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IAG employee lifts lockdown spirits with viral video

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It’s tough going right now for many insurance industry employees forced to work remotely as the Sydney lockdown drags on – but one IAG member of staff has brought back some joy with a charming online music video.

These Days, by Melbourne-based Learning and Development Specialist Fran Porter, celebrates some of the quirky experiences of lockdown life, remote working and online meetings.

The video, created as part of an IAG talent competition, was this week shared on the insurer’s LinkedIn account and the response so far has been phenomenal, with more than 7000 views and hundreds of likes and comments. Scroll down to watch the video.

Ms Porter told she plays guitar and sings as a hobby, and decided to enter the competition towards the end of last year.

“I wrote a little song about lockdown just thinking about some of the things we are all experiencing, and over that weekend I recorded it and a video of me singing.

“I was very pleased the entire department was happy to get involved and allowed me to come along to their team meetings and capture visuals.

“It was a lot of fun. I’ve had a lot of people reach out to say what joy it’s brought them and it’s been really nice to see that you can go through a challenging time but have a moment just to have a little bit of a laugh, and maybe a cry at the same time.

“It’s nice to be able to share something that everyone’s relating to. I’ve been really chuffed to see the responses.”

IAG says staff in NSW, Victoria and SA continue to work from home, with 98% of employees having worked remotely at some points during the pandemic.

It says in Greater Sydney it continues to mandate working from home in line with restrictions.

“Fran and the team did an amazing job capturing our shared experience through this song and video,” EGM Customer Experience Danielle Handley told today.

“We know that lockdowns can bring challenges, so it’s a great reminder to find joy in the small things, while continuing to support and check-in with each other.

“The majority of our people at IAG continue to work from home to keep their community safe while restrictions are in place in Sydney and around the country.”