Tag Archives: life at AFA

The Flexibility to Succeed

During his keynote at the recent Great Place to Work Institute® Conference, Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Jeffrey Pfeffer shared that “great workplaces impact health by reducing the factors that create adverse incidents – control, community, work/life balance.” American Fidelity ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Helping Colleagues Open Language Barriers

Have you ever thought about learning a new language - maybe to boost your career or give yourself the option to communicate with others in their native language? American Fidelity Colleagues have a great training benefit that allows us to ...

Total Compensation at AFA

When people interview for a new position, they usually ask about the salary, but often don’t ask about the total compensation package. If you’re job searching, make sure to ask about these benefits at each company with which you interview ...

What’s Happening at AFA I New Building Perks

With about 20 percent of our Home Office Colleagues settled in their new spaces at 9000 Broadway, we are working hard to ensure everyone has access to the amenities they are used to receiving. At the Home Office, our Colleagues ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Discount Tickets!

It’s spring break for Oklahoma City Public Schools and many of the other OKC metro schools. One of the great things about working at American Fidelity is the discount ticket program. Our Colleagues have the opportunity to take their families ...

Day in the Life: Special Investigator

Brandi Clark has one of the coolest job titles at American Fidelity – special investigator. It may sound like a job more suited to the CIA than AFA, but Brandi and her teammates play an important role in protecting our ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Fighting Fraud

Working for an insurance company, many of our Colleagues have access to our Customers’ personal information and it is our duty to protect them. One way we help our Colleagues stay updated on protecting our Customers is through our Fighting ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Leadership Development

At American Fidelity our Colleagues strive to learn and grow in every position from top to bottom. One way we help each other do that is by providing feedback on the work we do. Managers do this through reviews with ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Toastmasters Speech Contest

One of the things I like most about working at American Fidelity is all of the available training and opportunities to grow. AFA has its own Toastmasters club, the Classen Communicators. Toastmasters gives members a supportive environment to develop their public ...

Three Strategies the Olympics Teach Us about Teamwork

Whether it’s team figure skating, bobsledding, doubles luging or hockey, the Olympics clearly display the power of teamwork. Even in individual events, such as the new slopestyle event, competitors can often be seen cheering each other on and celebrating each ...

AF Promotes Work-Life Balance

When you’re looking for a new Company to employ you, some of the outlying benefits may be overlooked. Many employers now offer some type of employee assistance program, but not as many are as robust as the program offered by ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Hiring and Onboarding

American Fidelity recruiters are always busy looking for the right candidates to fill our job openings. It is very important that our Colleagues have a great start, from the time they begin the interview process to the time they attend ...

Rewarding Hard Work

Today American Fidelity is thanking and rewarding our Colleagues for all of the hard work and dedication they provided to our Customers in 2013. The AFA team worked together throughout the year to provide outstanding Customer service, and we want to ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Helping Colleagues Get Settled

You’ve probably heard that we’ve started the process of moving our Home Office Colleagues to our new location at 9000 Broadway. With the move comes many changes and uncertainty for our Colleagues. American Fidelity wants to make sure Colleagues are ...

Day in the Life: Group Underwriter

Unless you work for an insurance company, you may be unfamiliar with what underwriters do. And if you are familiar with the job, you may know they work with numbers and review insurance applications, but you may be surprised to ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Outstanding Service Rewarded

One reason I really enjoy working at American Fidelity is that the Company truly appreciates the hard work from our Colleagues. AFA shows their appreciation through team awards, the annual Service Awards, Colleague events and our Colleague of the Month ...

Great Place to Work Wednesday

One reason I love working at American Fidelity is that the Company shows appreciation for our Colleagues for all they do for our Customers. For example, we host a Colleague Appreciation Week, provide team awards, recognize a Colleague for outstanding ...

Stepping in to the Future

Since the late 1960s, American Fidelity Assurance Company has called the 2000 Classen Center in Oklahoma City home. This week, we officially opened up new opportunities with the first group of Colleagues stepping into their new work home at 9000 ...

