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Solving complex challenges. Impacting the future. Taking a business somewhere completely new. Just some of the things you could be doing at Willis Towers Watson, as you help clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth.
We are united as one Willis Towers Watson in our commitment to inclusion and diversity. We also recognise that a “one size fits all” approach doesn’t work, which is why we have an Inclusion & Diversity Council in each of our four geographies, supported by our Inclusion Networks. We currently have five inclusion networks in the UK – Women and Supporters, Multicultural, LGBT+, Workability and Young Professionals. Our Inclusion networks are company-supported communities that engage our talent and better connect us to each other, our clients and the communities in which we work and live.
We also recognise that colleagues have more roles than just their day job, that’s why our total rewards philosophy incorporates programmes and opportunities to support your growth, performance and work-life integration. It’s no wonder that we’ve won numerous awards for our unwavering commitment to I&D.
As part of our vision to be an employer of choice for diverse talent and in line with the Paradigm for Parity Roadmap we are committed to finding opportunities to foster flexibility in the workplace. Whenever business and client demands allow, we look for creative ways to help colleagues more effectively blend work and personal life.
By offering flexibility in how and where work is done, and basing career progress on contribution and performance – not on presence in the office – we empower our colleagues to do their best work, be most productive and help us achieve our business goals.
Sadie Scaife, a Senior Director in Willis Towers Watson’s Retirement practice, works 3.5 days a week, choosing to do so in order to balance the demands of a senior role at work with her family life. Sadie leads a diverse team of over 60 specialist professionals which help pension schemes reduce risk through a combination of data solutions, member option exercises, insurance transactions and project management services. She is a qualified actuary with over 15 years’ experience across insurance and pensions and was promoted to the management team whilst working part time due to her extensive experience in her specialist areas, her high energy, drive and commitment to growth, her ability to deal with ambiguity and her ability to motivate others.
“I’m honoured to have been included in the Timewise 2018 Power 50 awards. In an organisation such as Willis Towers Watson, which already supports a large number of part time and flexible workers, it is great to be able to demonstrate how career progression can continue regardless of working patterns. I hope this will give others – men as well as women – who are considering changing working patterns to fit with their other major commitments, the confidence to go for it.”
Willis Towers Watson is a strong supporters of flexible working and the benefits it brings both to colleagues and to its business. The company supports flexibility in the firm belief that it empowers and helps colleagues strike a healthy balance between work and life.
How do you manage a flexible team? Claire Nightingale is Global Head of Finex Financial Institutions Claims Advocacy at Willis Towers Watson, the multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company. She has built a flexible team and says the benefits for business are significant in terms of hiring and retaining the best talent.
Claire started working for Willis Towers Watson around 10 years ago, moving over from an investment bank. Over the years Claire, who has two children, had worked different patterns.
When she joined the company it was into a new role and with an opportunity to build a new team. She made it clear she wanted to work a four-day week, in part so she could be around more for her children who were at primary school at the time, for which she received support from her manager.
Claire continued to work a four-day week until last year. Now one of her children is in sixth form and the other is at university so the flexibility of being at home one day a week isn’t as important. While Claire worked a four-day week, her day off was fixed, but she would on occasion and if necessary move the day in order to ensure there was no impact on client-facing work.
Claire’s working pattern and attitude has inspired others to join her team. Caroline Sawyer is a claims advocate at Willis Towers Watson.
She joined Claire’s team on secondment from a law firm at the end of 2014. At the time she was pregnant. During her maternity leave she left her law firm and started working for Willis Towers Watson in 2016.
She says: “I enjoyed the kind of work I was doing at Willis Towers Watson on secondment and as Claire and another member of the team were working part time I could see that I could combine an interesting career and high quality work with spending time with my children.”
Like Claire, she works four days a week, but her schedule is more fixed because her children are still at preschool. If there are urgent client-facing issues Claire or another colleague will ensure the work is done, although she says it is often possible to structure client-facing meetings or calls to take place around her day off.
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