An important part of our success as a company is our commitment to diversity in the workplace. In fact, achieving our business goals and serving our customers well depends on fostering a workplace that attracts highly committed and skilled employees of diverse backgrounds.
To achieve diversity in the workplace we:
- Hire and promote without regard to race, gender, age or sexual orientation
Our focus is finding and keeping employees with the best skills, experience, performance and potential to meet the demands of our organization.
- Understand the changing demographics in our marketplace
We align our internal talent to best meet the needs of our customers.
- Fund scholarships for high school seniors
We select students who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and who inspire others to value differences. In partnership with The Mitchell Institute, we award the Stephen B. Center Diversity Leadership Scholarship to five students each year.
- Develop the most diverse candidate pools by reaching out to a variety of candidates
We attend targeted college career fairs, advertise on internet sites that target diverse populations and specialty groups, and place ads in focused publications and on radio.
- Build relationships with diverse groups of people
We strive to create meaningful relationships with our peers, candidates and business associates in order to facilitate a positive experience for everyone who interacts with our company.
Promoting disability awareness
We believe that another key component of supporting diversity is to promote awareness of disability and the impact it has. Unum helped form the Council for Disability Awareness, an organization that works to increase awareness and the financial implications of disability.
Accommodations for employees
We also have a process for accommodating our employees who may have disabilities. We work hard to make it possible for employees dealing with a disability to continue working if they are able, or return them to work as they recover from an extended absence due to sickness or an accident. To achieve this, we:
- Use computer screen image enhancement for those with impaired vision, including training on the software and the use of specialized monitors
- Reduce work schedules
- Provide voice-keyboard interactive software
- Make adjustments to an employee's physical office layout