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HNBA MD Discussed the Dynamic HR Practices of HNBA & HNBGI

The  „peoplefactor‟of  an  organization  with  no doubt    is itsgreatest    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 Resourcestrategyfor   its   staffwhich focuses  onenriching  the  life  of  its  employees,both throughenhancing 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 HNBGIMr.Deepthi  Lokuarachchi  stated,  “The  Human  Resource  strategy  is  akey success  driverof  any  organizationand  it  is  believed  that  the  Human  Resource function adds a great deal of value to the corporationandthe „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   competentand dedicated employees.The  Grouppays  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 extendbeyond 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  acontemporary  organization culturewith augmented valuesas well asasupport mechanism toenable one to go forthin one‟s career.” Speakingfurther Mr. Lokuarachchi added“The Group has an „opendoor‟ policy where employees  could  access  the  top  management concerningany  matter.  Continuous learning  and  development  is  encouraged  throughout  each  tier  of  the organization. The  Group  envisions creating  charismatic  leaders  andhas  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  onprofessionalas  well  as personaldevelopment of employees.These programs rangefrom 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  takeninorderto spend the golden eve of one‟s life in a happy  and  a  healthy  manner. These  workshops  were  conducted  byDr.  Shiromi Maduwage and Dr. Sameera Sennanayake ofthe  College of  Community  Physicians of Sri  Lanka.The  Group  identifies  the  true  potentialofeach  staff  member  and  set  in place   a   compensation   scheme   which   has   both   monetary   and   non-monetary components. The  Group  constantly  encourageemployees  in enhancingleadership roles  and  in  empowering  employees  by  creating  additional  tiers  in  the  managementhierarchyto allow career progression. In addition, the Group has taken a step forward in   implementing   advanced   Human   ResourceInformationsystems and   reward schemes”.

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HNB Assurance Strengthens Presence with Relocation of Branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">HNB Assurance PLC, is delighted to announce the relocation of its branches to prime locations in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya. These strategic moves reflect on the company's intention to enhancing accessibility and service delivery to customers in key regions across the island. Providing convenient access to its comprehensive range of insurance products and services, including protection, health, savings, retirement and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:150%;mso-spacerun:yes;"> </span><span style="line-height:150%;">MRP has contributed to the progress of the company, showcasing a 20% year on year growth continuously over the past three years.&nbsp;</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, CEO of HNBA, expressing his thoughts at the branch openings, stated, “The decision to relocate our branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya was driven by our strategic vision to position ourselves in key high-traffic areas, enabling us to foster deeper connections with our customers and offer tailored insurance solutions that safeguard what matters most to them. As we embark on this journey of growth, our branch network remains integral, serving as the bedrock to our customer-centric approach. I have full confidence that these new locations will not only amplify our presence but also elevate the level of service we provide to the local communities."</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">Mr. Harindra Ramasinghe, Chief Business Officer – Advisor Distribution Channel, emphasized the significance of the relocations in enhancing customer experience. "At HNB Assurance, we are constantly striving to exceed customer expectations and deliver exceptional value. Last year, we were honored for our pioneering Insurance Distribution initiative at the prestigious Emerging Asia Insurance Awards, a recognition which underscores our commitment not only to expansion but also for being innovative with our Distribution Strategy. The relocation of our branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya enables us to build closer relationships with our customers and provide them with unparalleled support and assistance. With a branch network of 69 branches and an advisor force in excess of 3500, the advisor distribution channel at HNBA has consistently displayed growth and innovation. I extend my heartfelt appreciation for the dedication and hard work of our teams and convey my best wishes for success to both branch teams.”</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">The Nugegoda branch is now located at 69, S da S Jayasingha Mawatha, Kohuwala, Nugegoda, while the Nuwara Eliya branch has been relocated to 31/1/1, Lowson Street, Nuwara Eliya.&nbsp;</span></span><o:p></o:p></p>

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Mar

HNB Assurance Hosts Liya Harasara Event in Pujapitiya

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">HNB Assurance PLC, recently organized a special event in celebration of International Women's Day, in Pujapitiya, Kandy. The event, which took place in collaboration with the Pujapitiya Provincial Council, aimed to empower and inspire women in the local community.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">The event marked the launch of the 12th edition of “Liya Harasara”, an annual initiative dedicated to acknowledging and supporting the contributions of women along with the remarkable essence of womanhood, while celebrating International Women’s Day. Additionally, "Liya Harasara" seeks to recognize the achievements of women across various fields and foster an environment of empowerment and inclusivity.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Featuring insightful sessions facilitated by distinguished individuals in their respective fields, Apsari Tillakaratne, addressed the gathering and shared personal insights from her life on how to overcome challenges. Sunethra Kumari shared her expertise, providing valuable insights into beauty and self-care practices while W.M. Sarani Pushpakumara, delivered an informative session on the importance of nutrition for overall well-being.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Attendees from the vicinity of Pujapitiya had the opportunity to engage with the facilitators, learn from their expertise, and participate in discussions aimed at promoting women's empowerment and holistic well-being. The event served as a platform for women to connect, share experiences and inspire each other towards personal and professional growth.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">HNB Assurance remains committed to supporting initiatives that promote gender equality, empower women and contribute to the well-being of communities across Sri Lanka. Additionally, the company also offers special benefits to females for new policies obtained during the month of March and April, 2024.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p>

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Mar

HNB Assurance Celebrates First Anniversary of Empowering Women with In.She

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">HNB Assurance PLC proudly celebrated the first anniversary of its groundbreaking women empowerment program, In.she. This initiative, designed to uplift and support women within both the insurance industry and the company, aims to foster gender equality and diversity.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Launched on March 8<sup>th</sup>, 2023, in celebration of International Women's Day, In.she has exemplified HNB Assurance's commitment to creating an inclusive workplace and empowering women to excel in their careers. The program's first-year celebration, held at the Royal MAS Arena, set the stage for a continued journey of empowerment and growth.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">In recognition of its efforts, HNB Assurance was recognized as one of the female-friendly workplaces to work in 2023, a testament to the company's support for women's advancement and well-being.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">The first anniversary celebration, themed "Glamor Galore," showcased a fashion show featuring designs and models from within the company's talented staff. Additionally, a panel discussion was hosted during the event, featuring esteemed personalities such as Yureni Noshika, Chathurika Peries, Ruchira Karunarathne and Dilini Jayasuriya.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, CEO of HNBA, sharing his thoughts at the first year anniversary of In.She, stated, "</span> <span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">At HNB Assurance, we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where every individual, irrespective of gender, has the opportunity to excel. However, we must acknowledge that there are specific challenges that disproportionately impact women due to social and cultural factors, a key feature of our In.She program is to address and overcome these obstacles by providing support and resources required."</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Mr.</span> <span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Navin Rupasinghe, Head of Human Resources / Assistant General Manager of HNBA, added, "Our journey with In.She has been incredibly rewarding and we are thrilled to celebrate its first anniversary. Through this program, we have witnessed the remarkable potential of our female workforce. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the In.She team for their efforts and passion in driving this initiative, let me also remind and emphasize that the management stands firmly behind this endeavor, offering complete support to ensure its continued success.”</span><o:p></o:p></p>

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