Two local insurance companies and a North Georgia flooring manufacturer made Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers.

Unum came in at No. 159 out of 500 and No. 3 in the insurance industry.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee was No. 312 overall and 10th in the industry, while North Georgia flooring maker Mohawk Industries came in at No. 188 overall and eighth in the manufacturing/engineering category.


Forbes worked with online statistics provider Statistato ask more than 30,000 U.S. workers at companies with more than 5,000 staff members how likely they were to recommend their employer to someone else.

The survey also asked workers how they felt about other companies in their industry.

Unum leaders said the “unsolicited endorsement by employees” is the best thing about the recognition.

Director of staffing Kim Bolton discussed some of the reasons that may have helped the company land on the list.

“I think first and foremost it boils down to our culture,” she said. “We are development-focused and invested in every single employee’s development.”

The fact that Unum is a multinational company that employs a range of people-from call center workers and marketing specialists to nurses and lawyers-is another benefit to workers because there are diverse experiences available, she said.

She also noted the company’s intern program, which allows students to try out the corporate world.

Although insurance companies sometimes get bad raps, Unum specializes in products for the disabled or others who may be in a bad situation or suffered a loss, she said. That means that-although it can be difficult to take calls from people in those situations-it also means employees are in a position to help others.

“[Employees] are helping people in their day-to-day work,” she said.

Bolton also said that the company’s corporate giving is another factor that makes it stand out.

Karen Ward, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for BCBST, said that the recognition is a result of a positive work culture and of the company’s employees.

“Our employees are our greatest asset, so we constantly strive to support them in their jobs and improve their workplace,” she said in a prepared statement. “This national honor speaks volumes about those efforts and the mission-driven, inclusive culture we’ve built. We’re proud of our hard-working employees and everything they do to serve our customers.”

Leaders at Mohawk, which is the world’s largest flooring manufacturer and is located in Calhoun, Georgia, said they are pleased with the recognition.

Leaders with the publicly traded Fortune 500 company said they are proud of their employees and their commitment to value and service, which distinguishes Mohawk within the industry.

“A central part of our culture is maintaininga safe, fair and respectful workplace, andwe offer leading-edgelearning and wellnessprograms to help our people grow professionally and lead healthier lives,” MohawkCEO Jeff Lorberbaum said in a prepared statement.“AlthoughMohawkis a global organization,our workplaces reflect the values of the small communities where our business began. Those values fuel our culture, customer relationships and sustained growth.”