HNBA MD Discussed the Dynamic HR Practices of HNBA & HNBGI

The ‘people factor’ of an organization with no doubt is its greatest strength, making its management crucial in a highly competitive industry such as Insurance. HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) has deployed a Human Resource strategy for its staff which focuses on enriching the life of its employees, both through enhancing quality of time at work as well as providing for greater work-life balance.

Sharing views on the Human Resource strategy, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated, “The Human Resource strategy is a key success driver of any organization and it is believed that the Human Resource function adds a great deal of value to the corporation and the ‘people factor’ provides for greater stability of the business as well as superior organizational performance. Cherished Human Resource practices could result in a pool of competent and dedicated employees. The Group pays great emphasis on its recruitment strategy as well as in retaining its employees. As a Group with over 900 employees, the Strategic Human Resource practices extend beyond the standard Human Resource practices, to help our staff and their families fulfill their aspirations and dreams. Extensive measures are taken in order to create a contemporary organization culture with augmented values as well as a support mechanism to enable one to go forth in one’s career.”

Speaking further Mr. Lokuarachchi added “The Group has an ‘open door’ policy where employees could access the top management concerning any matter. Continuous learning and development is encouraged throughout each tier of the organization. The Group envisions creating charismatic leaders and has invested its resources in talent management and talent development which helps in building competencies and skills within employees. As part of the Human Resource strategy, training programs are conducted on a monthly basis focusing on professional as well as personal development of employees. These programs range from personal grooming to professional training to workshops on striking the right work-life balance and healthy living. A case in point here is the workshop that was held for staff on the prevention of Dengue and H1N1 as well as a workshop to help individuals understand what measures should be taken in order to spend the golden eve of one’s life in a happy and a healthy manner. These workshops were conducted by Dr. Shiromi Maduwage and Dr. Sameera Sennanayake of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka. The Group identifies the true potential of each staff member and set in place a compensation scheme which has both monetary and non-monetary components. The Group constantly encourage employees in enhancing leadership roles and in empowering employees by creating additional tiers in the management hierarchy to allow career progression. In addition, the Group has taken a step forward in implementing advanced Human Resource Information systems and reward schemes”.


Highfliers Hailed at the 12th HNB Assurance Sales Convention

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) felicitated the bright-sparks of its Sales Force at the 12th Sales Convention held recently at the Hilton Colombo.  The eagerly anticipated night of the Company’s event calendar was graced by the presence of Mrs. Rose Cooray as Chief Guest, the Board of Directors of HNBA as well as the Management of both HNBA and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI).

Sharing her thoughts on this day of celebration, Chairperson of HNBA and HNBGI Mrs. Rose Cooray stated “Tonight we celebrate the breakthrough performance, the enthusiasm and the go-getter spirit of our Sales Force. The Sales Force has been a significant stake of the Company since its inception and has delivered an extraordinary performance in 2016, immensely contributing to the growth of the Company. I’m extremely pleased at the outcome of their commitment, dedication towards constantly striving to raise the bar further”.

Sharing his thoughts on this celebratory night, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “Throughout its journey of 15 years, the Company has showcased its strength and stability by yielding significant results. The Sales Force has contributed substantially to the growth of the Company by capturing new market segments, as well as by seizing the existing market gaps in a challenging industry. Tonight we celebrate the accomplishments of the crème of the Sales Force including forty one Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) qualifiers, one Court of the Table (COT) qualifier and one Top of the Table (TOT) qualifier and I’m delighted to laud those individuals who have gone that extra mile to realize achievements such as these”.

Speaking on the performance and on the future outlook, Chief Operating Officer of HNBA Mr. Prasantha Fernando stated, “The devotion the Sales Force has in no small measure helped the Company to grow over the years to the stature and stability that it has achieved to date. These results have created a favorable mindset amongst our Sales Force in this highly competitive market, and regardless of the obstacles, I’m sure the achievements of the Sales Force of HNBA will continue to grow from strength to strength as a result of their resolve to succeed”.

The 12th HNBA Sales Convention honored 225 Advisors under categories of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Super Gold. Amongst those golden trophies were the accolades for the Best Service Center, Best Zonal Manager, Best Cluster Manager, Best Regional Office Manager, awards for MDRT, COT and TOT qualifiers. The top awardee of the night was Ms. U. K. K. C. Silva who was awarded as the Best Sales Person of the Year.

Another specialty of the night was the tokens of appreciation presented to several artists of the golden era, acknowledging their contribution to enlighten the entertainment industry of Sri Lanka. Accordingly the acknowledged artists were Mr. Prince Udaya Priyantha, Mr. Berty Gunethilake, Mrs. Chandrani Gunewardena and Mr. Piyadasa Athukorala.

Image Caption: L-R: HNBA and HNBGI Managing Director/CEO Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi, HNBA and HNBGI Chairperson Mrs. Rose Cooray, HNBA Best Sales Person of 2016 Ms. U. K. K. C. Silva, HNBA Chief Operating Officer Mr. Prasantha Fernando, HNBA Chief Business Officer Mr. Ivan Nicholas and HNBA Zonal Head Mr. Hiran Fernandopulle.


Things you should do after a flood

Here are some useful tips to take care of yourself, your loves ones and your property after a flood.

  • Make sure you have permission from emergency officers/authorities to get back inside your house.
  • Ensure that the sounding environment has cleared and it is safe to move in back to your property. Lookout for any safety warnings from authorities
  • Keep all power and electrical appliance switched off until the house is cleaned up properly. Make sure the property is well inspected by a qualified electrical personnel and confirms that it is safe to relocate.
  • Make sure you have photographs, or a record of all the damage, as it may be needed for insurance claims.
  • Clean the entire home, together with all the objects in it very well before you use them again. They may be contaminated. Use antibacterial solutions and disinfectants to clean every object in the house.
  • Wear appropriate gear (mask and gloves) before cleaning begins.
  • Keep children away until the property is entirely cleaned.