01 February 2018
Cigna has joined a growing group of New Zealand businesses offering a safe and welcoming workplace for people of diverse gender and sexual orientation, as recognised by achieving the Rainbow Tick accreditation.
Cigna’s Head of Human Resources Mel MacPhee says Cigna is really proud to have achieved the accreditation and it’s a great way to start to 2018.
“We continually strive to create the kind of workplace in which our people can flourish both personally and professionally. Gaining this accreditation recognises our commitment to fostering a psychologically safe environment where you can be yourself and individual differences are valued.”
The Rainbow Tick programme includes an annual audit to evaluate the business’s level of LGBTTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui and intersex) inclusion in; internal policies, staff training, engagement and organisational support, external engagement and monitoring.
“Studies show that about one third of LGBTTI employees hide who they are at work and one in four have heard negative comments such as ‘that’s so gay’ while at work,” says Rainbow Tick Director Michael Stevens. “We spend a third of our lives at work so it’s really important for the wellbeing of this community that people feel comfortable being themselves at work.”
MacPhee says it gave Cigna the opportunity to review internal policies and processes. “We want to make sure that we are creating an environment that is inclusive and safe for our staff who identify as part of the rainbow community, and to change any policies or procedures that may have been inadvertently undermining this. The training provided as part of the process was really valuable. It opened up some interesting discussions at senior leader and board level and provided greater awareness of the different challenges these groups can face.”
Stevens says, “It’s great to see another organisation being awarded the Rainbow Tick. Cigna have shown genuine commitment and sincerity in its work to become Rainbow Tick certified and has demonstrated this with its high level of engagement in the process.”