Shaping the future of work

Swiss Re hosts Advance conference about 'The Future of Work'.

More than 220 participants gathered at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue in Rüschlikon (Switzerland) on 4 March for the Advance Conference 2016. Advance is an association and network that aims to increase the share of women in leading positions in Swiss companies.  

This year's conference was devoted to 'The Future of Work' and the role women play in it. The way we approach work is changing significantly as companies aim for greater efficiency while securing the best talents.

Swiss Re’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Nigel Fretwell opened by saying that agile working is a key topic for Swiss Re. "The multi-generational workforce brings new challenges and expectations to the workplace. Therefore Swiss Re needs to foster a flexible, agile and highly collaborative environment that embraces diverse work styles," he added. 

Alison Maitland, author of the international bestseller "Future Work - Changing Organizational Culture for the New World of Work" introduced the topic and gave her insights on adapting corporate culture and leadership to the digital age.

Prof. Gudrun Sander of the Competence Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of St. Gallen HSG then presented some thought-provoking empirical insights on how flexible working models affect career paths. She concluded that gender has no impact on career development, but part-time work does. Remarkably, she noted that, unlike part-time work, flexible working arrangements and maternity leave have no negative impact on careers. To round off the day, experts shared their views and experiences in a panel discussion. They agreed unanimously: companies must create progressive working conditions and cannot afford not to take the expectations of well-qualified women seriously.


About Advance:
Advance was founded following an initiative by female executives from ten leading Swiss based companies. It is a non-profit association and is funded through an annual subscription fee paid by the member companies. Founding members include ABB, Cembra Money Bank, Credit Suisse, IKEA, McKinsey & Company, PwC, Sandoz, Siemens and Swiss Re.


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Advance: Empowering Women in Swiss Business (external site)

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