PMAP names Sun Life PH HR chief as ‘People Manager of the Year’

The premier association of people managers and human resources professionals in the country has named Sun Life Philippines’ Chief Human Resources Officer as ‘People Manager of the Year.’

The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) has conferred the award to Hiyasmin ‘Yahmin’ Mattison. The Sun Life HR chief was recognized for her effective initiatives in ensuring the welfare of more than a thousand Sun Life employees across the country amid the still ongoing pandemic.

PMAP underlined the HR team’s efforts to remain at the forefront despite the extraordinary times. The association has recognized Sun Life HR’s efforts to help the community to transition to remote working while keeping their safety and health.

“I am truly honored and grateful for this award, especially as it has been bestowed on me by PMAP, an organization that has been so much a part of my professional development and my career,” Mattison said. “I share this award with my own HR team, who have worked tirelessly over their own personal struggles and have always given me reason to keep going. A leader is only as strong as the team behind her, and I am certain that I have the best team a people manager can hope for.”

Among the outstanding programs under Mattison’s leadership are the Employee Assistance Program (which provides psychological support mechanisms), Sun Life Gigs (which enables employees to volunteer for tasks to fast-track service to clients), and Protected as One (Sun Life’s vaccination program for staff and agents). These are on top of other people development programs, digitalization of people processes, and other employee engagement activities.

“The innovations that Yahmin and her team initiated enabled Sun Life to maintain business continuity, drive organizational transformation, and help employees navigate through the crisis,” said Sun Life PH CEO and Country Head Benedict Sison. “In turn, the workforce was able to help the organization achieve operational resilience and continue fulfilling its obligations to its clients.”