Our people

We are an organisation where diverse talents come together globally to apply fresh perspectives and knowledge to make the world more resilient.

Our vision is to ensure our employees find meaning in their work and have a deep sense of purpose. We aim to also ensure they have an attractive, flexible and inclusive work environment. We are constantly looking for new ways to improve the wellbeing of our people and prepare for the changing needs of the future, drawing on the knowhow and experience of our diverse workforce. We collaborate in the spirit of “Let’s be smarter together”, convinced that only by doing so can we maximise our full potential. We are passionate about building an environment of trust, respect and responsibility, in which how we achieve results is every bit as important as what we achieve.

Listening to our employees

We foster a culture of open dialogue and frequent and regular feedback at all levels, where employees and managers alike engage in regular, personal dialogue.  We want to assess our progress in fostering an engaging, open and inclusive work environment and an agile, commercial culture, which are both key to our present and future success.

For the past six years (since 2015) we continuously seek feedback from all our employees in a more formal manner through regular Employee Surveys, run by our external provider Kincentric. Besides helping to foster an engaging, inclusive and agile culture, it has also enabled us to measure progress against the objectives of our people strategy.

International team

Swiss Re is a global company headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, with a presence in all major markets and more than 30 countries. As of 31 December 2020, we employed 13 189 people (regular staff) from 121 nationalities, equalling 12 127 full-time equivalents. 54% work in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), 26% in the Americas and 20% in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

Our people split by region

Age/ Generation

Our multigenerational workforce is here to stay. People are living longer lives and increasingly want to remain active in the workforce till more advanced ages. The average age of the workforce will therefore increase over time, and multigenerational workforces will become more commonplace. Therefore, generational management to address potential age group biases is key. This starts with busting the myths around each generation, which hinder the development of effective intergenerational collaboration. Swiss Re Switzerland has been proactively addressing this issue with the Flex-work approach.

More recently, we asked colleagues from around the world what they love about working at Swiss Re. Read their stories or have a look at our video to learn more about us.

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