AFA Helps Colleagues Save for Retirement

Every January my thoughts turn toward planning for the future and setting new goals. Sometimes it’s just for this year, but it doesn’t hurt to think about long-term goals like planning for my retirement. American Fidelity offers both a pension plan ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Celebrating Birthdays

At American Fidelity we are a family Company, and families celebrate special days with each other. One of the ways we celebrate is by wishing our Colleagues a happy birthday during their birthday month. Everyone enjoys getting a little extra ...

Day in the Life: Software Developer

At American Fidelity, our software developers play integral roles in assisting Colleagues and Customers. They create and improve systems so Customers can easily enroll in and use their benefits. They help Colleagues by building platforms to streamline processes. In our ...

What’s Happening at AFA I New Year’s Resolutions

Have you set your new year’s resolutions and started working on them? I have and I’m thankful for all of the benefits AFA offers that will help me reach my goals for 2014. Colleagues at AFA have benefits that will help ...

Best of Inside AFA 2013 – Part 2

Looking for a fresh start in the new year? Our top posts from 2013 will help you in your job search, plus you’ll learn about what it’s like to work at American Fidelity. We hope you enjoy these posts and ...

Best of Inside AFA 2013 – Part 1

As 2013 draws to a close, we wanted to share our top blog posts for the year. These posts will help you learn more about life inside AFA. You’ll meet our recruiters, get their advice and see how we support ...

Helping Colleagues Stay Healthy

We’ve talked about our efforts to help Colleagues eat healthy and exercise by providing on-site perks such as our fitness center, personal trainers, grill, healthy vending machine and free fruit. But we know that just offering wellness programs isn’t always ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Celebrating Colleague Dedication

American Fidelity is thankful for the hard work and dedication that our Colleagues have for our Customers. Without their commitment to the Company and Customers, we would not be the successful Company we are today. To show our appreciation, just ...

AFA Helps Colleagues’ Favorite Charities

I work for a great Company that supports its Colleagues as well as its community. But one of the programs it offers does both! Each November, we have a lottery where Colleagues nominate their favorite charities to receive proceeds from monthly ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Gadget Fair

At American Fidelity, being Always Future Oriented is one of our core values. This is just one of our five core values, but I want to talk about it today because of the great event we are having today to ...

53 Years and Going Strong

This week we celebrated American Fidelity’s 53rd birthday. Our birthday was on Dec. 1, and we celebrated with Colleagues on Tuesday with a bedlam bash. We got to wear our bedlam gear, or any attire to support our favorite teams and ...

Day in the Life: Benefits

During this time of year, many companies are wrapping up their benefits enrollment sessions and helping employees understand their benefits for the new year. American Fidelity is no exception. Since our benefits programs are a major factor in making us ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Sharing the Holiday Spirit at Buchanan

Last week I talked about our charitable efforts throughout the year, and those that really shine during the holidays. One of my favorite community efforts with American Fidelity is tutoring elementary students at our partner school, Buchanan Elementary. During the ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Generosity Abounds at American Fidelity

At any time of our year, my fellow Colleagues can be counted on to pitch in and help where there’s a need. But it seems like the holiday season brings out our charitable side. Once November hits, it seems like we ...

A Family Company – More than Just a Slogan

Our Family, Dedicated to Yours™ isn’t just AFA’s tagline – it’s our way of life. American Fidelity is dedicated to both our Customers and our Colleagues – and their families. That’s why we go above and beyond to help Colleagues ...

Sharing the Holiday Spirit I Donating Blood – or Food

Throughout the year American Fidelity partners with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to hold blood drives right here at our office so our Colleagues can conveniently donate to the local blood supply. Each year we also hold food drives where our ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Books Are Fun

This week American Fidelity Colleagues have the opportunity to purchase a variety of books right here at work. The Books Are Fun book fair will be here for our Colleagues to choose from more than 250 titles at great prices. Books ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Dining In

The cold, windy and rainy times are upon us and I don’t know about you, but those are times I do not want to go outside until it’s time to head home. That’s why I love having the All-American Grill ...

Day in the Life: Actuary

Before I began working at American Fidelity, I had no idea what an actuary did. In fact, I’m not even sure I’d ever heard of actuaries before! Actuaries play a vital role in the success of insurance companies, so for ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Company Store Showcase

At American Fidelity most of our Colleagues work here in Oklahoma City at our Home Office, but we do have many Colleagues working across the country in our field offices. Our field Colleagues travel to schools, auto dealerships, hospitals and ...

