As Flow 2018 fast approaches, our Speaker Spotlights help you find out more about the C-level leaders appearing at our global summit. Next up, Sun Life Financial CTO Rahul Sekhon.

We spoke with Rahul to discuss his passion for workplace technologies that facilitate personal mobility, diversity and inclusion, and global collaboration.

New beginnings

New beginnings

Sun Life may be one of the largest and oldest life insurance companies in North America (with a history that dates back to 1865), but its ambition has never wavered.

It promises to help clients achieve not just lifetime financial security, but a healthier life. And this progressive approach extends to its own employees.

Sun Life is putting its people at the centre of its business with Rahul Sekhon, Chief Technology Officer, and unabashed change champion, leading the charge.

Sun Life is putting its people at the centre of its business

Sun Life is putting its people at the centre of its business

By introducing new technologies and a more transparent approach, he's helping to enhance the employee experience on a global scale – evolving processes and increasing productivity.

Many cultures, one community

Many cultures, one community

"We operate in 26 countries", says Rahul, "so the team looked to me to help create one global community. But how is that possible with so many cultural differences?"

True to form, Rahul didn't see a challenge; he saw an opportunity. "If you look at different regions, you notice different flavours in how people communicate. That is where unique customisation can come in."

But it's more than just throwing technology at the problem. "What we're working on isn't pure tech modernisation", he continues.

"It's something that blends with the physical space; it blends with the work culture and HR. It's an amalgamation of these things – it's where people, place and technology meet."

What Rahul wanted to do above all else was add a personal touch. It's much easier to change a company from the inside out if people feel they're being recognised and rewarded for their efforts.

"When an employee does a good job, even if it's something small, there's an intrinsic need to be recognised – this is common across all geographies."

"When an employee does a good job, even if it's something small, there's an intrinsic need to be recognised – this is common across all geographies."

"This is something Sun Life has found Workplace to be very useful for", he explains. "If there are 900 people in an organisation, it used to be very hard for the President of that organisation to see how hard one person is working in another corner of the world."

"Now that person can post an update on Workplace and the President can see and react to it."

A sustainable and diverse future

A sustainable and diverse future

Like every financial institution, Sun Life exists to serve its clients. With a focus on advancing sustainability, Sun Life views diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and engagement, and ultimately the foundation for understanding clients and their needs.

"When we announced our new purpose, we realised that our employees are also our clients", says Rahul.

"That's why we are continuously investing in a culture of wellness that empowers our employees to be their best selves. We take a holistic view of workforce wellness by focusing on physical, mental and financial wellness – which ultimately translates to our helping our clients and achieving our purpose."

"We now design experiences for our employees in exactly the same way we do our clients."

"We now design experiences for our employees in exactly the same way we do our clients."

"We're launching wellness programmes and ensuring that our employees have the best ecosystem to support their mental well-being and give them opportunities to grow."

"While it's not easy to translate that into direct financial benefits, we want to make sure that our organisation is looking towards the future. We want our clients and employees to feel a sense of pride when they interact with us."

What is Flow?

What is Flow?

Flow is Workplace's global leadership summit, taking place on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 at Hotel Nia, Menlo Park, CA.

Together with customers and best-of-breed partners such as Walmart, Vodafone, Box and Okta, we'll discuss the ways that businesses can connect people to their organisation's purpose, unlock their true potential and empower them to do their best work.

We'll also hear about the future of the enterprise from visionary SaaS founders and next-gen IT leaders.

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