Great businesses thrive on diverse workforces, as women founders and senior executives know firsthand. Diversity starts with hiring practices, but extends to creating a culture of inclusion in which diverse backgrounds and viewpoints are embraced.
Diversity also requires addressing the unique, practical issues of women at every level in the workplace. A key piece is offering benefits packages that meet women’s needs, freeing themfrom worry so they can focus their full attention on work.
Your company’s policies, practices and benefits package are powerful tools for building an inclusive culture that attracts and retains the best talent. Few organizations have embraced this ethos with as much enthusiasm and focus as Aflac, and a glance at Aflac’s leadership team quickly reveals an extraordinarily diverse and inclusive group.
I spoke with two key Aflac executives who shared their ideas on how to achieve true diversity.
Hiring for Diversity
Among the advantages of a diverse workforce are better business performance, increased customer satisfaction and improved employee satisfaction.
Audrey Boone Tillman, Aflac Incorporated’s executive vice president and general counsel, holds one of the highest executive positions in the company. She points out that diversity is the cornerstone of Aflac’s practices. “Not only is diversity ethical, but it also allows us to better understand and meet customers’ needs” Tillman said.
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