Aflac has appeared on Computerworld's Best Places list since 1999
Columbus, Ga. – June 27, 2005 – Aflac has been named to the annual Computerworld list of Best Places to Work in Information Technology as one of the top 100 workplaces for IT professionals. This honor is part of the weekly IT magazine's 12th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey.
“We are proud to receive this honor. Technology is a significant aspect of our business and enables us to provide efficient service to our policyholders and sales associates,” said Jim Lester, senior vice president and chief information officer for Aflac. “We're committed to providing the necessary tools and training opportunities to ensure that our IT employees are the best in the industry.”
The Best Places to Work list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals compiled by Computerworld. The list is compiled on the basis of a comprehensive questionnaire about company benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.
“This year's Best Places to Work rankings represent companies across the industry that recognize how a strong commitment to, and investment in, employees is synonymous with creating a great IT work environment,” said Don Tennant, editor-in-chief of Computerworld. “Once again, we found that IT professionals are looking for rewarding and challenging projects, access to leading-edge technologies, career growth and development and a comfortable work/life balance. Our Best Places companies such as Aflac not only offer these benefits, but do so in a manner that goes well-above industry norms.”
Aflac's IT department first received national recognition from Computerworld in 1999, when its SmartApp™ software became part of the permanent research collection on information technology at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. SmartApp is a laptop computer system developed by Aflac for its sales associates that enables them to electronically transmit policy applications for same-day processing.
Computerworld, the “Voice of IT Management,” is a trusted source of information for senior IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for “Best News Coverage.” In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,138,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2004 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of over 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).
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For 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. In January 2005, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the seventh consecutive year. Aflac has also been included in
both Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List of America's Best Big Companies and in Fortune magazine's listing of America's Most Admired Companies for five consecutive years. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
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