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Aon. Lockdown and Me - Holly Dingley

Category: testimonial, Aon, Flexible Working, Flexible, Working from Home, Insurance, What Our People Say, Staff Testimonial, home working, remote working, COVID-19, flexibility, covid

Flexible Working

Where do I start.

We are all navigating our way through a situation that feels to me like something from a movie! If you told me this time last year we would be in lockdown and amid a global pandemic, I am not sure I would have believed it.

As individuals we are all having to adapt to a new way of life and working. I wanted to share my experience over the last couple of months and how Aon have supported my colleagues and I with the transition.

'Panic' is the word to best describe how I felt when Boris announced on Monday 23 March 2020 that we were officially in 'lockdown'. My panic was heighted because I had exchanged contracts on a property and was due to move on Friday 27 March. Luckily, the move went ahead, and I found myself in a new home and working from home 5 days a week.

Aon have always been committed to developing working practices that support work-life balance and agile working. Pre-lockdown, my preference was to be in the office four days per week, with one at home. I enjoy being around people, working in an office environment and the structure it brings to my day/weeks…the list could go on!

I don’t want to dwell on the negatives but share some of the positives I have experienced.

I previously wrote an article posted on LinkedIn, titled 'Life at Aon – Flexible working, mental health and my experience!'. In general, most people appreciate the importance and benefits of going to the gym from a physical standpoint, but for me the benefits from a mental health and wellbeing perspective are equally important. I used to go to the gym five/six times a week, so I knew to maintain a balance in the 'new world' I had to adapt and change my form of exercise quickly.

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As much as I love exercise, I have never considered myself a 'runner' and would choose other forms of cardio exercise (basically avoid running at all cost!). Three months into lockdown I now have the running bug as they say! I can run 5K comfortably, with a personal best of 26 mins on my 30th birthday in June (I wanted to get under 30 mins by my 30th – showing my competitive side here!). I always said I couldn’t run, but it’s just a case of mind over matter.

As well as running, I have been enjoying home HIT workouts at the start of the day and lots of walking to ensure I get those important steps in. It’s been great to explore the surrounding areas which I most likely wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. All in all, being able to adapt quickly to a new routine has helped me stay active, physically and mentally, through these uncertain times.

As the Covid-19 crisis deepened and home working was required, Aon informed us that we could purchase some essential kit (up to a specific figure). This generous offer immediately eased some anxiety and concerns that I had. I purchased a laptop riser, keyboard and mouse; to be able to work from home in comfort which has been invaluable.

I feel more connected to my team than ever before. Conversations these day always start with firstly 'how are you' bringing an immediate personal touch. To keep connected and engaged as a team we have virtual coffees, our regular lunchtime lockdown quiz and even a HIT session, hosted by me #HITWITHHOLLY.

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We have had our very own Talent Acqusition Big Brother challenge, where for the last two months we have been set a daily task to complete. This brings our team together and makes us smile each day – credit to Aaron Tait for creating the daily tasks and challenges! Our team have truly come together as Aon United.

We all have different personal circumstances, and aside from my personal experience, it’s great to see Aon be supportive of colleagues around me. The communication and guidance from our CEO Greg Case and Aon’s leadership team has been impressive. It is clear that the health and safety of colleagues and clients is a priority. I would also like to acknowledge our Talent Acquisition leaders. Initially there was the need for constant change, as we addressed how to interview and onboard new joiners in the new remote working world. The Talent Acqusition leadership team helped us navigate through these challenges with relative ease. #Aonunited has never meant more than it feels now.

 This really makes me proud so say 'I’m from Aon'!

 It would be great to hear from you about your recent work experiences and how other companies are adjusting to Covid-19.

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Holly Dingley

Holly Dingley

Recruitment Business Partner at Aon


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