Welfare programs in our Group
UniCredit is a pan-European bank and the goals that inspire our company welfare programs are unified across our Group. They are intended to create a workplace where each person strives to contribute in the very best way that they can.
This is the reason we were certified as a Top Employer in 2022 for the sixth consecutive year.
Across the Group, we aim to create a positive work environment for our colleagues by offering tailor-made packages that improve their flexibility and well-being. We also support our people during the most important moments in their personal and professional lives with our people caring initiatives.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to our colleagues' well-being and we know this means different things for different people. Our welfare programmes vary by country: they are tailored to ensure we are meeting local needs and responding to challenges faced by our team.
During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the welfare programmes that UniCredit provided have become crucial and served as a lifeline for our employees whose normal routines have been greatly disrupted. In the almost two years since the start of the pandemic, which profoundly altered our personal and professional lives, our welfare programme has evolved to support our team during this unprecedented time. We have taken significant steps to strengthen workplace flexibility, make remote working easier and enhancing our team's morale, their individual health and well-being. Our holistic approach to well-being ranges from gym memberships to discounted bike rentals. Most importantly, we offer health care and prevention campaigns, counselling, and coaching programs which support private and professional needs so that our team can reach all of their individual aims, including their emotional, physical, and financial goals.
With reference to flexibility, our colleagues tell us that the "time factor" is more important than ever. This is true for every age group, including millennials, new parents, and our colleagues caring for elderly relatives. By listening to our people, we discovered that time is considered the most valuable part of our offer, in particular flexibility and work-life balance.
Therefore, we offer programs such as paid leave for key life events and voluntary activities, time banks, flexible working hours and locations. Confirming the value of this approach, Head of People and Culture UniCredit Bank Austria Georgiana Lazar said: