New product and service enhancements introduced by DFCC Bank

  • Relaunch of DFCC credit cards with EMV enabled chip and Visa payWave contactless technology
  • DFCC iConnect, a cutting-edge Payments Solution for businesses
  • Further value enhancements to the DFCC Virtual Wallet
  • New value propositions for DFCC Leasing and DFCC Home Loan products

DFCC Bank aligns itself to its customers’ aspirations with innovative products and services that address and exceed their requirements and expectations through the use of the latest technology and its expertise.

Employee Capital

DFCC Bank’s Human Capital base grew by 5.1% in 2018 to 1,860. The growth was due to requirements in new business areas such as MSME, cards, and payments and cash management. Rapid growth in the retail business segment also required increased resources in sales and processing areas. Gender distribution remained at 56:44 (male to female) and age distribution saw 48.2% of employees under 30 years of age.

The Western Province continued to account for the largest number of employees, which was 56.8% of the Human Capital base. The Southern and Central Provinces accounted for 9.6% and 7.8% of the Human Capital base respectively.

New hires by province

Province Total
Central 16
Eastern 12
Northern 5
North-Central 11
North-Western 10
Sabaragamuwa 26
Southern 26
Uva 14
Western 173
Total 293

*Staff rejoining after retirement have been excluded

Total workforce by region and gender

2018 December
Number of employees
Province/Departments and other business units Number of branches Number of SLP units Male Female Total
Central 13 2 95 50 145
Eastern 8 2 54 19 73
Northern 6 0 36 23 59
North-Central 7 2 57 24 81
North-Western 10 1 55 44 99
Sabaragamuwa 11 4 62 38 100
Southern 16 7 110 69 179
Uva 7 2 48 19 67
Western 33 7 209 194 403
Total 111 27 726 480 1,206

Number of units Male Female Total
Departments and other business units 80 308 346 654

Happiness and well-being

As part of efforts to maintain the health and well-being of the Bank’s employees, many new initiatives were implemented to encourage and provide staff with the means to do so during the year under review. Initiatives included the provision of subsidised and discounted health screening packages for employees and their families, discounted access to online health advisory services, health camps, varied fitness programmes such as yoga, zumba, hikes, intensive boot camps, and pedometer challenges.

In keeping with the Bank’s core values of social responsibility, employees were provided with opportunities throughout the year to contribute to the wider community through initiatives such as an annual blood drive, a sustainable living programme in outstation schools, donation of specialised medicines to the bone marrow transplant unit of the Maharagama Apeksha Hospital, tree planting programmes island-wide and an HIV assistance programme, amongst others.

The DFCC Talent Show, held at the Nelum Pokuna, was revived in 2018 after an 11-year hiatus. The event was incredibly successful with over 1,100 people attending the show to witness the showcasing of home-grown talent.

Other engagements on the Bank’s social calendar included activities to celebrate Women’s Day, the International Day of the Girl Child, World Mental Health Day, Cancer Awareness Month, as well as more festive celebrations such as Vesak and Halloween which saw competitions for department decorations. Highlights of the year included a subsidised three-day trip to Bali, the Dinner Dance, an Avurudu Pola, Halloween and Christmas parties, Christmas carols, Bakthi Gee, and Sports Day. Additionally, the DFCC REDS, a group representing the young executives of the Bank, conducted a series of events in 2018 targeted at engaging the Bank’s millennial employees who make up 58% of the workforce.

Parental leave

Female employees at DFCC Bank are entitled to parental leave.

Indicator Male Female Total
Number of employees entitled to parental leave during the previous reporting period (2017) n/a 779 779
Number of employees who took parental leave and due to return in 2018 n/a 54 54
Number of employees who returned to work after parental leave in 2018 n/a 53 53
Employees who returned to work out of those due to return during 2018 n/a 98% 98%
Number of employees due to return to work after parental leave in 2017 n/a 58 58
Number of employees who returned to work after parental leave in 2017 n/a 56 56
Employees who returned to work out of those due to return in 2017 n/a 97% 97%
Number of employees who returned to work after parental leave in 2017, who were still employed 12 months after return to work n/a 54 54
Retention rate n/a 93% 93%

Avenues for communication

Constant communications were held with employees around the year focusing on acceptable and encouraged workplace behaviour. Classroom sessions on leading by example and inculcating professional and ethical behaviours amongst subordinates were conducted for supervisors. Furthermore, multiple mechanisms are in place for employees to raise concerns.

