What we offer

Supporting people, projects and the community

Being supportive is in our nature

At Unum, we’re all about “doing the right thing” and giving as much back to society and the community that we work in as possible. Our colleagues are involved in supporting local people, projects and communities through a range of activities.

Unum volunteers supporting a local fundraising event for Rainbow Trust.

Welcoming students from The Vyne School to our Basingstoke office. All of the students took part in a mentoring programme with Unum volunteers.

Taking part in the gruelling Coniston Challenge in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Our Unum colleagues supporting Charity Christmas Jumper Day.

Unum colleagues handing over a cheque to one of our former charity partners.

Unum colleagues from our Basingstoke office getting ready for a charity race in support of St. Michael's Hospice.

Unum colleagues wearing red for charity on Valentine's Day.

Welcoming students from Therfield School, Leatherhead to Milton Court. The students have all been mentored by Unum employees as part of our educational volunteering programme.

Unum volunteers washing cars for St Michael's Hospice in Basingstoke.

A Unum volunteer judges a team's entry at an inter-school Problem Solving Challenge.

Every Unum employee gets two volunteering days each year to support projects in our local community. They are a great way to get to know your team and have some fun outside of the office.

A colleague meeting one of our sponsored Guide Dog puppies for the first time.

Many of our colleagues have entered events like the London Marathon in support of our charity partners.

Our annual Food Drive across Basingstoke and Dorking supports those in our communities less fortunate than ourselves.

Our annual Unum staff charity sports day at Milton Court can get very competitive.

How we'll reward you

We offer benefits and rewards that are competitive and comprehensive. As you would expect from a leading insurer, we offer a number of financial protection products as part of our wide range of benefits which include but are not limited to:

 

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27 days' holiday plus bank holidays

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Flexible benefits scheme

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Restaurant facilities across all main sites

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Sport facilities and gym (Dorking) or gym subsidy (other offices)

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Employee Assistance telephone counselling service

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Two days' paid volunteering, working alongside a variety of community partners

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A free eye test every two years

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Stakeholder pension scheme

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Life insurance

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Performance-based incentive bonus

How we'll support you

1. We'll provide a supportive environment

We’ll give you all the support and encouragement you need to be your best, as you tackle a range of work that does real good for real people. In a culture that fosters integrity, you can look forward to the chance to collaborate with people from across our business and rewards that drive performance. Just as important, you’ll have opportunities to take part in different activities that give back to local communities.

2. We'll invest in your development

Our dedicated Learning and Development team will ensure you have everything you need to develop your abilities and achieve your full potential. This means you’ll have a wide variety of opportunities to build on your skills to meet both professional and personal challenges.

3. We'll adapt to your needs

We believe a strong work, life balance enables you to perform at your best. That’s why, where possible, we try to offer alternative work arrangements, such as part time hours, job share options and term time working.

4. We'll recognise your great work

When you go the extra mile for us, we’re committed to do the same for you. So, our reward and recognition system is designed to acknowledge your hard work and dedication, including quarterly awards for Managers, individuals and teams.

5. We'll invest in your health and wellbeing

This is one of the key services we offer to clients, so naturally, we put your wellbeing at the top of our agenda.

Our COO sponsors our Health and Wellbeing Committee. This employee-led group implements programmes and initiatives that help target the health risks affecting our employees.

You’ll be offered six-monthly health checks that measure your height, weight, cholesterol, BMI and blood glucose levels. You can also access our wellbeing platform and app, which includes tracking tools to support a healthy lifestyle.

We also take part in the Britain’s Healthiest Workplace competition and use this to benchmark our progress and success.

6. We'll invest in your mental wellbeing

We believe your mental health is as important as your physical health. So, in 2016, we worked with Mind to produce Added Value: mental health as a workplace asset. We followed this up with an initiative to enable some of our senior leaders to share what they do to look after their mental wellbeing.

In short, we aim to make this not only a great place to work, but one that supports your health and wellbeing so you can be your best.

7. We'll offer you help where we can

Unum LifeWorks is a completely confidential employee assistance programme that’s available to all our employees and their immediate family, 24 hours a day. Whether you’re looking for support, information or resources, Unum LifeWorks is here to help.

How you can support others

Ultimately, a key driver of our corporate social responsibility success if the full participation of all our colleagues. We're big on giving back and encourage our employees to do as much as they can.

Workplace Giving

You can donate tax-free to any chosen charity through your payroll. Any charities that fall within at least one of Unum’s three pillars will have their donations matched on a pound for pound basis.

Matching Gifts Programme

All personal charitable donations of £30 or more to any charity that falls within one of Unum’s three pillars will be matched by Unum Group on a pound for pound basis.

Employee Participation Gift

Unum will contribute £30 to support your participation in a qualified walk, run or bike event. This is not a reimbursement of registration fees but an additional charitable donation in recognition of your participation.

Donations Committee

The Unum Charitable Donations Committee meets quarterly to review all requests for charitable donations, both from external charities and referrals from Unum employees. All charitable requests must be aligned with at least one of Unum’s three pillars.

Volunteering

All Unum UK employees receive two paid days each year to carry out volunteering projects in your local community. These can be used as you wish, either for individual volunteering projects or team-building challenges.

Find Out More

For more information on our corporate social responsibility activity check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UnumUKCSR

How we can support others as a business

Quite simply, corporate social responsibility means a lot to us. A strong commitment to being a responsible business is one of our core values. We focus on providing a positive and effective contribution to the communities in which we live and work.

We see helping our communities as a natural extension of the commitment we make each and every day to our customers. Our activities in the UK centre around three key pillars of community involvement:

Education

Our efforts include corporate giving and volunteer support for school programmes, and education and mentoring relationships with young people in our local communities.

Health and wellbeing

We understand the importance of health and wellbeing and seek to provide charitable donations and other activities to support the health of children and adults in our local communities. In addition, as a leading provider of disability benefits, we have a strong understanding of the complex challenges created by disabilities in our communities. We are committed to aiding young people and families who are confronting those challenges through charitable donations and volunteering opportunities.

Arts and culture

We supports organisations that embrace creative expression in our local communities, from displaying public art in our offices to sponsoring local festivals and other cultural programmes that enhance the community.

We're proud to support ...

We form two-year charity partnerships that enable us to make a big difference in the communities where we work. The charities we support are selected by our employees and the only restriction we place on them is that they must support one of our three key pillars: education, health and wellbeing, or arts and culture.

An inclusive workplace

As a diverse and inclusive employer, we aim to employ people who reflect the communities and customers we serve. Whatever your background, you’ll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere, where everyone can reach their full potential.

We welcome people who can bring distinctive thinking and unique contributions to our work. People whose different perspectives and varied experiences combine to develop more creative products and services.

People whose diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas help us overcome challenges, embrace the possibilities and develop into a stronger business.

We believe this approach enables us to better understand the needs of our customers, as well as meeting their expectations of working with a diverse partner. Most of all, it brings out the best in our people and makes us more competitive, by attracting top talent who bring energy and creativity to our work.

Supporting women in finance

We believe an inclusive workforce is better for our employees, our customers, our shareholders and our communities. To underline this commitment, we’re proud to have signed the Women in Finance Charter. This means we’ve:

  • Set the goal that at least 35% of Unum’s Executive Committee will be female by 2021
  • Linked the pay of our CEO and HR Director to diversity targets
  • Made the CEO our accountable executive for the UK Women in Finance Charter
  • Launched a Women in Leadership programme to develop our high-potential female leaders

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