Sime Darby rolls out Workday to streamline HR across APAC

Sime Darby Berhad has successfully deployed Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) in six countries across Asia-Pacific region, to streamline and simplify over 100 processes and systems at the group level.

Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, South Korea, Japan, and the Maldives are now live on Workday HCM with a further 13 countries being progressively rolled out.

With operations across APAC and a workforce of approximately 22,000 employees, the multinational needs an agile, holistic HR system that provides a complete overview of employee data and transactions anytime, and from anywhere to support its global growth strategy. 

The company was looking for a solution to replace complex legacy systems and provide real-time data to help enable efficient decision making.

By shifting to a cloud-first approach on a unified system that includes Workday Journeys, Workday Payroll, and Workday Cloud Connect for Learning, Sime Darby is streamlining business processes to enhance employee experience and facilitate employee collaboration across its various divisions and at all levels.

Employees are now able to easily access multiple HR systems and functions, including leave applications, pay slips, and online learning courses from the convenience of their personal mobile devices or laptops. In addition, managers can leverage real-time data analytics to make smarter, more informed decisions regarding talent management.

Sime Darby has set out to effectively transform its human capital systems through a phased approach that strives to enable a better employee experience as part of a positively engaged workforce.

Roselaini Faiz, Sime Darby chief human resources officer, said they teamed up with Workday as they continued to deliver on their five-year Value Creation Plan. 

“With the power of technology, we strive to create a collaborative and immersive organisational culture where all our employees are empowered to thrive in their roles,” said Faiz.

Sandeep Sharma, Workday president in Asia, said organisations need to build greater business agility, so they can adapt quickly to unforeseen changes, as they face the headwinds of a distributed workforce today.

“With an optimised talent management agenda in place, Sime Darby employees are also well-equipped to navigate the opportunities and challenges in their transformation to become a future-ready workforce,” said Sharma.