Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo continued their drive to contribute to the community with the fifth CSR project for the year at the Monaragala Piriven Viharaya, Kurunagala on 17 Saturday November 2012.

The hotel gathered a team of 120 associates from various departments from the hotel to carry out the task in Kurunagala. The largest crowd of volunteers gathered thus far, the hotel set upon their journey of cultural restoration.

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The fifth edition in the hotel’s campaign to restore religious structures across the country saw the team set about their journey at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday 17 November.

Travelling in three busses for two and a half hours and 114 km to the Monaragala Piriven Viharaya, the team started their mission at 8:20 a.m. The team lead by General Manager Denis Gruhier carried out their work around the 67.5 foot granite Buddha statue, clearing the area of rubble and soil and cleaning the surrounding areas of the temple.

The Samadhi Buddha statue is estimated to be the country’s largest granite statue to date. Started on 13 September 2003, the statue is still under construction.

The team worked around the area of the statue helping to clear rubble created by the carving of the Buddha statue.  Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo stands firm with the John Keels pledge ‘I Will Care’ encouraging members of staff from all walks of life and various creeds to join together to help each community out.  The Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo team has gradually increased in size for each CSR project they have carried out, signifying the importance of caring for one another, a strong element present throughout the organisation.

The hotel looks to the future to get involved with more projects helping communities near and far all over the country.
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo’s CSR projects have been a towering strength of team spirit for associates, encouraging team building and bonding which has worked well in the everyday work environment.

 The hotel is proud that the enthusiasm of their associates has lead to many members taking their practices in the work place home, where many have contributed and carried out projects in their local community.

Working together to bridge cultural and religious differences is a key factor that the hotel aims to maintain and strengthen for years to come, with many more CSR projects to take place every year.



A workshop titled The Future of Employer Relations in Sri Lanka will be held on 6 October at Galadari Hotel Colombo. The workshop will deal with some of the serious constraints facing our private sector and focus on strategies that can help to improve productivity in the work places. The speakers will share their insights on how focused Human Resource strategies could dismantle barriers, most which have a cultural and traditional side to them and unrelated to the specific work place.

The keynote presentation will be by Franklyn Amarasinghe, a former Director General of the Employers’ Federation who will present the views expressed in his recent publication “Employee Relations in Sri Lanka”. A book, which touches on the realities of a workplace. The presentation will be followed by a panel of experts from different backgrounds.

Dinesh Weerakkody, CEO HR Cornucopia Lanka Ltd., will share his thoughts on how Variable Pay can be used to improve productivity in the work place. Ravi Pieris, DG Employers Federation of Ceylon will provide valuable insights into how Collective Bargaining in Sri Lanka has evolved over the years , Jerry Huxtable CEO Suntel will talk about how outsourcing has impacted employment relationships.  Gotabaya Dassanayake, Employers’ Specialist in the ILO will share his thoughts on the challenges faced by the social partners to improve economic performance and veteran Trade Union Leader Lesley Devendra, will share his thoughts on how globalisation has affected Trade Unions in general. All participants will get a complementary of copy of the recent publication, Employee Relations in Sri Lanka.

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The Association of HR Professionals Sri Lanka Commemorated its 10th anniversary, in collaboration with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. The ceremonies were preceded by a learning conference on the theme ‘Managing the Multigenerational Workforce’.

The event was held at the Waters Edge , Colombo with the participation of a large number of HR Professionals from different industries. The Key note address was delivered by SHRM India’s CEO G. Ravindran, on his extensive research on the Challenges and Solutions to Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

The event was lighted with an interactive panel discussion headed by Janashakthi Group Director, Ramesh Schaffter as moderator and Director of PIM Prof. Uditha Liyanage , Hemas Holdings CEO Hussein Esufally, Brandix CPO Ishan Danthanarayana, & MBSL Chairman M. R .Shah as panelists.

You can read the detailed article on this session at Daily FT by visiting the following link.

(Image from : Shashika Ranasinghe / Daily FT)