At First Tennessee, our goal in creating a diverse workplace is simple. We want to achieve 100 percent inclusion where the entire workforce has confidence that it contributes to the essential business of our company.
To make this happen, it is critical for us to recruit for diversity and embrace an all-inclusive environment that ensures all employees have an opportunity to demonstrate high performance and succeed.
Inclusion from the start
All managers are expected to attend the company's two-day inclusion workshop within their first six months of employment.
Results indicate it's an approach that works. At the end 2007, the corporation had increased its hiring of minorities and women by 25 percent, compared to its 2003 baseline.
Keeping the best
Retention becomes a critical component of maintaining diversity in the workplace. People tend to stay with a company if they believe they have an essential role in the company's ability to reach its business goals in an environment that supports the employee's growth and development.
At First Tennessee, we build that support by providing:
- Open channels of communication
- Opportunities at every level for professional development/learning
"Inclusion to me means that each employee has the same opportunity, the feeling of being involved in the company and that their input matters," said Tara Burchett-Washington, a Memphis First Tennessee employee. "Inclusion is a state of mind, a state of being – it is a culture that I am very proud to be a part of."
Did You Know?
First Tennessee parent company, First Horizon National Corp., has been named by the National Association for Female Executives to the 2009 NAFE Top 50 Companies for Executive Women list.