The New Year began with a memorable day at Abans Service, as the entire 800-strong workforce of Abans Service, gathered to celebrate the New Year festivities on 1 January.
Abans Chairperson Aban Pestonjee announced the names of employees who had completed over 20 years of service, at Abans and presented them with a plaque of special recognition and cash awards.
The longstanding employees who were felicitated were; L.H.N. Susantha (27 years), M.G. Sirisena (23 years), G. Liyanage (28 years), Ranjith Gomes (24 years), K.D.A.D. Dammika (22 years), E.K.P. Dayaratne (22 years), Sepalika Botheju (24 years), Lalith Gunawardene (29 years), Lalith Jayasinghe (22 years), A.D. Krishantha (22 years) Sisira Kumara (21 years), Indika Wickremasinghe (21 years), M.L. Haniffa (29 years) and W.P. Seetha (26 years).
Presenting the awards, Aban Pestonjee stated: “I thank you all for working hard with enthusiasm and dedication everyday towards the success of Abans. I would like to thank these exemplary individuals very especially, for been loyal to Abans, for such a staggering period of time. Even though I may not find the time to appreciate your hard work each and every day or as often as I would like, I wish to remind you that I truly appreciate the long hours you have dedicated towards Abans.”
The Chairperson of Abans further stated: “Abans is committed to offer every possible assistance, to those who work dedicatedly at Abans. Many of you have come a long journey from young school leavers to seasoned professionals in your field after two decades of commendable service. “Abans Service is also ensuring that more and more newcomers to the company will be given a thorough training which will fast track them towards achieving their fullest potential and make them the best at what they do. More of you will be selected to train overseas in this coming year in order to infuse our company with the fruits of the knowledge and experience you gain.”
The compere also caught up with some of the felicitated staff. Sepalika Botheju, a 24-year veteran of Abans Service said, “I have many happy memories at Abans Service. Over the years, I have turned down the chance to work elsewhere because the management has been very caring towards us.” “The single most important reason why I continue to serve at Abans Service is because of the humble, down-to-earth nature of its management and staff” said a beaming staffer Lalith Gunawardene, who clearly has had many memorable days at Abans Service, throughout his 29 years at the company.
As a company, Abans Service could reflect back to a long, remarkable journey. The company grew from humble beginnings with only one staff member at the inception, to a dedicated workforce of over 800, spanning across 14 branches in major towns spread throughout the country. This includes its fully computerised multi-storey modern head office at No. 506B, Galle Road, Wellawatte. Abans Service is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and the experience of overseas trained technicians.
Abans customer service also extends its service to smaller towns through its network of 70 authorised service agents. Abans Service centre provides 24 hours emergency service, mobile service for home repairs, as well as the very recently launched mobile service bus, which provides exceptional customer service right at their doorstep. Abans Service centre Wellawatta, also provides ‘super service’ where the technicians attend to repairs over the counter and ‘quick service’ which is a one-day repair service.
Employees are the backbone of a company. As long as they are happy and know that they belong, there is very little that cannot be achieved. Abans Service understands this very well.