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3 things you didn’t know about working for Aviva

Category: Blogger's Corner

Aviva has many thriving networks. Aviva Pride, AvivAbility and Aviva Origins Employee Resource Groups encourage employees to be themselves at work. The culture celebrates difference and creates a smart workplace. Search current vacancies with Aviva here.

Aviva also puts itself at the forefront of driving change in the way employers recruit and look after their workers to ensure a supportive and inclusive culture. Check out the following three areas where Aviva is leading the charge as a responsible employer.

1) Gender parity

Aviva continues to strengthen its focus on improving gender balance across the Group at every level. The next generations of female leaders are being actively supported.

Aviva signed the UK Government’s Women in Finance Charter. The company’s three-year targets as a charter signatory are:

  • Women will make up 30% of its Group Executive team.
  • Women in the Leadership program will develop Aviva’s pipeline of women Leaders

Aviva takes measures to address some of the barriers that disproportionately affect women in the workplace. Some examples are the introduction of equal paid parental leave and support for employees with caring responsibilities.

2) Mental Health

Did you know that 16 million people in the UK experience a mental health problem every year? Stress is a key factor affecting people’s mental health. Aviva supports the Time to Change movement to help stamp out mental health discrimination.

Dr Doug Wright, medical director at Aviva, knows the importance of early intervention by medical professionals. He urges all employers to look at the health and wellbeing initiatives on offer to their staff. People need to have a breadth of options available to support them. Wright explains, “Doing so will reap rewards for both employee and employer. We believe in this so much it’s something we are doing for our own staff already.”

Aviva boosts mental health in the workplace by joining with initiatives that encourage open conversations. For example, staff members are invited to give gifts to people they’re grateful for and make gratitude pledges. Taking part in ‘pause for thought’ sessions helps everyone focus on things in life they appreciate. In turn, this has a positive effect on mental health for both individuals and workplace cultures.

3) Ageing workforce

Aviva helps millions of people save for the future and prepare for the unexpected. The aim is to be there for all life’s twists and turns. That’s also true for the company’s employees. Aviva makes sure they’re supported every step of the way, with access to anything they need to flourish.

Aviva recognises how crucial a diverse workforce is and celebrates its people and their different backgrounds, interests, perspectives, and experiences. It believes in the importance of reflecting the variety of its customers through the variety of people in its teams.

Aviva offers financial security and stability, without losing that all-important work/life balance – things that are particularly valued by older workers.

Aviva provides thorough training and preparation for employees stepping into new roles. Each of its people has access to one-to-one coaching, online learning, skills programmes, and formal qualifications.

If you’d like to find out more about working for Aviva, you can search available vacancies here.

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