SriLankan honours staff
SriLankan Airlines honoured 117 members of its staff who completed 25
years service at a special ceremony at the World Trade Centre, Colombo
recently. Peter Hill, CEO of SriLankan, presented each of the employees
with a plaque, together with a gold coin and a certificate of
25 year service award winners
This was the second successive year that the Airline honoured its
staff with 96 being feted in the previous year when SriLankan itself
Other members completed 20 years, 15 years, and 10 years were
felicitated at smaller ceremonies that were conducted in each department
of the company.
The recipients at the ceremony on December 14 included eight from
overseas stations in Malaysia, UAE, India, Kuwait, Japan and Qatar.
Others came from all departments of the airline, including several
CEO thanked the staff for their efforts over the years, noting how it
began with Boeing 707s, and went on to 737s, 747s, Lockheed 1011
Tristars, Airbus A320s and A340s, and then the days of privatization,
re-branding, and the arrival of the A330s. "It feels great to have spent
25 years with Air lanka and SriLankan," said Foo Kuan Shyan, Cargo
Manager, Malaysia, who was one of the recipients.
Head of Human Resources Sunil Dissanayake said it was an important
event for the company to recognize its staff. Rehan Fernando, Manager
Procurement & Logistics Aircraft, one of the recipients in his vote of
thanks thanked the company on behalf of all recipients for recognising
the contributions of the staff. SriLankan which flies to 49 destinations
in 28 countries has more than 5,500 employees throughout its global
network and in offices throughout Sri Lanka.
The National Carrier places special emphasis on the career
advancement and welfare of its staff, and was the First Runner-Up at the
National Human Resources Management Awards two consecutive times.
These include a company-wide Employee Opinion Survey that gathers
advice from staff on every aspect of the company and providing training
and further education at the sophisticated Human Resource Development
Centre in Katunayake which is accredited to many prestigious
international educational institutes.
SriLankan's management keeps staff informed of matters throughout the
company through several methods, including "Monara" a 16-page monthly
newsletter in Sinhala and English, notices via the company's intranet
system, and regular meetings between management and staff.
The airline also has collective agreements with all of its employee
unions, which guarantee personal career matters such as salary
increments, benefits, annual evaluations, and promotions.