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Smart Working

At AXA, the emphasis is on trust, flexibility, and teamwork – values that are reflected in our Smart Working work model. Smart Working reflects an increased desire to work from home as well as rapidly changing work habits. For AXA, therefore, Smart Working is all about the contribution you make to the company's objectives – rather than the place where you actually make your contribution. 

You and your team decide jointly when and where you work in order to achieve these corporate objectives to optimum effect. Your place of work is determined on the basis of where you are at your most productive, how you and your team can work best together, and what your personal preferences are.

Smart Working is a win-win situation for you, for AXA, and for our customers:

  • You and your team decide together the way in which you work together – digitally, physically, or a combination of the two.
  • Flexibility is required when choosing your place of work, and your choice will reflect the needs of our customers. You can choose between working in your office at AXA, at home, or in a co-working office.
  • The time spent together in the office provides an opportunity for intensive creative and personal exchange with your colleagues.
  • Regular team meetings in the office enable personal contact and team cohesion to be preserved.
  • Your work/life balance improves due to greater flexibility in terms of deciding your own working hours.

Home office

AXA allows you to work from home if your role permits you to do so. This is possible in many cases – all it takes is a laptop and an internet connection. As far as we are concerned, the question of where you work is less important than the contribution you make to enable you, your team, and AXA to perform well. As you no longer need to commute, you have more time for yourself, your family, and your work. In addition, AXA offers various Flexwork models.


Co-working offices

Is there construction work going on outside your house or are you not alone at home? AXA finances co-working spaces where you can work, network, and develop new ideas. 

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    Barbara's co-working model

    Co-working is a popular trend. We have been letting our employees use a third workplace for a long time, and this is greatly appreciated.

    Find out more about Barbara's work model in our "Inspiration in the third place" blog. (German)

Flexwork – flexible work models

As well as working smart, we also offer you flexible work models such as part-time work to suit a wide variety of needs – depending on which phase of life you are in. Flexible work models have long been a high priority at AXA: for men and women as well as for young and experienced members of staff. We use the term Flexwork to describe work models that offer flexibility in terms of time. 

Our Flexwork models


Part-time models are a pressing need today and we take account of this demand. For example, we advertise all jobs at a workload of 80 to 100 % and 24 % of senior management already work on a reduced workload basis.

At AXA, 51% of women and 20% of men work part-time.

Part-time work


Job sharing and top sharing

Are you interested in applying for an exciting job but unable to work the full hours? Then apply together with a colleague on a job-sharing basis. AXA will support you if you want to share your job – even if it's a management position.

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    Job sharing

    Apply for a job together? Why not. That's possible at AXA.

    Find out more about Christina's and Céline's work models in our "Dream team in job sharing" blog.


Senior flex

Would you like to spend more time on your hobbies or with your grandchildren before you retire? After age 58, you can reduce your workload by up to 20 % while maintaining your insured salary in the pension fund.


Flexible retirement

More and more of our experienced employees would like to take gradual retirement. At AXA, there are various flexible retirement models available, from gradually reducing your workload to part-retirement.

32% of all employees from age 50 work part-time at AXA.

Employees from age 50


Flex Time and Flex Unique

Taking account of operational requirements, you can structure your own working hours on an individual basis and therefore coordinate with your personal needs – whether full or part-time. Flex Unique comprises individual flexible models tailored to your needs.

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    Patricia's flexible work arrangement

    Full-time job in the sales force as a single mother? "Yes, it's fine," says Patricia.

    Find out more about Patricia's work model in our "Be as flexible as you need to be" blog.


Work From Everywhere

With Smart Working, we allow you to work in the office, at home, or while on the move. We use the term "Work From Everywhere" to describe working in the train or in the co-working office.

What career models are there?

Part-time career

You can work part-time with us and still have a career. It's possible to have a position in senior management with a workload starting at 50 %.

24% of our employees in senior management work part-time.

Part-time career

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    Mirjam's part-time career

    Despite the fact that she works on the basis of considerably reduced working hours, Mirjam has a job with a lot of responsibility.

    Find out more about Mirjam's career model in our "40 % part-time – 100 % family" blog.


Internal job change and job rotation

You never stand still at AXA. We give you the opportunity to continually develop your career internally and revealdo your potential in various departments.

Modern work methods

As an insurance company, we are in a rapidly changing environment. Modern work methods are essential to enable us to react quickly to the associated changes and still be able to cater more rapidly and effectively to our customers' requirements.

Agile working 

We see agility as not just a work method, but also a way of thinking and leading. This agile mindset means being able to adapt quickly and flexibly to new circumstances and situations. This requires a healthy culture of trust where hierarchical thinking is less important and networks are more important. As well as classic teams, we also have agile teams at AXA. Depending on the range of tasks involved, these teams work using the Scrum or Kanban method. We also use customer-centric agile methods such as design thinking. The agile mindset is already firmly embedded with us. It is relevant for nearly all employees in their daily work. 

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    Agile coach Dominic

    "Everyone talks about agility, but few people know what it means," says Dominic.

    Find out more about Dominic's work model in our blog "My office fits in a laptop bag".



Personal experience is combined with projects: At AXA, that's a perfect Flexwork match. Matchworkers are full-time AXA employees who work on strategic projects for a fixed period.

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