Culture | Careers | Diversity

Celebrating diverse perspectives: How UnitedHealth Group drives innovation through inclusion

Key takeaways:

  • UnitedHealth Group fosters an inclusive culture where employees feel valued and able to bring their authentic selves to work.
  • Core values like integrity, compassion and inclusion guide interactions and enable people to thrive.
  • We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve.
  • We create an environment where all employees feel they belong and can innovate.

Bringing your authentic self to work

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission is to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. To achieve that mission, we know it takes a diverse and inclusive culture where all employees feel a sense of belonging.

We foster an environment where people can bring their authentic selves to work. Kammie, a member of the People Team at UnitedHealthcare, feels this firsthand: 

"I feel like I can bring unique background experiences and ideas to work and my teammates do the same. We really make an effort to get to know each other on a personal level."

Supported, appreciated and valued

Our core values of integrity, compassion, inclusion, relationships, innovation and performance guide us to connect, collaborate and innovate in ways that enable each person to thrive.

Eduardo A., a subject matter expert at Optum, feels supported and appreciated:

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"I feel I belong here because both managers and advocates care for each other, and I can be myself and never be judged, since through engagement activities, we can express ourselves and show our passions and talents."

Celebrating diverse experiences

We celebrate diverse experiences through our employee resource groups, diversity training programs and events that highlight the cultures, backgrounds and perspectives of our global workforce. By sharing stories and recognizing both our differences and common humanity, we foster greater empathy and belonging.

Rashmi M., a director of operations at Optum, sums up our inclusive culture:

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"Here, we celebrate our people, ideas and experiences, fostering an inclusive, equitable and diverse environment where we are heard, supported, appreciated and valued by peers and leaders."

Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission calls us, our values guide us and our diverse culture connects us as we seek to improve care for the consumers we are privileged to serve and their communities. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

And throughout it all, we are united by a culture that cultivates a workplace like no other. We are fully committed to promoting a company culture where everyone's voice is heard. We deeply value inclusion, diversity, innovation and growth as we are dedicated to improving millions of lives.

We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards in external and internal operations. Among other initiatives to make our work environment the best it can be, we require all employees to complete either a manager or individual contributor training course covering sexual and other harassment and discrimination.

The importance of partnerships

We have strong partnerships with organizations like the National Black MBA Association, Prospanica, Reaching Out MBA, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion and National Sales Network. We also partner with AARP to support sourcing diverse talent. These partnerships help ensure our people, company, members and communities flourish.

Diversity in recruiting

Our recruiters take action to increase diversity in our workforce. This includes leveraging diversity job boards, working with disability employment agencies and integrating workforce readiness programs.

Campus diversity

We support future diverse leaders through initiatives like sponsoring INROADS interns, hosting a Campus Talent Summit and providing scholarships through our Diverse Scholars Program. We offer internships and entry-level roles across the organization.

United by our culture

We are united by a culture that celebrates the diverse experiences, backgrounds and attributes that make each employee unique. Our Employee Resource Groups give people a place to connect, be heard and feel supported across the enterprise.

By living our mission and values each day, UnitedHealth Group creates an environment where everyone can thrive and feel proud to belong. Our inclusive culture enables us to innovate in ways that help people improve health outcomes at a global scale. Want to be part of our team? Explore job opportunities with us.

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