When employers make a consciousdecision to skip the sex checkbox when enrolling staff in insuranceplans for the sake of gender equality, we see many carriers knockback the application. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The modern-day office has become a battleground ofsocio-political efforts to embrace a more diverse, collaborativeand equal world. Companies have ditched corner offices for open floor plans(for better or worse), eliminated water bottles in the breakroomfor branded water bottles, and are making an active effort to hirepreviously un(der)represented cohorts. This particular fight tobring parity in the workplace is shifting from a battle of thesexes to a joining of forces, creating an environment where genderis inconsequential and talent and merit come first.

For HR managers, embracing gender neutrality is a double-edgedsword. It's a win for company culture as more individuals witnesspositive changes being put into action that make them feelgender-based disparity is fading in the corporate world. Yet, mostinsurance systems are still codified on gender, making the male orfemale distinction a sticking point.

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