We strive to nurture an inclusive corporate culture where every employee feels heard, respected and appreciated, and has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Horace Mann's mission of helping educators achieve lifelong financial success resonates strongly with the company's more than 1,700 employees. In interactions with customers, each other and all stakeholders, we aim to reflect the core values at the heart of who we are: compassionate, trustworthy, straightforward, approachable, respectful, and knowledgeable. We believe that an engaged employee base is critical to deliver on our commitment to educators and achieve our business objectives.

We design our policies and practices with the goal of attracting and retaining top talent, while maximizing the employee experience.

Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits

In addition to competitive base salaries, every Horace Mann employee is eligible for an annual bonus program based on company performance and annual merit increases based on individual performance. We regularly review highly skilled and hard-to-fill positions to ensure market competitiveness, to both attract and retain employees.

All full and part-time employees and employee agents who work a minimum of 20 hours per week are eligible for benefits. There is no waiting period for employees to access benefits.

In addition to providing major medical coverage, group life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance, we contribute up to $1,000 to employee health savings accounts annually. We contribute 3% of every employee’s eligible earnings to their 401(k), regardless of their contribution status. We then match up to an additional 5% of each employee’s eligible earnings annually. We offer new employees four weeks’ paid time off annually, which increases with years of service, as well as recognize 10 holidays annually.

Work/life flexibility

At Horace Mann, our hybrid workforce model allows for more than 70% of our employees the opportunity to work remotely as part of their regular weekly schedule. Paid time off is split between two banks, which gives employees the opportunity to utilize wellness time to prioritize their mental health. We also recognize 10 holidays annually.

New parents receive up to two weeks of paid parental leave to employees following the birth or adoption of their child. In 2023, 53 employees (35 women, 18 men) took parental leave. Thirty-one women (89%) returned to work after maternity leave.

Our employee assistance program provides support for employees addressing mental and physical health issues, such as navigating major life changes, grief counseling and smoking cessation. In addition, all employees are eligible for a wellness cost reimbursement up to $200 each year for fitness or weight-loss programs. In 2023, we continued to host corporate-wide book studies encouraging peer and cross-functional conversations about topics such as ability and the immigrant experience.

Employee training and development

Horace Mann has a comprehensive employee training and development program consisting of instructor-led classes, peer-to-peer learning opportunities and support for self-directed learning, such as access to an eLearning library. Topics include leadership development, career skills and process improvement. In 2023, employees averaged 14 hours of training.

The company’s intensive Emerging Leaders program is a five-month, 100-hour class that comprises employees across all areas of the company and country. The group works to improve communication, emotional intelligence, and organizational influence skills while developing relationships across the company. The program ends with a capstone project that has proven to contribute to lasting organizational change.

Employees and leaders have performance discussions as often as quarterly to benchmark progress and identify developmental opportunities, including potential career paths. In 2023, 99.6% of employees received at least one formally documented performance review.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We have long strived to foster an inclusive culture in which individual differences are recognized, respected and appreciated. In 2023, we formalized these aspirations in our corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy statement. Importantly, the statement underscores Horace Mann’s commitment to incorporate DEI considerations in everything we do — from how we serve our educator market to how we build our workforce, practices, and processes.

We have a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council focused on building steps toward action and accountability; being committed to promoting equitable practices and fostering a culture of inclusivity. We host DEI educational events and quarterly corporate-wide book studies, with participants including senior leadership and Board members. Beginning in 2024, unconscious bias training is now assigned to all employees on an annual basis. This 35-minute module, selected with input from members of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, offers real-world examples of unconscious bias and how it can affect our decisions and actions, even when it goes against our conscious values. All employees will complete the course by April 2024.

Launched in late 2022, our Employee Resource Groups aligned with employee identity, inclusion and wellness have memberships of around forty employees and continue to grow as events and other programming is introduced.

For the past five years, Horace Mann has been named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, which recognizes corporate commitment to transparency in gender data reporting and advancing women’s equality.

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As of Dec. 31, 2023

In 2023, Horace Mann hired 455 employees: 258 women (57%) and 197 men (43%). The ethnicities of the new hires were 279 Caucasian/white (61%), 97 African American/Black, (21%) 20 Hispanic/Latino (4%), and 19 (4%) Asian. Forty hires (9%) chose not to self-identify or did not feel the ethnicities listed included them. The company’s voluntary turnover rate in 2023 was 16%. For additional information on our employee demographic information, please refer to our most recent EEO-1 report.

Employee Engagement

As part of our ongoing employee listening strategy, we regularly solicit employee feedback through pulse surveys on both specific items and broader topics. Since 2020, we completed six employee pulse surveys, with generally about 50% participation.

Employee participation
Survey #1 59%
Survey #2 59%
Survey #3 53%
Survey #4 32%
Survey #5 44%
Survey #6 47%

Overall, in the pulse surveys employees rated Horace Mann favorably on providing retirement vehicles that help them save adequately for retirement, keeping employees informed about company goals, and providing an inclusive environment. Employees identified competitive pay and benefits, support for physical and mental health, and more information on career development as potential areas of opportunity.

Pulse survey results are shared with senior leadership, who take them into consideration when making strategic decisions and operational plans. For example, employee feedback on the benefits of work flexibility helped influence the company decision to implement a hybrid workforce model. Subsequent surveys have confirmed work/life flexibility continues to be a leading factor in maintaining engagement from our employees.

In late 2022, we partnered with Willis Towers Watson to complete a comprehensive employee experience survey, with 74% of employees participating. In 2023, as part of our ongoing employee listening strategy, we plan to cascade discussions of survey results throughout the organization, build on opportunities for areas of focus, and solicit additional employee feedback.

In addition to “listening” through our surveys, we also promote a robust “stay interview” process and tool to ensure we are staying connected to our employees.

Supporting causes important to employees

Due to the mission-centricity of our organization, we find that many of our employees are active in their communities and committed to charitable causes. To support employees and the causes important to them, the Horace Mann Educators Foundation matches employee donations up to $1,000 to qualified nonprofits annually.