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Aon - Lockdown and Me

Category: testimonial, Aon, Flexible Working, Flexible, Staff Testimonial, Insuranace, flexiblity, home working

Flexible Working.

Like most people I have had to adapt to a new way of working in recent weeks. I wanted to share my experience and how Aon have supported me in making it a seamless transition. As a business, Aon have always promoted Agile working, with the benefit and appreciation of this style being conveyed through the annual employee engagement survey.

Before “lockdown” I enjoyed being able to work out of the office 4 days of the week and having a day working from home. I have adopted this working pattern for much of the time I have worked in Talent Acquisition at Aon. As I like the office environment and camaraderie you get being around colleagues, I often wondered what it would be like to be a full-time home worker.

The messaging from local and global Leadership at Aon, advising people to work from home started long before “lockdown”, with early travel restrictions and other measures being put in place. I felt at the time Aon was very much on the front foot, not just in terms of planning but how messages were being communicated.

When the instruction came through that all the offices were to be closed, we were advised that we could buy some kit (to a certain value) to help employees set up as remote workers. I purchased a monitor, keyboard and mouse and from that moment could work comfortably and effectively from home.

Now we are a few weeks into the new way of working and with the impact of Coivd-19 becoming clearer for everyone, my initial impressions of being part of an organisation on the front foot haven’t changed. The communication from global Leadership is regular and concise, which results in me feeling “being a part of it”.

The communication from my immediate management team has been equally impressive. Navigating new logistically and process challenges have been made significantly easier by good leadership.

Yes, I do miss working in an office as I like the team I am part of and the client groups I support. However, the team has worked extremely hard to stay connected during this challenging time. We have regular catch ups (group and individual), with the preference being by Webex/video. Also, we have been having virtual coffee/lunch meetings, quizzes and other fun initiatives (some more corporate than others!). Aon technology has allowed us to do all of this without much fuss.

I have always enjoyed my time at Aon, but the past few weeks have made my affinity with my team, Aon and the brand even stronger.

It would be great to hear from you about your recent work experiences and how other companies are adjusting.

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