Racial justice matters

The events of the past few years heightened and intensified conversations around racial justice. As new questions have emerged around what racial inclusion looks like in 2022 and beyond, organizations are taking a look at the faces that make up their workforce and beginning to understand that a diverse workforce can contribute to an organization’s revenue, retention rate, and overall employee satisfaction.1

Equity for women in the workforce

Today’s workforce has more women and older workers (55 or older), is better educated and more racially diverse, and includes more employees born outside the US than 15 years ago. So, when it comes to offering support, flexibility, and benefits to your employees — especially to women — they don’t all want the same thing or want traditional offerings. Learn more about strategies to support the women in your workforce.

The LGBTQIA+ community

At least 20 million Americans identified as LGBTQIA+,2 which includes 7% of the workforce.3 LGBTQIA+ workers acknowledge progress in workplace and benefits equality but agree that there is a long way to go. Creating an inclusive workplace isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s vital to attract and retain a loyal workforce.

One way to create a better experience for your LGBTQIA+ workforce is to ensure your insurance provider is able to process gender-based claims in accordance with the person and not the gender. Most in the trans and nonbinary community must appeal in order to get baseline care like pregnancy and various types of cancers covered.

Supporting those with disabilities in the workforce

Nearly 6 million Americans with a disability are in the workforce, and the employment-population ratio among those with disabilities has been rising over the past decade.2 As communities and businesses adapt during the pandemic, we can learn from the disabled community how to navigate life remotely and improve accessibility.

Ensure your organization’s benefits are updated for inclusion. When considering short-term and long-term disability, include trans and nonbinary care in the leave process for any surgeries.

Family caregivers

With a growing number of elderly Americans needing daily assistance, people with special needs requiring care, and COVID-19 potentially increasing the amount of family members who have fallen ill, one in seven working Americans identifies as a caregiver. Now more than ever, employer support and workplace benefits that address caregivers’ needs are necessary for this growing segment of the US workforce.

Article: Helpful insights and resources for family caregivers

Access to essential resources and knowing what to look out for can help alleviate the uncertainty of caring for family members and help avoid declines in the caregiver's own health

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Infographic: The unseen labor of family caregiving

Organizations who offer caregivers more empathetic benefits policies and programs are viewed more favorably with the end result being a more loyal, committed, caregiver workforce

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Article: How employers can support caregivers coping with increased responsibilities

Strategies that employers can put in place to support caregivers, like organization-wide buy-in and enhanced benefits

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Article: Providing flexibility and support for single parents

Offering better support and flexibility could make full-time work possible for more single parents, as well as make life more manageable for those already employed full time

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Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (J.E.D.I.) initiatives at Guardian

Guardian was founded by a civil rights attorney over 160 years ago, so social justice is deeply rooted at our organization. We’re committed to taking steps, big and small, to ensure that we are driving a greater sense of inclusion across Guardian and creating an environment where every colleague feels valued, heard, and respected. Creating a culture that is inclusive and diverse at Guardian is not only the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense.

J.E.D.I. at Guardian

 

Disclaimer

Sources:

1 Guardian 10th Annual Workplace Benefits Study, 2021, Mind, Body, and Wallet

2 Human Rights Campaign Foundation

3 Guardian 8th Annual Workplace Benefits Study, 2020, Workforce 2020

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