The pandemic has highlighted the need for strategic management of the changed workplace to ensure people continue to in their careers and emphasised the importance of maintaining networks, according to Barbara Schönhofer, founder and chair of the ISC Group, in her foreword to Intelligent Insurer's Diversity and Inclusion Report 2021.
As we look back at 2020, it is fair to say that as an industry we have come to realise there are different ways of working that can be more efficient in our companies and businesses. The experience of last year has shown to many people that diverse thinking is important for their business to stay relevant.
We have also learned that people have been impacted in different ways depending on their home circumstances. Wellbeing is now recognised as more relevant to the work-life balance and the ability to contribute. Overall we have dropped the highly corporate approach, mucked in together and developed a much deeper understanding of each other.
For the ISC Group, working from home (WFH) in the wake of the pandemic has been game-changing for us and our members. It’s true that some can’t wait to get back to the office, but the majority have expressed their desire for a hybrid approach and want to build greater flexibility into work-life. No-one misses the commute on filthy and crowded trains or the international travel that eats into family time.
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