration of technology are no longer trends but necessities. Leaders must champion agility, ensuring that the workplace is dynamic enough to meet the evolving needs of the workofrce.

The Leadership Imperative

For leaders today, “A Great Workforce, A Great Workplace” is a call to action. It means embracing a leadership style that is visionary, empathetic, and adaptive.

It means understanding that investing in people is not just a good practice; it’s a strategic imperative.

In my time at MOM, I witnessed firsthand the positive impact of aligning leadership practices with this vision.

It’s not just a tagline; it’s a philosophy that propels organisations towards excellence, creating a virtuous cycle where a great workforce contributes to making the workplace even greater.

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Let’s take this vision beyond rhetoric – let’s embody it in our leadership, creating workplaces where individuals thrive, and organisations flourish.

Together, we can turn the vision of “A Great Workforce, A Great Workplace” into a reality that transforms not just organisations but the lives of those who power them.

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Amy BC Tan

Amy is the Executive Director at the Centre of Organisational Effectiveness (COE Pte Ltd). She has more than 20 years of experience in human resource management and organisational development in various industries.

She has held senior leadership positions with Nokia, Aon, Ministry of Manpower and Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee. She has led the transformation of the HR functions and several organisational development initiatives for multiple organisations.

Amy is also trained in Creative Problem Solving and certified as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, an accredited practitioner in executive coaching and psychological instruments such as MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator®), DiSC, Harrison Assessment and Belbin Team Roles.

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