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Learn the latest by attending Employee Benefits Asia 2015

Employee Benefits Asia 2015 Employee Benefits Asia is the annual compensation & benefits conference hosted by Human Resources.  Today, we are live at The Mira Hong Kong. Stay tuned to this page for live tweets and messages from the two-day conference.

In store on day two are presentations from Elaine Chan, senior head of the medical division, general insurance, Hong Kong, Zurich Insurance,  Arthur Lee, Hong Kong business leader, Mercer Marsh Benefits, Dan Gutin, regional HR director, industrial affairs, APAC and Japan, Sanofi and many more.

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Day 2 – September 2, 2015

That brings Employee Benefits Asia 2015 to a close. Thanks to everyone who spoke, attended and supported the event! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  

Discuss about C&B platforms/dashboards with panelists from AECOM, Ingram Micro and  Honeywell. 

On the panel are [L-R]: Sow Chat Gan, Asia Pacific benefit directors, Honeywell, Wilfred Chan, director, compensation and benefits, Asia Pacific, AECOM, Aditi Sharma Karla, regional editor, human resources (moderator), Annie Chow, senior director, total rewards, Avery Dennison and David Kohutynski, vice president, human resources, Asia Pacific, Ingram Micro.



Sow Chat Gan, Asia Pacific benefits director, Honeywell shares how communication and branding initiatives can promote employee engagement and retention.   



Learn from Trevor Blackman, group reward director, Dairy Farm Group how to engage top management for more effective benefits communication and value recognition in employee.



Dan Gutin, regional HR director industrial affairs APAC & Japan, Sanofi shares how to measure and benchmark your healthcare and wellbeing benefits package.  

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The first panel discussion for today tackles the tough topic of the ageing Asian population and how retirement planning needs to be factored in by C&B leaders.

On the panel are [L-R]: Dan Gutin (regional HR director for industrial affairs across APAC and Japan at Sanofi); Trevor Blackman (group reward director at Dairy Farm Group); Anthony Wong (moderator for this discussion, and editor of Human Resources Hong Kong; and Joanna Lee (head of HR at Bauhinia Coatings Group, Yip’s Chemical).

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How to evaluate the cost of C&B initiatives? Arthur Lee, Hong Kong business leader, Mercer Marsh Benefits shares more. #EBA2015



Elaine Chan, senior head of medical division, general insurance Hong Kong, Zurich Insurance opens Employee Benefits Asia 2015  with how healthcare and wellbeing programme drive better business.   

“According to employer and employee research last year by Zurich Insurance, salary was the most important thing to retain staff. What was the second most important? Insurance package,” said Chan.



We’re excited to begin day two of Employee Benefits Asia 2015 Hong Kong at The Mira.   See you soon!


Day 1 – September 1, 2015

That wraps up Day 1 of Employee Benefits Asia 2015 ! We’ll be back tomorrow to hear from Zurich Insurance, Sanofi, AECOM and more.

Eliza Ng, director human resources, Fuji Xerox shares insights on creating an exciting career path to keep talent and attract new talent.



Learn from Philip Morris International’s experience, the keys to using work-life integration and flexible working arrangements to retain staff.

Seen here is Ceyda Kamhi Ozyel, director, compensation and benefits, Asia, Philip Morris Asia



Learn from Philip Morris International Asia’s Chinmay Sharma, head of human resources, Hong Kong, Macau and Asia headquarters how the firm implemented the flexible working hours policy.



Panelists from Avery Dennison, Atmel Corporation and SAS Institute delve into the theme of flexible benefits, in this panel discussion led by Zurich Insurance.

Seen here are (L-R): Annie Chow, senior director total rewards, Avery Dennison, Ricky Long senior director HR, APAC, Atmel Corporation, Elaine Chan, senior head of the medical division, general insurance, Hong Kong, Zurich Insurance and Tara Cook, regional HR director, SAS Institute.



Learn how to balance between costs and business performance from Tara Cook, regional human resources director, SAS Institute Ltd.

“To motivate employees, apart from salary, given them recognition and advancement. Create a career ladder to give them a clear picture on where they are going in their career.” she said.


Deborah Mannas, group head of human resources, Wallem Group talks about building a rewards system to drive excellence.

Mannas takes an example to reinforce the importance of rewards. “You join mileage programmes just for the points – they are immediate and they are certain.”

“This is a fundamental principle of human behaviour – if you want somebody to do something, make a case for it. If excellence is what you want to drive, you have to make a case for the positive of it over the negative.”




The first panel discussion today sees HR experts coming together to for an analysis of what compensation and salary indicators are driving rewards strategies this year, in a conversation moderated by Anthony Wong, editor of Human Resources Hong Kong (extreme left).

The panelists are (L-R): Deborah Mannas (group head of HR, Wallem Group), Ricky Long (senior director HR for APAC at Atmel Corporation), and Eliza Ng (director HR at Fuji Xerox).

Ng points out the best way to stay in touch with employee needs is to simply ask them. “Every year we have a survey to understand the needs of the staff, and we ask them what kind of benefits they want. Other than salary, what else would be useful for them, we encourage them to let their senior management know.”

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Founder & CEO of CXA, Rosaline Koo, kickstarts day one of the conference with a keynote on employee benefits trends in Asia, offering up ideas for delegates to simplify the benefits process.

“What are your healthy employees saying,” Koo asks the delegates. She quotes: “Insurance is only for those who are sick and go to the hospital, so how does it help me? Employees who are married and are covered under their spouse’s insurance are asking, why can’t my insurance money be freed up, since it can’t be claimed twice?”

She goes on to provide possible solutions for HR and rewards leaders to simplify and manage such processes better.



Human Resources‘ regional editor Aditi Sharma Kalra opens the conference to welcome our delegates and partners.

“We have hosted this conference in Singapore for three years now, and today our team is proud to bring the successful format here in Hong Kong. Because when it comes to rewarding employees, the challenges are quite similar across the region.”



We’re looking forward to meeting everyone at Employee Benefits Asia 2015 Hong Kong at The Mira. See you soon!




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