Tony Fernandes: Ego is a Big No Go

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Tony Fernandes: Ego is a Big No Go

AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes practices what he preaches – forsaking stuffy formality for easy going accessibility. The airline culture is non-conformist but with a clear purpose and direction. He tells AWANI Review’s Cynthia Ng that `sleeping on the job’ at HQ is fine – bean bags strewn strategically to enable staff to take a quick kip to recharge and return to work with renewed vigour.

At one end of the AirAsia office, lies an employee on a bean bag, taking - what is presumed - an afternoon nap. At the other end, saunters in Tony Fernandes, in very casual clothing. The carrier chief did once say that formal attire ‘builds distance’ between bosses and staff. “I dont think if you put these in other offices people are going to do that,” Tony says about the sleeping employee. “They have to feel comfortable, relaxed to be able to be themselves.”...

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