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Through good times and bad, United Rentals employees come together to support each other and their communities.
When the pandemic strained working parents and caregivers across the country, Women United, an employee resource group (ERG), held a virtual event to give employees a chance to vent their frustrations. – and express them! Four panelists shared their own experiences and responded to comments and questions from approximately 275 attendees. After an hour, the group has run out of time, but not the topic. Small group conversations followed.
“I became a new mother just before the pandemic and relied on the support network of my immediate colleagues,” said Kassondra Purcell, legal affairs manager and one of the leaders of Women United. “Hearing the stories of the panelists, I connected to the struggles they shared and left feeling empowered to raise my hand when I needed help.”
Recognizing and meeting the needs of colleagues is the raison d’être of United Rentals’ four ERGs, which also include Together United, Veterans United and Planet United.
“We know that a key to maximizing diversity is ensuring that all team members feel included, supported, valued and respected, and that’s where our employee resource groups come in. said Kacie Peltier, Director of Inclusion and Diversity.
ERGs are emblematic of United Rentals’ unique culture. They were born out of real grassroots needs and are employee-led, with the help of executive champions. All employees are welcome to participate in any GRE.
Here’s an overview of each GRE and how they contribute to a sense of belonging to various groups and help employees support each other and the causes they care about.
Together, united: fostering inclusion
Together United hosts events to help employees build personal relationships, with the goal of creating a more diverse, inclusive and empowered workforce.
A key element is the Ally program — “ally” meaning someone who supports and encourages. Currently, four allied groups promote understanding and respect for Black and African American, LGBTQ+, Hispanic, and Latino employees and mental wellness advocates.
“Allied programs encourage a safe space to talk about more difficult things that none of us are really good at talking about,” Peltier said.
They delve into topics such as generational biases, disability awareness, and family diversity. In June, the LGBTQ+ group held events and discussions to celebrate Pride Month to raise awareness of the barriers faced by LGBTQ+ employees. Members promoted a small, yet meaningful way for allies to show their support for their LGBTQ+ colleagues: include pronouns in their email signatures.
Following the social unrest of 2020 and calls for racial justice in the United States and around the world, Together United has developed a series of one-hour virtual discussions on racism, prejudice, fear and injustice. These roundtables gave employees the chance to speak, listen and learn from the diverse voices of their colleagues. They also served as a forum to collectively create next steps. Ultimately, they led to a company-wide conversation involving nearly every employee in the US, Canada and Europe, led by senior management.
Women United: championing women on the road to success
Women United aims to lead the transformation of gender diversity in the construction industry. Members, both men and women, strive to promote the rapid professional development of women, including through educational opportunities and by strengthening mentorship and peer-to-peer relationships.
“We actually encourage men to be part of Women United because we really can’t do it without them,” Peltier said.
Events included leadership summits and Go for the Goal, a workshop designed to help women support each other in achieving professional and personal goals. Participants shared aspirations that ranged from winning a job promotion to running a marathon and brainstormed ways to achieve them. They pledged to hold each other accountable and continued to support each other.
Women United also promotes celebrations such as Go Red for Women (designed to raise awareness of women’s heart health issues), Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Women in Construction Week.
Veterans United: Recognizing and Supporting Service Members and Their Families
Veterans United is committed to recruiting veterans and promoting the career development of current and former service members and their spouses, as well as giving back to the military community.
Members participate in fundraising events and donate days of service to Fisherman’s House FoundationValor Place and other veteran support organizations.
To help employees show their pride in past and present military service, the ERG has made available special decals for work vehicles and hard hats, badges for work clothes, and IDs for company signatures. email.
The ERG also helps educate the extended United Rentals team about the unique circumstances veterans face, such as long waits for medical appointments at Veterans Administration, and provides a safe space for veterans. fighters to share the challenges. After the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, for example, he hosted a virtual reunion where more than 60 veterans discussed how the event made them feel.
Veterans United warmly welcomes all new veterans to United Rentals with a video call and mailed welcome package. The ERG also hosts a Veterans Day/Remembrance Day appeal in November for all veterans and sends out thank you cards and ribbons to acknowledge their military service.
Planet United: Working towards a more sustainable future
United Rentals has set sustainability goals, including reducing its greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 35% by 2030. The most recent ERG, united planetpromotes environmental awareness and engagement and creates space to promote more sustainable practices within the company.
Members share their passion for helping the planet and their concrete ideas, big and small. Employees at a United Rentals branch lobbied to bring in a filtered water cooler and biodegradable cups to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles, and they’re helping other branches follow suit.
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ERGs are one way United Rentals works to ensure that diversity and inclusion are realities, not just talking points.
“Customers, suppliers and investors – they all express interest in diversity and inclusion efforts and want to know what United Rentals is doing,” Peltier said. “They want to work with companies that are focused on doing more in this space.”
ERGs contribute to a culture that has earned United Rentals public recognition, including being named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2022 by Newsweek and win a place on the Forbes list of America’s Top Employers 2022.
“What makes me most proud,” said Peltier, “is that ERGs are such an integral part of our culture. It’s our people who come together to create these new ideas, share their experiences and work together to make United Rentals a better place.
Learn more about United Rentals’ culture of support, value and respect, including employee resource groups, our Diversity and Inclusion page.
United Rentals, Inc.
United Rentals, Inc.
United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world. The company has an integrated network of 1,288 rental locations in North America, 11 in Europe, 28 in Australia and 18 in New Zealand. In North America, the company does business in 49 states and all Canadian provinces. The company’s approximately 20,400 employees serve customers in construction and industry, utilities, municipalities, landlords and others. The company offers approximately 4,300 classes of equipment for rent at a total upfront cost of $15.79 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, Barron’s 400 Index and Russell 3000® Index and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. Additional information about United Rentals is available at unitedrentals.com.
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