Sun Life ASC leverages Parenting Workshops for staff as unique employee engagement initiative

January 28, 2020

Sun Life ASC leverages Parenting Workshops for staff as unique employee engagement initiative

  • Parenting workshops launched in 2019 under the three-year employee development program- ‘Utopia’
  • Workshops held in collaboration with Parwarish Institute of Parenting 
  • 140 employees till date benefitted from quarterly workshops

In a unique initiative, Sun Life Asia Service Centre (ASC), in collaboration with Parwarish Institute of Parenting has introduced quarterly parenting workshops for its staff as part of its three-year employee development program-Utopia. Launched in 2019, these workshops aim at helping parent employees live healthier lives by managing their responsibilities better at both workplace and home. 

Approximately 140 employees have already attended and benefitted from these workshops till date which cover diverse issues ranging from helping adolescent children identify and cope with their emotions to getting young children to cooperate willingly. The workshops have received an overwhelming response from the employees. 

Shantanu Kodesia, Head-Operations & Enablement, Sun Life ASC said, “The children of our employees at Sun Life are like an extended family for us. Keeping the same in mind, we organized ‘Parenting Workshops” for our employees wherein examples of and the ways around imparting good parenting were shared with them. It was a very interactive and enriching session with a lot of great ideas for the attendees. The success of this workshop can be gauged by the fact that our employees have reached out to us and have requested for more such sessions to be organized.”

“It was a wonderful and insightful session. As parents we go though many emotions ourselves and tend to forget about the kid’s emotion. I hope we have more such sessions for better and deeper understanding of the subject”, Anjuman Chawla, Senior Development Specialist, Sun Life ASC. “Employee wellness is to have employees who are happy at both workplace and home. Through these parenting workshops, we received training for our role as parents to groom happy, healthy, successful and secured children, which we as working parents really strive for. Am thankful to my organisation to have launched these workshops for us”, Jatin Pal, Engagement Manager, HR-Sun Life ASC. 

Rajeev Bhardwaj, ES Asia HR Business Partner, Enterprise Services Asia, Sun Life Financial Asia Services Centre (ASC) said, “Being a parent is both a joy and a great responsibility, especially in today’s environment where social media and different external factors influence our children. By conducting these Parenting workshops, our intent is to bring in facilitation support to guide our employees through their individual parenting journey. More importantly, we recognize the dual role individuals play in modern society working as professionals and managing their personal lives. This is one critical step in the direction of Sun life ASC being a ‘empathetic and thoughtful’ workplace where we look at individual’s life holistically.”


About SunLife Asia Service Centre India (ASC)

Sun Life Asia Service Centre (ASC) in India provides Business Processing, IT, and Investment Research shared services to Sun Life's global businesses. The 24*7 centres also offer contact centre and enterprise infrastructure to Sun Life’s businesses. ASC India and ASC Philippines work in perfect harmony to support Clients through all stages of Client and software life cycle for Sun Life in Canada, the US, and Asia. Over the years, the ASC has achieved scale and operational maturity by integrating closely with Sun Life’s corporate functions. The centres support Individual Insurance & Wealth, Group Benefits, Group Retirement Services, Document Services and Client Solutions services for Sun Life.

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