We know how important it is for our people to feel supported — especially when it comes to having a child. By being there for them through those critical first steps of parenting, we give them the support they need to balance home and work life, and to ultimately feel good about coming back to work.
Supporting parents for a more diverse industry
That’s why in March 2016, the Aviva Group introduced our New Parent Coaching Programme.
This is a great benefit for staff returning to work from maternity leave, and I hope they continue to offer it.
However someone plans to become a parent, and whatever their gender, our personalised, confidential workshops provide advice and support both pre-leave and on returning to work.
We’re right by parents’ sides in four key areas:
- Maintaining a happy home and working life balance
- Exploring childcare options
- Sustaining good relationships with relevant stakeholders while on leave
- Managing performance levels and focusing on career momentum
As part of this programme, we also provide information and advice on how to support new parents through the maternity and paternity process.
Since its launch, more than 30 employees have been supported through their parental leave. This is a programme that continuously drives positive results and receives overwhelmingly positive feedback, enabling teams to thrive and talent to be nurtured.
Programmes such as this also help encourage women to return to work and continue to be well-represented across all levels. By implementing these changes to support our people, we are building a more inclusive and diverse investment industry — and an Aviva Investors we can all be proud of.