Supporting you during different life phases

Own The Way You Work (OTWYW) is as a comprehensive programme to promote agile working. In alignment with the needs of clients and colleagues, our people appreciate being largely free to organise their day, whether it's choosing where to work or how to manage their time.

But there's more to agile working than having flexible hours and managing them. We've enriched our vision for the way we work at Swiss Re with cutting-edge technology and flexible workplace solutions. These shape an ambitious and creative company culture, where everyone performs at their best, individually and collectively.

OTWYW is an integral part of the Swiss Re culture. It's a mutual commitment between the company and the individual, between the team and each team member, between the line manager and the employee.

Meet some of our people as they explain what Own The Way You Work means for them.

Matthew Wang, Client Manager, Life & Health China, Beijing

"At Swiss Re, we all live flexibility every day."

With Own The Way You Work, I can choose when and how to do my job. If I want to fit in a workout at the gym or avoid rush hour traffic, I can go to the office late or leave early. My manager trusts me to decide how best to meet my responsibilities. Unlike at a more traditional company, it’s our results – not face time – that count here. 

It feels good to know that if something unexpected comes up in my private life, I can deal with it without compromising my work. One time I accidentally locked my parents, who were visiting from out of town, out of my apartment before going to the office. Instead of making them wait till the evening, I was able to head straight home to let them in and, thanks to the company’s strong IT solutions, to take part in a work call on the way.

At Swiss Re, flexibility isn’t just something that’s written in the employee handbook We live it every day.

Lavanya Ramamurthy, Section Head Data Management Asia and successful multitasker, Bangalore

"Own The Way You Work is the oil in my professional life that helps me shift gears whenever required."

For me, OTWYW revolves around how you as an individual work best, from your preferred location and timing to the infrastructure you need to be effective. It’s the oil in my professional life that helps me shift gears whenever required. And it’s why I’m able to deliver for my team as well as to be there for my two children. 

Swiss Re rolled out Own The Way You Work around the time my mother was diagnosed with a severe illness. My brother and I were responsible for her care. After discussing the situation with my manager, I was offered a remote working arrangement that allowed me to support my mother whilst developing an important business opportunity for Swiss Re that happened to come up at the same time.

Flexible working depends on trust. I lead a team of eight people, nearly all of them parents like me. We keep each other in the loop one-to-one and as a group, but I don’t monitor what everyone’s doing all the time. Their high performance speaks for itself.

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Jana Liskova, HR Advisor and Ph.D. Student, Bratislava

"As long as I give the business top priority, I am free to work whenever and wherever it suits me."

For me, Own The Way You Work means freedom – the freedom to pursue my Ph.D. in psychology (focused on leadership) while doing an interesting job where I can apply what I’m learning. My studies require me to teach, take classes and do research, which is a lot when you’re also working full time.

During the semester, I leave the office around 12pm few times a week and head for school. If I have a work meeting in the afternoon, I can join remotely and still be available for my students later on. After that, I return to the office or attend a sports class and work from home. The arrangement works well thanks to very open communication with my manager and the rest of my team.

When I talk to people who are new to the company, I explain OTWYW this way: as long as you give the business top priority, you’re free to work whenever and wherever it suits you.

Bindu Sannehalli Govindaiah, Senior Technical Accountant and new mum, Bangalore

"Self-motivation and discipline are important to making remote work successful."

With Own The Way You Work, I can give focus and attention to my job as well as my family. Having the option to work from home, in particular, has made my life easier. After my six-month maternity leave, it helped me get back to my previous responsibilities step by step whilst spending precious time with my daughter.

Self-motivation and discipline are important to building the buy-in and trust you need to make remote work successful. I don’t say yes to everything, and I’m choosy about timelines. That’s because if I say I’ll do something, I really do it. My manager and my team care about my results, not how many hours I spend in the office, though I do make a point of never missing face-to-face meetings. 

My advice to job seekers? If you’re looking for work-life balance and a good career, Swiss Re is a great place to work

Tim Yu, Senior Client Manager Property & Casualty China, Beijing

"I can be there for my family when they need me most."

At the more traditional company where I used to be, it was difficult to keep personal day-time commitments that were important to me, such as attending family day at my daughter’s kindergarten. Thanks to Own The Way You Work I can be there for my family when they need me the most.

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the benefits of Own The Way You Work not only for me personally, but also for our business and clients. While the situation has been challenging, our flexible work practices and solutions made the transition to remote working a lot easier. Even before the pandemic, some clients told me they appreciate the flexibility we have at Swiss Re – it’s making it easier for them to do business with us.

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