Saturday, June 15, 2024

Doing it right, doing it twice: Dragon Edge Group gets Best Place to Work winning streak

“We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve our customers and work alongside amazing teams. This award belongs to the DEGsters, who are passionate, hardworking individuals committed to our mission in spreading joy, excellence, and positivity through our products. This is just the beginning. We have set the standard with our Best Place to Work awards, and it is now up to us to uphold and surpass it. ~Dennis Balajadia, Dragon Edge Group Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dragon Edge Group wins Best Place to Work again! Founders Dennis and Emily Balajadia and the edgy, hardworking DEGsters.celebrating their back-to-back Best Place to Work win.

Dragon Edge Group (DEG), the company behind the popular Beach Hut Sunscreen and Cycles Laundry Detergent, once again received the Best Place to Work award for the second year in a row, recognizing its excellence in the workplace, making it one of the top companies in the Philippines.

This award, presented by the world-renowned Best Places to Work in collaboration with the Best Companies Group, recognizes companies that have achieved the highest levels of excellence in human resource (HR) practices and employee experience. The organization evaluates employee culture and treatment in companies around the world, taking into account employee conditions, compensation and benefits, motivation, relationships, training, well-being, career development, leadership, and culture.

Dragon Edge Group’s fearless husband-and-wife founders Emily and Dennis Balajadia receive their second Best Place to Work award from Yones Candra, Best Places to Work Customer Success Manager.

Excellence in leadership and employee culture

Dragon Edge Group has been creating remarkable brands that make people's lives better ever since 2005. Behind the company's success is a passionate team led by equally passionate leaders who ensure that only the highest-quality products reach stores and consumers' homes.

Aside from its products for customers, DEG promotes a positive work environment and a distinct company culture that encourages new ideas and innovative thinking among employees. This has become a cornerstone of success within the company as DEG employees and leadership, also known as "DEGsters," As a result, "DEGsters" develop their creativity and grow their potential in line with their core values of working with integrity and excellence, practicing tamang diskarte and making sure things are done on time, taking care of customers, and to be humble.

DEG offers leadership programs and initiatives for employees to help them grow into strong leaders within the company. DEG students can also pursue master's degrees from prestigious universities such as the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and the Wharton School.

Open communication with employees is also critical to DEG's success. By speaking with employees and receiving constructive feedback, the company was able to improve certain aspects of their company culture, such as adding a retirement package to its benefits for DEGsters approaching this stage of life.

“We listen to our employees and we take note of feedback that would help us improve as a company, as long as it’s aligned with our values.” ~Emily Balajadia, Dragon Edge Group Co-founder and Mother of Marketing.

Producing remarkable brands and innovations

Dragon Edge’s first product was a bottle of Beach Hut Sunblock in 2006, which was the first and only local spray-on sunblock at the time. This innovation pushed them to create other brands that challenged the status quo, and became the pioneers of many products, such as the first baby detergent Cycles and the first natural baby bottle and nipple cleanser, Cradle.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, DEG quickly responded by creating and distributing COV-X alcohol in just 11 days to help communities to stay safe and healthy.

The top priority is letting DEGsters’ express their creativity. Founders Dennis and Emily Balajadia believe that the best ideas come from “relaxed, informal settings.” This encourages the team to think outside the box to come up with attention-grabbing campaigns for their brands. This has led to some of the wildest ideas, like Beach Hut becoming the first sunblock to fly to space in 2017, which was crafted during a company drinking session.

The company has also expanded nationwide and has been selling products in Indonesia since 2006. Not only did this allow DEG to expand further, but it also created numerous opportunities for employees to contribute to the company's growth while also growing internally.

Dragon Edge Group founders Dennis and Emily Balajadia talk about what they’ve done to improve employees’ wellbeing, and how DEGsters were key in their decision-making process.

Doing good work for the community

DEG’s fearless approach allows the company to tackle challenges head-on through innovative solutions that elevate customer experience. As part of Beach Hut’s brand initiatives, the brand opened Beach Hut Bar in Boracay in 2012. It gave vacationers a spot to enjoy the beach vibe with good music and signature cocktails, while protecting them from the sun’s harmful rays. Beach Hut also introduced the first sunscreen vending machine in Caticlan Airport and Boracay to keep tourists protected from the sun.

The company also takes a creative approach in implementing CSR initiatives for communities. Running for five years, Beach Hut Sunscreen is on a mission to support and develop grassroots women’s football, empowering young girls to follow their dreams both on and off the field. 

This year, the brand hosted the first-ever Women's Beach Football Festival, showcasing the brand's dedication to empowering Filipina athletes.

DEG is also leading the way in sustainability with the thrust of saving the earth for the younger generation with the launch of eco-friendly packaging, recycling bins, and Cycles and Cradle refilling stations.

Dragon Edge Group goes beyond creating game-changing products. Being recognized as a two-time Best Place to Work awardee emphasizes how they prioritize a culture of joy and celebration, translating into a passionate team that thrives on achieving and spreading positivity. This ultimately creates a ripple effect into DEG's employee benefits, CSR initiatives, and how they push to improve the quality of life of their customers and communities. 

For more information about Dragon Edge Group and its brands, visit their official website.

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