Disability Inclusion Group
The Disability Inclusion Group (DIG) has been set up as part of our on-going aim to build a high performing, inclusive culture where everyone is comfortable to be themselves, has equal opportunity for career progression and where people with disabilities find it easy to deal with us. Our mission is to help Zurich in the UK be recognised as an inclusive organisation; to remove any barriers that hinder this; and to promote equal opportunities for all so that employees, customers and other stakeholders, irrespective of ability, find Zurich to be a caring and understanding employer and insurer.
We have our own charity, the Zurich Community Trust (ZCT). From providing financial support with contributions to our communities of over £3m a year, to providing practical help and guidance, we make a huge difference to people’s lives and our communities alongside the day job. Over 40% of our employees get involved in charitable activity. If you want to get involved, all our employees can take up to 3 paid days a year for volunteering whether it’s through programmes organised by ZCT or a charity that’s close to your own heart. Please click here for more information.
Zurich are very proud to be part of this. We look after our own people. We support and promote physical and mental wellbeing among our employees. And we are committed to a vibrant, inclusive culture of diverse people where everyone feels able to be themselves at work.
Zurich has introduced agile working (which we call 'FlexWork') in order to maximise productivity, wellbeing and engagement. Employees are empowered to work where, when and how they choose with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints in order to meet business needs.
It allows individuals to work in a way that helps them balance the changing needs of their lives as well as those of their various stakeholders, including customers and colleagues. FlexWork might involve flexing locations, working hours or style. FlexWork also underpins our diversity and inclusion strategy as it enables some of our colleagues to work who wouldn't otherwise be able to, due to disability or caring responsibilities.
We look to hire great people and we encourage and support those people to give their best.
The success of our business is built on the contributions of our highly talented employees – people who work every day to position us at the forefront of the insurance industry.
Learning and Development
From February 2015 new joiners will be required to attend a 2-day ‘Welcome to Zurich’ workshop. With over 800 new joiners in 2014, it is important that Zurich provides a consistent, informative and professional joining experience that meets regulatory requirements. A required online corporate induction programme is also available to support more senior appointees. In addition, a global new joiner programme, introduced in 2013 and embedded throughout 2014, is used across the UK business areas to cement the vital relationship between the managers and team members.
Our Managing Essentials Programme aims to embed best practice in recruitment, diversity, inclusive leadership, managing conflict, performance management and coaching skills. It is required training for all newly appointed managers and has been externally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Insurance.
Our group-wide Performance Management System (GPMS) ensures a consistent approach to managing employees’ performance and development. GPMS supports the alignment of individual and business objectives, enabling performance ratings to be comparable across the global organisation.
All employees are required to have a Zurich Commitment-related objective. The objective sets out how we will actively care for our stakeholders (customers, people, shareholders and the communities in which we live and work) and how we demonstrate our core values – Zurich Basics – on everything we do. The objective has a minimum weight of 30% for the Zurich leadership team and 20% for all other employees.
All employees are encouraged to own their individual development and have an Individual Development Plan (IDP).
With about 55,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries we aspire to become the best global insurerer as measured by our shareholders, customers and employees.
If you use our help, you’ll become one of millions of customers safe in the hands of an insurer that forms part of a leading global insurance group. We’ve got more than 130 years’ experience of giving people the financial answers they’re looking for, and you’ll find us in more than 170 countries.
And to make sure that help’s always there, we have about 60,000 employees worldwide, including 11,000 in the UK.
We’re working to become the UK’s leading provider of financial services, giving you customer service you’ve never experienced before.
We’re committed to ‘doing the right thing, in the right way and for the right reason’ for you, our employees and the communities we work in.
Diversity & Inclusion Highlights
• - Launch of Pride@Zurich, Zurich’s global LGBT Network
• - Launched Role Models’ guide
• - Held our second Diversity and Inclusion week, with the theme of ‘Intersectionality’
• - Participation and founding member of GIN (the Insurance Industry’s Gender Inclusion Network)
• - Growth of our four employee resource groups - Cultural Awareness Network (CAN), Women’s Innovation Network (WIN), Disability Inclusion Group (DIG) and UK Pride, with a combined total of 1000 members
• - Signed the Women in Finance Charter
• - Founder signatory of the Inclusivity Pledge - an insurance sector initiative demonstrating our commitment to a culture where inclusive behaviours are the norm and where everyone is accepting of diversity. – meno