Manulife offers staff extra paid day off

Manulife's CHRO reveals why well-being is a 'key tenet'

Manulife offers staff extra paid day off

Over 19,000 Manulife employees in Asia will enjoy an extra paid day off today as part of the company’s initiative to encourage staff to recharge and focus on their well-being. This is the second year in a row that the company has rolled out ‘Thank You Day’ for its employees globally.

Angie Ng, Chief Human Resources Officer at Manulife Singapore tells us that it part of a broader and ongoing commitment to well-being at the organisation. “At Manulife Singapore, employee well-being has always been a key tenet of our people agenda,” she tells HRD. “Now more than ever, we need to extend genuine care and focus on their well-being by encouraging and providing more opportunities for our employees to take time-off. We all need to unwind and recharge, and we’re getting it done together as a team on June 18.”

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She believes such initiatives can go a long way in fostering an environment where employees feel valued, included and well cared for – especially during this time of hybrid work arrangements. ‘Thank You Day’ was offered in addition to the five extra personal days given to each employee this year. The latter was announced in May last year.

CEO Dr Khoo Kah Siang added that the unique day off is a way to recognise and show the company’s appreciation for everyone’s hard work through the pandemic. “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,” says Dr Khoo. “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.”

Manulife has also taken a range of actions to support the well-being of employees and their families in response to the challenges they face during the pandemic. This includes flexible work arrangements, extra paid time-off and virtual mental health resources.

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