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Multicolored success: Showcase projects of the group companies

Kooperativa Czech Republic: Baby Office

Group company Kooperativa in Prague wants to improve the work-life balance of its employees, and installed a “baby office” to support employees with children. It contains a children’s play area and even a changing table, together with four normal workplaces. The parents can do their work while the children play in their area. Although Kooperativa provided many toys for them to play with, it is also interested in their education. It therefore included an interactive wall they can use to learn playfully about street safety. The baby office was installed to give parents the opportunity to bring their children to work in exceptional situations, thereby improving the balance between work and family in their lives. There are plans to install another baby office in one of the branch offices in Liberec in coming years.

(c) Picture:  Michaela Vágnerová, Jindřich Henzl; Kooperativa CZ

Vienna Insurance Group: Support for High Potentials

As a cooperation partner for High Potential Day, a job fair organised by the Verlagsgruppe News (a publishing group), VIG awarded prizes for the first time to students with outstanding bachelor’s and master’s theses in the areas of insurance, CEE and diversity. The prize winners received non-cash prizes and mentoring talks with VIG managers. The initiative was designed to draw more attention to these topics and recognise the students’ efforts.

(c) Picture: Verlagssgruppe News / Profil

Wiener Städtische / Czech ČPP: Equal opportunities for all

Professional expertise, personal qualifications and performance are what counts – not whether someone uses a wheelchair or has other “special needs”. VIG companies, like Wiener Städtische Versicherung AG, therefore employ people with disabilities in all functional areas – whether in the office, telephone exchange or field work. Wiener Städtische Versicherung AG currently has 96 employees with disabilities. The Czech company ČPP has also been a pioneer in the area since its formation in 1995. In 2018, the company was pleased to receive silver from „Top Responsible Company“ in the Czech Republic.

Wiener Städtische: "Live Life" 

The new advertisement of Wiener Städtische is a great best practice example on the subject of diversity in advertising. Wiener Städtische thought of something very special for the new campaign. The protagonists of the new advertisement show us that “Live life” is not a question of age.

(c) GPIH

GPIH Georgia: The second chance

The VIG group company in Georgia is regularly holding specialized career fairs aimed at older and unemployed people. Despite the challenging selection process a tremendous amount of more than 600 highly motivated sales staff, of which mostly women, were hired. The personnel search was contributed by a social discourse and eventually found imitators in diverse sectors.

Kooperativa Czech Republic: Old and young

It is common in many companies that a very young generation of employees is meeting with an older generation. The Czech company group Kooperativa established a pilot project which aims at bringing together and establishing teams of Millennials with employees that are retiring soon. The results of this mentor-model are splendid: While one group has knowledge of several decades to offer, the other group has a broader knowledge of the latest technology and certainly is responsible for a new fresh breeze in the company.

Wiener Städtische: Perspectives for daughters

On the occasion of the annual “Vienna Daughter-Day” the Wiener Städtische opens its gates for girls aged 11 to 16 years to offer them insights into an Austrian insurance company. The main goal is to discover talents and to show the girls new and interesting jobs off the classical career paths for women. The young ladies get to know the job description of an insurance saleswoman through a quiz rally and tricky tasks and can always look forward to a prize awarding ceremony at the end of the day.