SINGAPORE (Mar 12): It is 8.30am on a Friday and HRnetGroup executive director Adeline Sim and her colleagues are gathered in the lobby of their office for a traditional Chinese exercise routine called ba duan jin, or “eight brocades”. Among the moves are standing with arms outstretched as though shooting an arrow, followed by punches into the air accompanied by quick, loud shouts. After the exercise, they close their eyes in meditation for a few minutes. This is followed by a recitation of the company’s “affirmation statement”, which includes striving for happiness and good health.

This routine takes place every morning in all HRnetGroup offices across the region, Sim says. It was initiated by her father, group chairman Peter Sim, who founded the recruitment company in 1992. The company has since grown to comprise 24 entities in 10 cities across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Japan and Korea, specialising in both flexible staffing and professional recruitment. Its brands include HRnetOne, PeopleSearch and RecruitFirst.

This morning routine is not HRnetGroup’s only unique practice. The company also favours holding company-wide internal meetings on Saturdays. Sim explains: “Mondays to Fridays are the golden time for us to meet clients and call [job] candidates.”

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