Everyone here at Securian is friendly and wants you to succeed. I mean everyone! I’ve been very lucky to have good managers and I am blessed to have one here too. That’s important to me. When I think about a job the first thought isn't about money. I look at the managers, the culture and then the money. Even working remotely, I have experienced the camaraderie that exists between my teammates. The online interactions I have with my colleagues continue to give me a good impression of Securian as an organization. One other thing I like about working at Securian is the investment in the development of its employees. From challenging opportunities to training, Securian ensures that its employees are gaining critical skills to continue to add value to the organization. Everyone has access to growth if they want it. Everyone is accommodating here. When they don’t understand they ask clarifying questions, that, in my opinion, builds trust.
The value of a diverse workforce
The value of having a diverse workforce cannot be over-emphasized. I like to talk about how Christianity came to Africa to signify or demonstrate the value of a diverse workforce. When the Irish priests and religious people came to evangelize Africa, they did not achieve much success initially until they began to incorporate some of the indigenes of Africa into their way of life. Nigerians taught them different ways of doing things and the missionaries learned the Indigenous language.
There was a blending of cultures. This made the missionaries culturally intelligent and brought them a step closer to influencing their host communities to accept Christianity. Eventually, it was the diversity of the workforce they built that made it easier for Christianity to spread in Africa.
In my opinion, diversity means providing a level-playing field for everyone irrespective of tribe, creed or tongue, in order to grow, succeed and reach their potential. In terms of diversity at Securian, there are not a lot of people here who look like me and I would like to see more. When you are the only person of color in your workgroup it can be intimidating. When the murder of George Floyd happened, it made me think about what it means to be a person of color in the United States. You have to constantly watch your back. You try to be very careful because you might not get the same kind of treatment as another person would get. That is something I think about now.
Any organization that is serious about achieving long-term financial or business success must consider having a diverse workforce as a requirement and not an option. Securian Financial understands this and is making intentional efforts at building a diverse workforce. But a diverse workforce takes time. It’s a work in progress.