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Unum Technology Solutions at the Forefront of the New World of Work with Innovative HR Offerings

Unum Technology Solutions | June 24, 2022

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In response to the evolving needs of employees in a cutthroat talent market, Unum offers a range of technologically advanced solutions. Support for employees' mental health and employee recruitment and retention are two of the top HR concerns in the workplace, according to recent Unum research. 

According to Unum research, more over half (56%) of American workers reported feeling mentally ill. According to Polly Nicholas, SVP Unum Solutions, the company is at the forefront of assisting workers when they require time off from work and saving employers' time when handling benefit administration.

"Unum has always been an organization that helps the working world thrive throughout life's moments. When you consider what the world has gone through in the last few years, now, more than ever, we are in a profound sort of touchstone for how we can show up for people."

- Polly Nicholas, SVP Unum Solutions

"Our internal data shows there was a 37% growth in Unum disability claims paid and 55% increase in leaves administered. When you couple that with the national conversation around leave, mental and financial wellness, our portfolio of solutions can provide meaningful support for America's workers and businesses," Nicholas commented further.

Businesses benefit from Unum's service and technological solutions as they adapt to the needs of a changing workforce. The range of online services include:
  • Support Time Away: Unum Total Leave and Unum Leave Logic offer simple-to-use tools for managing and planning leaves of absence, elevating the employee experience and providing reliable data for HR.
  • Integrate HR Systems: To ensure seamless setup, management, and access, Unum HR Connect may be integrated with the best HRIS suppliers.
  • Enhance Workforce Wellness: Unum Behavioral Health gives employees more access to individualized experiences and gives businesses resources to lessen the stigma associated with mental illness.

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Wisq | October 07, 2022

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RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

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Indeed | September 22, 2022

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