It is important to us that our employees can always put their families first. Therefore, we offer a range of programmes, services and support in a number of locations.
The Parents@Swiss Re brochure provides our parents with important information on pregnancy and parenthood. From how to inform their line manager, to balancing family and work, the brochure contains helpful background information on labour law and the solutions Swiss Re offers.
In general, our employees can count on diverse options such as additional family allowance, one-off childbirth allowance, additional paid maternity and paternity leave, or the option to take unpaid leave. These benefits are tailored to the local needs of our workforce and therefore differ from region to region. In Bratislava – one of our high-growth locations – we introduced the concept of maternity buddies in 2015: Every mother on maternity leave has a “maternity buddy”, who informs her about current activities in the team while she is on maternity leave.
To accommodate the needs of working parents, we have a number of initiatives in place. Last year, approximately 130 children in Switzerland attended our one-week vacation programmes during the spring and summer school holidays, enabling their parents to continue working. We also offer a number of reserved places at day care centres in and around Zurich. Furthermore, our external childcare provider helps parents find emergency nannies and gives guidance in all questions related to childcare.