Annual Insurance Congress highlights ‘HR challenges’ | Daily News

Annual Insurance Congress highlights ‘HR challenges’

Dinesh Weerakkody Chairman International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka, Prakash Shaffter MD Janashakthi Insurence PLC , Suresh Muttiah Union Assurance, Saurav Biswas Head of Research LIMRA and Chaturi Munaweera Director  AIA at the event
Dinesh Weerakkody Chairman International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka, Prakash Shaffter MD Janashakthi Insurence PLC , Suresh Muttiah Union Assurance, Saurav Biswas Head of Research LIMRA and Chaturi Munaweera Director AIA at the event

The insurance industry employs a workforce of about 18,000 – 20,000 and has an agency force of about 45,000.

Insurance, as a market has a strong growth potential, but penetration ability of insurers remains relatively low.

These facts were disclosed at a panel consisting of Dinesh Weerakkody Chairman International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka, Prakash Shaffter MD Janashakthi Insurance, Suresh Muttiah Union Assurance and Chaturi Munaweera Director AIA at the Annual Insurance Congress on the topic ‘HR challenges in a consolidating industry’.

In general it was noted that attracting new talent has always been a challenge for the industry.

Hence HR professionals will need to continue to focus on building a strong employer brand and talent development tools to attract new talent.

This they noted will require that HR community to work together to generate a more positive image of insurance in academic and professional fields and among school communities.

At the same time, HR must continue to develop existing employees and re skill them to perform in the new roles that will emerge with the changes and disruptions that the industry is currently facing.

Dinesh Weerakkody noted in his address that a HR strategy to help employees embrace new technological advances and build organization capabilities to adopt new business models will be required.

He added that HR will have to be a strong advocate of the digital transformation within the organization, that goes beyond basic HR Systems and therefore HR must be able to embrace concepts such as digital talent within organizations and develop reward systems that are not based only on team performance or simply on education/technical qualifications, but more merit driven, and that promotes creativity and innovation.

The panel in general noted that if skill development is an issue and if the industry is not able to grow all the talent from within, it has to take advantage of the regulatory landscape, which provides opportunities for consolidations, partnerships etc.


 

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