SAYS Recognised As World's Most Democratic Workplace Three Years In A Row

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Malaysian company SAYS has been recognised by WorldBlu as the World’s Most Democratic Workplace for the third consecutive year.

Malaysian company SAYS has been recognised by WorldBlu as the World’s Most Democratic Workplace for the third consecutive year.

SAYS ( appears in the WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces with other well-known companies including Zappos, AIESEC International and WD-40. The only other Malaysian company to have made it to the list is Mindvalley.

WorldBlu determines the list by conducting the WorldBlu Design Assessment, a survey completed by employees of a company. The survey evaluates a company’s practice of the WorldBlu 10 Principles of Organisational Democracy.

To be listed, an organisation has to achieve an overall combined score of 3.5 / 5 or higher. Despite an increase in workforce to over 30 employees, SAYS has managed to improve its 2013 score of 3.9 to 4.1 this year.

“Gone are the days of stifling an employee’s creative potential in fear of chaos and disturbance. We believe the workplace is one of the best places to cultivate creativity in this day and age. SAYS chooses to practice processes that are anchored on this belief. Everyone here deserves a workplace that liberates their creative minds,” says Sam Wee, General Manager at SAYS. “This freedom-centered workplace design has been the source of happiness and success at SAYS.” ( is Malaysia’s fastest growing news site with over one million unique visitors. In March 2014, achieved over 3.3 million page views (Google Analytics)., a social rewards network that is also a SAYS product, has a growing base of 530,000 users and serves South East Asia’s biggest advertisers in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia.

SAYS was also awarded for its unique work practices, namely ‘Smoke Signals’ and ‘Great-itude’ that ensures decentralisation, reflection and evaluation in the organisation. During ‘Great-itude’ sessions, employees share one thing they're grateful for that has happened in the week.

WorldBlu is a company specialising in democratic organisational design. The 2014 eighth annual WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces certified 41 organisations from industries including technology, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and services, with a combined annual revenue of over $13 billion. WorldBlu certified organisations include public, private, non-profit, and educational institutions. They range in size from five to 50,000 employees and are located in countries across the world including the US, Mexico, the UK, Netherlands, Haiti, New Zealand, and Romania.

WorldBlu Founder and CEO, Traci Fenton, says, “WorldBlu-certified organisations model how freedom and democracy in the workplace unleashes the human spirit in order to build high performing companies that change the world for the better.”

Based in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, SAYS operates (, a social news website and, its social rewards network. A subsidiary of the REV Asia group, SAYS is pioneering the reach of advertisers through the empowerment of active social media users in Malaysia. In December 2013, SAYS was recognised as Malaysia’s fastest growing news website after it generated over one million unique visitors. SAYS has served over 80 leading brands including Nike, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Maxis and Nestle.

SAYS Sdn Bhd made The WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces in years 2012, 2013 and 2014. The company also won Best Practices for “Level Up” and “Smoke Signal”.

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