Happy Halloween I AFA Activities

The day of treats, costumes and spooky happenings has arrived and we are ready to celebrate. Here at American Fidelity we work hard every day, and the Company recognizes that by rewarding us with many small events throughout the year ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Continuing Education in the Workplace

Have you been thinking about going back to school just for a few courses, or to finish your degree but you just don’t have the time? I know some of our Colleagues have this problem, but American Fidelity is here ...

New Hires at AFA

October has been another busy month for our recruiters, as we have added 20 new members to our American Fidelity team. Ready to serve the education industry, we have six new account reps in the American Fidelity Educational Services Division ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Family Event

One of the great things about working at American Fidelity is all of the events we have for Colleagues to show how much the Company appreciates our hard work and dedication to our Customers. This year we voted on what ...

Helping Colleagues Understand Their Benefits

As an insurance and benefits provider, American Fidelity knows how important these benefits are. That’s why we do our best to make sure our Colleagues understand their benefits. We want Colleagues to understand their options and make the best decisions ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Flu Shots

It’s that time of year that we all start washing our hands or using hand sanitizer every time we touch something, disinfect everything at home and work and doing whatever else we can to not get the flu. The best ...

Millennials, why work at a boring insurance company?

Have you ever thought working for an insurance company would make for a boring job? Our Company president, Dave Carpenter, recognizes this stereotype and responded with reasons why you should want to work at American Fidelity, but I wanted to ...

AFA Helps Honor State Teachers

Yesterday I was lucky enough to represent American Fidelity at the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year announcement. Ultimately, Peter Markes from Edmond North High School was selected from among the 12 outstanding finalists to represent our state as the 2014 Teacher ...

What’s Happening at AFA I InformationWeek 500

I am proud to announce that last week we found out that American Fidelity earned a spot on the 2013 InformationWeek 500 list of Top Technology Innovators across the country! I spoke with our chief information officer to find out ...

Day in the Life: Marketing Specialist

Each month, we spotlight a different area of American Fidelity in our Day in the Life feature. This month, I interviewed Carrie Voden, a marketing specialist who works in the Worksite Group Marketing department. Carrie has been with AFA for ...

What’s Happening at AFA I State Fair Discounts

The State Fair of Oklahoma is right around the corner and American Fidelity Colleagues have been anxiously waiting to buy tickets right here at work. That’s right, we have the opportunity to purchase admission tickets, ride coupons, Disney on Ice ...

AFA Gets Lean

   AFA gets Lean – and I don’t mean by losing weight (although we do that too!). Lean organizations maximize value while minimizing waste. That means streamlining processes to focus time, resources and money on the things that bring the most ...

AFA Leadership Camp

Developing leaders at American Fidelity is a big deal. It’s important that our leaders are all on the same page when it comes to growing Colleagues and leading them to meet the Company’s strategic goals and initiatives. Each year all ...

What’s Happening at AFA I You Pick ‘em

If you’ve been following our blog, then you’ve probably read about our You Pick ‘em styled events this year. These events are a great way to show our Colleagues how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication to our ...

National Immunization Month

August is the perfect time to recognize National Immunization Awareness Month. With school starting back, it’s a great time to promote getting vaccines and to remind family, friends and co-workers to get themselves and their families caught up on vaccines.  So, ...

AFA Career Day

One of the things I like most about American Fidelity is that the Company truly cares about Colleagues and their families. Just last week we had the opportunity to host 22 college and high school students who were either related ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Interest Groups

If you’ve been following us at Inside AFA, you know American Fidelity does a lot to be an Employer of Choice for Colleagues. We know Colleagues spend a lot of time working really hard to serve our Customers, so we ...

AFA Colleagues Lend a Helping a Hand

Our Colleagues at American Fidelity truly value and care about our Customers – so much so that they didn’t hesitate to step up on their own to help those in need. In light of the recent tornado that devastated two ...

What’s Happening at AFA I AWD National Sales Conference

Oklahoma City is home to our Association Worksite Division’s (AWD) National Sales Conference this year, and we are excited to have account managers from across the country here for a few days! AWD is the division of American Fidelity that focuses ...

