Sunday, July 6, 2008

Computerworld Magazine Names Aflac as One of the Best Places to Work in Information Technology

PRNewswire/ -- Today(June 30, 2008), Aflac was selected as a top employer for Information Technology professionals by IDG's Computerworld magazine. The leading insurer ranked Number 34 on the 15th annual Best Places to Work in IT listing. In the publication's July edition Aflac's flexible work schedule and work/life balance for employees was cited as a determining factor in continuing its nine-year run on the coveted list.

"It is an honor to have a reputation as an employer of choice for IT professionals," said Gerald Shields, senior vice president, CIO. "Aflac's IT team is committed to being leaders in innovation because we understand the added value that technology can bring to our sales force's ability to perform their jobs while providing quality service to our customers. We are proud of the critical role we have within the organization."

This year, businesses completed a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

"Being among the Best Places to Work in IT means crafting a blend of employee advantages that includes the potential for flexible hours, competitive pay, excellent benefits, a supportive leadership environment, opportunities for ongoing training and advancement, and ultimately, the feeling that you'd like to stay with the company a long, long time," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld.

Aflac's IT department developed SmartApp(TM) software, a laptop computer system designed to enable its sales associates to electronically transmit policy applications for same-day processing. Currently, this technology is a part of the permanent research collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Today, Aflac's innovation still continues as the company's IT creates technology that allows its agents to receive real-time updates to better serve their customers. Earlier this month, CIO magazine recognized Aflac's paramount innovation in information technology during its annual CIO 100 symposium and awards listing.

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