Allianz has worked hard to support its employees through periods of change. Anna Stavropoulos, Allianz General Manager (Human Resources), says that even prior to the pandemic, Allianz was in the middle of a significant transformation that included exploring what future ways of working could look like.
“If anything, the pandemic accelerated our focus and enabled us to ramp up the technology transformation needed to embrace flexible and agile working, while highlighting the importance of collaboration and customer focus,” Anna says.
She explains that leaders at Allianz have pivoted towards the issue of inclusion in the workforce, regardless of whether employees are working remotely or in the office.
“Our leaders have helped our people embrace our hybrid Ways of Working (WOW) by building on our culture of collaboration and looking for opportunities to build virtual and in-person points of connection.”
She adds that the shift to a hybrid working model has required different levels of support for people at different times.
“We’ve built learning modules and a ‘Learn, Test, Reflect’ cycle into our adoption of hybrid working,” she says. “This empowers our people with learnings on hybrid best practice, equips them to decide what hybrid looks like for their team and allows them to test and reflect on the model they design.”
Employee expectations about how we work have changed so considerably that flexibility is a must when considering how to work better. A hybrid way of working is the most sustainable long-term model given the balance it affords both employees and employers. But its success will rely on maximising how virtual tools are used.
“Technology is a key enabler,” Anna says, “but the extent to which employers adopt virtual tools that support a seamless employee experience will be crucial to making the hybrid model work.”
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