Apparel sector associates from Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh united by their employer Brandix, were honoured at a spectacular celebration of excellence when Sri Lanka’s single largest apparel exporter hosted its annual ‘Rasadiya Mangalya’ in Colombo recently.
The group, which employs more than 48,000 people, felicitated and rewarded 41 Employees of the Year (EOYs), seven Supervisors of the Year (SOYs) and four executives from Brandix factories in the three countries at a day-long event at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
Ten of the EOYs and three of the SOYs were from Brandix’s offshore factories, highlighting the growing integration of the group’s operations in the South Asian region. Each EOY and SOY received a handsome trophy of appreciation as well as a company-sponsored seven-day study tour to China, India or Bangladesh and in Sri Lanka for those attached to the group’s overseas plants.
In its fifth year, the festival dedicated to multidimensional excellence included the finals of the annual Brandix ‘Rasadiya Kusalanaya’ volleyball tournament for non-executive staff, the awards for the winners of the Brandix ‘Mech Challenge’ – an annual group-wide competition in mechanical proficiency, and the finals of the ‘Rasadiya Gee Tharuwa’ and the ‘Rasadiya Narthana Tharu’ – competitions that stimulate the development of skills in singing and dancing among Brandix associates across the country.
A new feature introduced this year was the presentation of an award of Rs.1 million and a trophy to the ‘Rasadiya Hiru’ – the factory that excels at meeting Human Resources KPIs. This year’s award went to Brandix Apparel Solutions Limited – Intimate Apparel (Uknits), Mirigama.
Speaking at the event, Brandix Chief People Officer Ishan Dantanarayana said the Rasadiya Mangalya inspires thousands of employees to come together as one family and one enterprise on a journey of excellence with a common goal that extends across the group.
“Employees are the lifeblood of our business,” he said, stressing that this event is a good example of the degree to which Brandix appreciates the skills, potential and passion of its 48,000 associates. “Let’s get together as one family, have fun and take Brandix to even greater success by achieving our vision of providing inspired solutions to our global customers,” Dantanarayana said.
Brandix’s EOYs and SOYs were selected through a comprehensive process designed to select employees in the associate, staff and the supervisory categories who have excelled in performance and made significant contributions to the overall business and the Brandix team while demonstrating a potential to grow.
Over 5,000 Brandix associates filled the indoor stadium to cheer their colleagues rewarded for operational excellence and to support the teams competing in volleyball, the national sport and the sport adopted by Brandix, as well as those competing in the performing arts.
Entertainment for the event was provided by the popular singing duo Umaria and Sachith Pieris, the versatile Bhathiya & Santhush and the dance troupe of the Sri Lanka Army as well as by the associates who won the Brandix Rasadiya Gee Tharuwa singing competition and the troupes that won the Rasadiya Narthana Tharu dancing competition.
One of the largest suppliers of apparel to top retail brands in the US and Europe and the winner of two top awards for human resource management at the 2015 National HRM Awards, the Brandix group’s operations encompasses 31 integrated manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka, a 1,000 acre Industrial Park in India and a large operation in Bangladesh.