Unum has been named a 2021 Leading Disability Employer by the National Organization on Disability (NOD) for the second year in a row. This follows the Best Places for Disability Inclusion recognition Unum received earlier this year that also applauds organizations for leading the way in disability inclusion and hiring talent with disabilities.
“Ensuring employees with disabilities feel accepted, valued and heard is a top priority here at Unum,” said Liz Ahmed, executive vice president of People and Communications. “Differently-abled employees find creative and innovative ways of supporting the business, which we can all learn from.”
The NOD increases employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities through programs and services that help companies realize the competitive advantages of hiring people with disabilities.
“When I applied to Unum, I hid my disability thinking it would prevent me from getting the role,” said Aaron West, product owner in Columbia and enABLE co-lead. “But that wasn’t the case. Unum has embraced my disability and made accommodations so I can manage my condition. Leadership and my manager value my feedback to help make Unum a more inclusive place for people with disabilities to work. I’m proud we’ve been recognized as a Leading Disability Employer, although I’m not surprised because of the great experience I’ve had.”
Companies are rated on key performance indicators including high rates of productivity, dedication and employee engagement across the workforce.
Unum scored high in the following areas:
- People Practices. Staff and manager training, mentoring, awareness and disability included as a demographic segment in engagement surveys.
- Talent Outcome Metrics. Tracking of disabled applicants, hires, self-ID rates, promotion and turnover.
- Climate and Culture. Policies, practices, resources and accountability for disability inclusion.
- Veterans Employment. Veterans’ recruitment is embedded in a company’s business processes.
“Unum’s recognition as a Leading Disability Employer is meaningful confirmation of the support and inclusion the company provides its own employees with disabilities, as well as the unique opportunity we have as a disability benefits provider to be a role model for our employer customers,” said Ken Shapiro, lead businesss specialist and Inclusion and Diversity Ambassador in Portland. “I know having Unum’s support as both my income protection insurer and my employer made it possible for me to focus on my recovery from a stroke in 2010, then successfully return to and stay at work for the past ten years.”