Magazine article Workforce

Awards for Being Singles Friendly

Magazine article Workforce

Awards for Being Singles Friendly

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Companies Policies Praised

On the face of it, the notion of a singles-- friendly workplace may seem unnecessary. However, since a full 40 percent of the workforce in the United States is unmarried, it makes very good sense to consider the unique needs of this huge group, says the American Association for Single People.

To honor companies for having policies and practices that respect the needs of single and unmarried adults, the nonprofit organization, which is a leading provider of information about resources for unmarried and single Americans, recently cited 20 major corporations, including Xerox, Nationwide Insurance, Delta Air Lines, and Viacom. NewYork Citybased Cendant, which provides travel and residential real estate services, was lauded for adding "marital status" to its equal employment opportunity statement, for tracking how many employees are unmarried, and for providing workers with information about groups that deal with issues of concern to singles. Cendant also was one of only six Fortune 500 companies to receive a Singles-Friendly Workplace Corporate Leadership award. …

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