Day in the Life: Mail Center

  When most of us think of the mail, we picture our own personal mailboxes and the iconic LLVs of the United States Postal Service. However, many corporations also have mail rooms where employees process mail and keep the business running ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Onsite Farmers’ Market

This week I am excited for Thursday to roll around, so I can purchase some delicious fresh produce at AFA’s onsite farmers’ market! This is another initiative by AFA to help our Colleagues and their families lead healthier lives. We had ...

New Hires at AFA I Featuring a Support Center Colleague

It’s the time of month where I have the opportunity to welcome and share with you the newest members of the American Fidelity team. We have two new account managers in our Association Worksite Division (AWD) and five new account ...

Meet Our Recruiter

I am excited to announce that AFA has a new recruiter! Alejandra Campos joined us just six weeks ago as a recruiting specialist. She previously worked in the human resources department at Deaconess Hospital and was a member of the ...

How AFA Communicates with Colleagues

  This morning as I was reading AFweb, our Intranet, it struck me how American Fidelity works so hard to communicate with Colleagues. I know a lot of companies use similar communications tools, but AFA really makes an effort to communicate ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Smoothies and Prizes

Here at American Fidelity we work hard, but we also like to have fun with our fellow Colleagues. This year AFA decided to set some small events throughout the year that are “You Pick ‘em” styled events. That means the ...

Day in the Life: Support Center

Whether it’s called a support center, tech support or a help desk, most of us know the basics of what they do – provide technical support – yet many of us don’t know what it’s really like to work in ...

Welcoming New Faces

It’s been a big past 30 days for AFA recruiters! We’ve hired 33 new Colleagues. We have 15 new account reps in our Educational Services Division and one new account manager in our Association Worksite Division. At the Home Office, ...

Eat Smart: Wellness at AFA

  In a team meeting this week, my coworkers and I talked about how much easier it is to eat right at work than at home. We can go to our onsite grill for fresh fruit, yogurt or a veggie omelet ...

Staying Fit with AFA

One of the great things about American Fidelity is that they care about our health and well being. They show they care by offering a variety of benefits to our Colleagues. On-site medical clinic On-site cafeteria with many healthy choices On-site fitness center Walgreens ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Colleague of the Month

If you’ve followed our blog, you know that American Fidelity appreciates Colleagues.. We are shown how much we are valued through small gestures from our managers and teams to large events for the entire Company. One of the great recognition ...

Partnering with OBI to Help Save Lives

Today I’m ready to give blood and help save lives. American Fidelity partners with the Oklahoma Blood Institute five times throughout the year to provide an onsite blood drive for AFA Colleagues to donate without having to leave the office. ...

What’s Happening at AFA | Computerworld

I’m excited to announce that American Fidelity made IDG’s Computerworld’s list of Best Places to Work in IT for the 11th straight year! We moved up one position to No. 26, demonstrating our commitment to making AFA a great place ...

American Fidelity’s Financial Stability

  When you’re looking for a job, it’s easy to focus on flashy perks, unique benefits and compensation. While those things are all important, they won’t matter if the company isn’t around in a year to provide you that salary, fancy ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Account Rep School

American Fidelity Colleagues aren’t just here in our Home Office in Oklahoma City. We have field Colleagues across the nation who sell our products to employers. They have to be educated on the ins and outs of all the products ...

An Out of the This World Experience

  Yesterday at American Fidelity was the day two of my kids look forward to all year long. It was Bring Your Kids to Work Day. Nearly 150 kids came to the office for the morning for the activity whose theme was ...

Dedicated to the Community

  One thing I love about working for American Fidelity is our Company’s dedication to the community. Whether it’s a special circumstance of helping with tornado relief or our regular assistance to other causes, I appreciate the opportunity to help serve. ...

AFA Is Getting Competitive at Corporate Challenge

Today starts the 25th annual OU Medicine Corporate Challenge competitions and our American Fidelity team is ready to bring home the gold! Corporate Challenge is a great weekend event that brings Oklahoma companies together to battle it out in a ...

Dress for Your Day

At AFA, Colleagues get to dress for their day! Dress for Your Day empowers Colleagues to consider their schedule for the day and dress accordingly – whether that means jeans on Tuesday when they don’t have any meetings or professional attire ...

