Manulife Gives Global Employees Extra Paid Day Off and Dedicates Afternoon to Reflect on Diversity

June 18, 20215:18 pm1087 views

Employee wellbeing should be among leader’s concerns nowadays. With mental health and burnout becoming pressing issues for workers, employers are urged to take this matter seriously and address the problem.

As as way to support and appreciate employee’s hard work during the pandemic, insurance company Manulife is giving its workers a “Thank You Day” off this Friday, 18 June 2021. For the second year in a row, Manulife’s global workforce, including 19,000 employees in Asia, will get additional paid leave. This is on top of the five extra personal days Manulife has already given its employees this year to support their wellbeing.

“The efforts that our colleagues have demonstrated over the past year to keep Manulife advancing at full force amid a turbulent climate have been tremendous, and we are deeply grateful for their commitment. It is important that we take time to recognise their dedication and support over this season, and also use the opportunity to unplug and recharge our minds and bodies for the way forward,” said Dr. Khoo Kah Siang, Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Singapore.

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In addition, Manulife is dedicating a full afternoon for all employees to learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), in a first-ever Global Afternoon of Reflection and Learning. The afternoon, on 17 June, will feature a range of learning activities globally and across Asia, including on allyship and how to become better advocates for change.

Sessions include keynote speeches, fireside chats, and webinars hosted by leaders and various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). In Asia, these include a Pride and Prejudice research presentation by The Economist; a DEI panel of senior Manulife leaders on how to have uncomfortable conversations; and various events run by ERGs on women’s empowerment, racial equality, and LGBTQ+2 inclusion.

“This dedicated afternoon is a reflection of our organisation-wide championing of DEI initiatives,” said Dr. Khoo. “As we strive to build a more engaged and satisfied workforce, listening to, learning from, and actively supporting our employees will continue to be critical. These efforts also underscore our commitment to advocating for a more inclusive and equitable society.”

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