A Grievance Committee, made up of cross-functional employees, is accessible by all employees for raising concerns. In 2018, the Committee was broad-based to increase junior level representation. The “Reach Out” programme continued to provide support for female employees, enabling them to raise professional or personal difficulties and seek advice. Senior Management was also encouraged to interact with their indirect subordinates in one-on-one “skip level” sessions to provide an avenue for junior employees to raise ideas and concerns. Moreover, the Bank practices an open-door policy which facilitates all employees having easy and direct access to Management at all levels, including the CEO. Dedicated and confidential phone lines are in place for employees to directly get in touch with the Chairman and CEO for whistleblowing or conveying their grievances. Periodic “open days” are also organised for the same purpose. The Human Resources Department conducted initiatives throughout the year, including the Business Partner programme, and regular branch visits for one-on-one engagement with employees.

In 2018, six incidents were reported under the “Reach Out” programme and 19 to the Grievance Committee. All incidents were investigated, addressed, and officially closed.

Learning and growth

DFCC Bank continues to invest time and resources in the professional and personal development of its staff, providing them with the relevant knowledge, competencies, skills, and exposure that can help them unleash their potential.

The Bank’s annual training plan, formulated through feedback from development plans, focus group discussions and inputs from business heads, encompassed a variety of technical and soft skills programmes as well as regulatory-focused skilling opportunities. Employees were also able to take advantage of individually targeted training and coaching opportunities, job rotations, special projects and enrichment opportunities, based on their individual development and advancement requirements.

In 2018, 6,794 participants attended 425 programmes. 175 of these programmes were organised in-house utilising both internal and external resource persons. A total of 73,040 learning hours were accumulated during the year. The e-learning platform proved to be a popular learning tool amongst the Bank’s regionally dispersed workforce, with 11,655 participants recording 16,396 learning hours during the year. 90% of respondents in an annual survey rated the platform as “very satisfactory”.

Multiple career development programmes are in place that target individuals at different stages of career progression. The “Ascension” programme focuses on preparing high-potential employees to take on higher level roles and had 45 participants during the year; five participants successfully went on to take on higher job responsibilities. The “Rise” programme focuses on individuals who are facing performance difficulties and had 18 participants undergoing varied development measures. A programme is also in place to assist and monitor the performance of junior level employees who have changed job roles to ensure that assistance is available to them as they adapt to their new functions. 25 participants are currently participating in this programme and 18 participants have successfully exited the programme after reaching expected competency levels.


The employee base grew by 293 in 2018 due to the continued expansion of the branch network and introduction of new business offerings and services. 72.4% of new recruits were for junior level positions. The Bank aims to promote staff internally to management level positions, however, seven management level recruitments were done during the year for positions where internal skills were not available. 61.4% of new hires were sourced for expansion of the branch network, with 10 new branches being opened during the year.

Appreciation and rewards

DFCC Bank considers recognition and appreciation to be pivotal in engaging and motivating employees. Multiple initiatives were conducted during the year, including the Annual Awards Night held at the Hilton Colombo Residencies, which recognises high achievers in various fields, and an awards ceremony during the Bank’s Annual Dinner Dance. A sales convention was held in Negombo in April and was attended by 127 members of the Bank’s sales force from across the island, where they actively engaged with each other and shared ideas. The “Leaders Club” was a new initiative introduced during the year, where high achievers in the sales field were recognised. Those from the salesforce who exceeded their targets by 200% enter the club and receive an elite badge along with special recognition and development opportunities. 2018 saw 21 employees receiving entry into the club.

The “Rewarding Excellence” programmes and other regional and department employee appreciation schemes are held to ensure that employee achievements are recognised and appreciated. An annual budget is provided to every department and branch to assist with team building activities, and they are encouraged to appoint a social director within their units to drive and organise unit level celebrations and social activities. This resulted in more employee social interaction and an integrated team culture.

Benefits provided to full-time employees

Employment type Housing loan Vehicle loan* Exam* Professional subscription* Social club gymnasium* Miscellaneous/ staff loan Festival advance** MBA loan Holiday grant***
Contract x x x x x x x x x

* Executive Trainees and Management Trainees on fixed term contracts will also be provided

** Only for N0n-Executive staff

*** Based on the offer of employment, may also be provided to contract staff