Aon South Africa and Aon Benfield have been awarded the exclusive Top Employers South Africa 2018 certification.
Crucial to the Top Employers process is that participating companies must complete a stringent research process and meet the required high standard to achieve the certification. To further reinforce the validity of the process, all answers were independently audited. The Top Employers Institute assessed Aon’s employee offerings on the following criteria:
- Talent Strategy
- Workforce Planning
- Learning & Development
- Performance Management
- Leadership Development
- Career & Succession Management
- Compensation & Benefits
“We invest heavily in value creation for our clients and stakeholders and it starts with understanding and driving employee engagement. Our aim is to create an environment where employees are inspired to reach their full potential and thereby enhance organisational value by delivering the very best service and outcomes for clients. We believe in creating opportunities for personal and professional growth to the benefit of the company, our clients, our people and the insurance industry in general. That means putting people at the heart of the business and being intentional about growing them. Entering the Top Employer Awards was an opportunity for us to rate our performance against our peers and industry, uncover and improve on any gaps and build further on the successes. Receiving the award of Top Employer 2018 in our very first year of entering is a great validation of our efforts towards being the employer of choice in our industry,” explains Zanele Dintwa, head of employee engagement & HR business partner at Aon South Africa.
“Our people strategy is premised on being the employer destination of choice for great people leaders and experts, and to grow and develop our people within Aon on this dual career path. This demands an environment that fosters learning and provides clear direction for career advancement, encompassing everything from career paths, professional development, continued education, advancement opportunities, mentorship programs and progressive compensation and benefits structures,” adds Zanele.
Aon embraces the diversity that comes with being a multinational business, employing people of multifaceted talents and cultures, leveraging the best talent in each local market, and supplementing any gaps with skills from global business units, transferring skills and knowledge in the process.
“Aon’s Global Talent Mobility opportunities are very attractive especially to the millennial employee who strives for international work experience and exposure. It allows operations to import talent to bring significant knowledge and international experience which directly benefits local employees and it also provides opportunities for local employees to be seconded as expatriates into other countries where Aon has business operations. It is here where they gain exposure to the range of functional and geographical issues they can expect to encounter as future leaders and experts. We service a multinational client base with global challenges, so it makes sense for our people to have experience across multiple geographies. And it is fundamental to our ability to deliver a universal Aon experience for our clients, no matter where in the world they find themselves,” says Zanele.
Terence Williams, CEO of Aon South Africa, says that one of the key drivers in Aon’s employee engagement and talent management strategy is to contribute towards reducing the skills shortage in the insurance industry.
“Through career pathing, mentorship programmes, learning and development, graduate and internship programmes, as well as a focus on transformation, we aim to contribute towards growing the skills base in our industry. As risk advisors, our role is to provide professional, qualified advice, so it’s essential to grow our people across both technical and management competencies. Our work in developing, mentoring and upskilling new talent, as well as matching that with mentorship from very experienced veterans of the industry, contributes significantly to the growth and sustainability of the insurance sector. Our achievement of Top Employer certification is affirmation of our commitment to inclusive transformation, ensuring that all our colleagues are correctly matched to jobs, skilled and technically competent so that we have empowered and balanced employees who are able to master their current work requirements with a view to advancement and up-skilling,” explains Williams.