GM recently announced that it will expand eligibility for its Total Rewards (benefits and policies) for employees.
This expanded eligibility, set to go into effect on January 1st, 2023, will allow qualified GM employees to add domestic partnerships to their benefits. This includes domestic partners – same-sex and different sex – as well as children of domestic partners, while the benefits include medical, dental, vision and more.
“Achieving our goal of becoming the most inclusive company in the world will only be possible if we continue to listen to our employees,” said senior vice president and chief people officer Kim Brycz. “Through feedback, we recognized the need for expansion and are happy to announce an enhancement to our Total Rewards package, which will now include domestic partners and their children.”
GM went on to state that it recognizes the market demands of today’s talent, and that it strives to meet the demands of current and future applicants.
This announcement follows recent GM developments where the Detroit-based automaker has been making efforts to increase diversity and inclusivity in its staff. The General recently dropped the four-year degree requirement for employment in certain positions in an attempt to focus on equity in route to becoming the most inclusive company in the world. GM believed this move would also remove biases that may impact an employee’s experience on the job, and create clear pathways for employees to join the company that have relevant real-world experience.
In addition, GM joined the Gender and Diversity KPI Alliance (GDKA) in 2021. This coalition allows companies to measure their gender and diversity using certain set of key performance indicators (KPIs). This enables GM to assess its level of inclusivity and how to improve upon it.
These efforts seem to have shown to be effective in promoting inclusivity. GM CEO Mary Barra was recognized by the Women Business Collaborative (WBC) with a WBC 2021 Excellence in Gender and Diversity CEO Award, which honors top business leaders promoting gender and diversity equity. GM was also ranked as one of the best places to work in 2021 for those with disabilities by Disability:IN, a non-profit dedicated to business disability inclusion.