Com­rade­ship spirit at its best across Bank of Val­letta

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

It was a Valen­tine’s Day with a dif­fer­ence at Bank of Val­letta. Make our heart grow big­ger is the cam­paign that was launched across the bank in an ef­fort to en­cour­age BOV em­ploy­ees to con­trib­ute to­wards the BOV Em­ployee Wel­fare Fund.

Ray De­bat­tista, Ex­ec­u­tive Hu­man Re­sources ex­plained: “As one of the largest em­ploy­ers in Malta, the set­ting up of the Em­ployee Wel­fare Fund was a nat­u­ral ini­tia­tive for us at bank of Val­letta. Ev­ery year the bank sets aside a lump sum to­wards this fund, through which we give our sup­port to em­ploy­ees and their de­pen­dents un­der­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment in Malta or abroad.”

He went on to ex­plain that ev­ery case is eval­u­ated on its own mer­its by a ded­i­cated com­mit­tee, headed by Hu­man Re­sources. Be­sides con­tribut­ing fi­nan­cially, em­ploy­ees may also do­nate hours from their leave en­ti­tle­ment, to as­sist their col­leagues in need. This is an addi- tional buf­fer to the sev­eral poli­cies and health ben­e­fits of­fered by the bank.

The cam­paign, Make our heart grow big­ger, sought to en­cour­age the bank’s work­force, num­ber­ing over 1,500, to make a min­i­mum monthly com­mit­ment of €1 from their salary to­wards this fund.

Em­ploy­ees who chose to en­rol in this scheme or in­crease their monthly com­mit­ment re­ceived a sweet treat for Valen­tine. Over the past days, mem­bers from the bank’s HR team vis­ited a num­ber of branches and units across the bank, col­lect­ing forms while rais­ing more aware­ness about the fund.

“The re­sponse to this cam­paign was over­whelm­ing,” said Mr De­bat­tista. “This is very en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­u­larly since we truly be­lieve that our peo­ple are our great­est as­set and we in­vest, not only in their in­di­vid­ual de­vel­op­ment, but also in in­still­ing a strong sense of team­work and car­ing across the or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

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