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As one of the world's leading employee benefits providers—and a large employer—it could be easy for Unum Group employees to become “isolated” in their own areas of the business.

But an emphasis on effective communications from the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company's senior management helps keep employees engaged and aware of how their efforts fit into the company's overall goals and strategies. Those communication efforts are among the factors that made Unum the top-ranked company among large group life/health insurers in this year's Business Insurance Best Places to Work in Insurance.

“The communication between senior management and all levels of employees—there's a great open line of communications,” said Sharon Johnson, director, HR Response Team, for Unum. Those communications take various forms, including written information, town hall meetings “and getting out there face to face with our employees,” Ms. Johnson said.

“Something really new this year is we have really started focusing more on global, international business,” Ms. Johnson said. Those same communication efforts help employees see how their roles fit into Unum's efforts elsewhere in the world.

Unum helps protect more than 25 million working people and their families in the event of illness or injury, offering comprehensive insurance to help protect against the financial effects of accidents, illness or death.

The company's own benefits offerings are another element making it a high-quality workplace.

“The benefits package is excellent,” Ms. Johnson said. “In addition to that, what I've seen in the last couple of years is a larger investment in the training and development of our employees.”

The company also prides itself in offering a positive work environment for its employees while emphasizing a healthy work/life balance.