9.27.18

ATLANTA –September 27, 2018 – National labor and employment law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP recently presented its 2017-2018 Excellence in Work-Life Balance Award to Zurich North America. Constangy’s program recognizes organizations that actively initiate and create work environments conducive to work-life balance.

Work-life balance programs, through applications such as flexible work arrangements, employee wellness programs, telecommuting and job-sharing, can help employees feel truly connected to their companies, fostering loyalty, mutual respect and a positive work environment. Researchers Jeffrey Greenhaus and Gary Powell recommend that work and personal life should be allies and that participation in multiple roles, such as parent, partner, friend, employee, can enhance physical and psychological well-being — especially when all the roles are high quality and managed together.

An independent judge selected Zurich North America as this year’s winner of the Constangy award because of their FlexWork initiative, a comprehensive program designed to provide the work/life tools that matter most to employees. “FlexWork has the hallmarks of an effective program: support from the top, connection to business objectives, training, efforts to reduce flexibility stigma, a variety of flexible work options, and strategic implementation to ensure success.”

Dennis F. Kerrigan Jr., Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer of Zurich, commented on the success of the company’s work-life balance efforts: “FlexWork empowers our employees to where, when and how they choose to work– helping them balance the changing needs of their lives as well as the business needs of our customers and colleagues. We’ve also found that it strengthens our diversity and inclusion strategy as it is helpful to some people – such as those with disabilities or family caregiving responsibilities – to be part of today’s workplace in a way that works for them.”

The judge for this year’s Work-Life Balance Award program was Cynthia Calvert, President of Workforce 21C, a company that provides consulting and training to help employers meet the challenges of today’s changing workforce.

Zurich North America received a commemorative crystal trophy and Constangy $1,000 donation on Zurich's behalf to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, Illinois.

For more information about work-life balance, visit www.constangy.com/balance.html.

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About Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP:

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete offers a wider lens on workplace law. We have counseled employers exclusively since 1946. With offices in 15 states, we are one of the largest labor and employment law practices in the U.S. Constangy has been named as a top firm for women and minorities by organizations including Law360, the National Law Journal and Vault.com. Many of our more than 180 attorneys have been recognized by leading authorities such as Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers in America® and Martindale Hubbell. Find out more about us online at www.constangy.com or follow us on Twitter @ConstangyLaw.

About Zurich:

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 53,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 210 countries and territories. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at www.zurich.com.

In North America, Zurich is a leading provider of insurance products and services, including workers’ compensation, liability, property, specialty and F&I (finance and insurance) for a number of major industries, such as Construction, Auto Dealers, and Technology. It offers life insurance and disability coverage in the United States. Zurich employs approximately 9,000 people in North America. It’s a top-four commercial insurer in the U.S. and has been insuring U.S. businesses for more than 100 years. Further information is available at www.zurichna.com.

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