Oklahoma Tornado Relief

Like many across Oklahoma, the nation and the world, our hearts go out to those impacted by the recent tornados. At least 20 of our own Colleagues were directly affected and numerous others had family and friends who have lost ...

AFA New Hires

American Fidelity’s Customer base is growing and that means our Company is too. Our recruiters have once again been hard at work filling AFA positions. So far this month we have hired 20 new Colleagues ranging from full-time field Colleagues ...

Who Is AFA?

“We have more than 50 years of experience protecting families like yours by providing voluntary supplemental life and health insurance plans through your employer.” When you visit AmericanFidelity.com, that sentence greets you. But what does that really mean?    “50 years of ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Living Smart and Earning Recognition

If you’ve been reading the Inside AFA blog posts then you’ve probably read about how dedicated AFA is to our Colleagues. A great example of this is our Live Smart wellness program. We offer many benefits that encourage Colleagues to lead ...

Truckin’ for Food

Some great food and Thunder gear rolled in to the AFA parking lot today for a fun lunch event! We work hard every day, so it’s great to feel appreciated, be thanked for what we do for our Customers and ...

Why work at a boring insurance company?

I asked American Fidelity’s president, Dave Carpenter, to share his thoughts on why someone would want to work at AFA. Here’s his candid response: Why would you want to work at a boring insurance company? I could tell you we have ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Providing Opportunities

You’ve probably heard me talk about our tagline, “Our Family, Dedicated to Yours”. It’s true, American Fidelity really cares about Colleagues and invests in not only us, but our families, too. One of the great things AFA does for Colleagues ...

Ask a Recruiter I The Right Resume

Do you ever find yourself preparing your resume to submit with a job application and realize you are completely unsure if it is on the right track? Well I sat down with one of our recruiters to find out what ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Thunder Up

One thing I know about American Fidelity and our Colleagues is that we love our Oklahoma City Thunder. We love to watch them play and are proud to support our local community with them. To show our support during the NBA ...

Day in the Life: Customer Service

Our Customer service teams are the heart and soul of American Fidelity. Their goal is to keep our Customers satisfied and keep AFA in business. Our Customer service representatives spend their days on the phone helping Customers, processing billings and distributions, ...

Help Protect Your Income and Help Others

One of the great aspects of working at American Fidelity is that we get to help provide financial protection to our Customers through our products and services. One of those products is disability income insurance, which can help protect your ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Volunteering, Running and Remembering

Just yesterday, thousands of people participated in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, including quite a few of my American Fidelity Colleagues. Those of us who weren’t running had the chance to work at the Water Stop in front of our ...

New Faces at AFA

It’s time to welcome the newest Colleagues at American Fidelity. In the past month, AFA hired 19 new Colleagues for home office and field sales positions. Three Colleagues will now be helping AFA reach more of those working in the education ...

Giving Blood and Saving Lives

Tomorrow is a blood drive day for AFA. We work with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to provide an onsite blood drive so our Colleagues can help save lives without having to leave the office. American Fidelity has been hosting blood ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Earth Day

Every year on April 22, people across the world take part in Earth Day, and that includes us here at American Fidelity. Individuals, communities, organizations, businesses, etc. recognize the amazing planet we live on and take action to protect it.  So, ...

AF Offers Tools to Help Colleagues Plan for Retirement

This week, I’m learning a lot about how important it is to save for retirement. The earlier we start saving, the easier it is! American Fidelity is great in that the Company offers both a pension plan and a 401(k) savings ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Partnering with a Local Elementary School

Our tutoring program with Buchanan Elementary is one of my favorite community efforts that American Fidelity Colleagues are involved in. Buchanan has been AFA’s partner school since the 2006-2007 school year. We get the opportunity to tutor a student 30 ...

Ask a Recruiter I Finding the Ideal Teammate

At American Fidelity, teams generally work together to make the right choice in adding Colleagues to their departments. So, are you wondering exactly how do they do this? I sat down with AFA recruiter Kim Brecheen and asked her the ...

American Fidelity Values

When looking for a job, most people focus on the job description, salary and perks. But what about a company’s values? While some values might be obvious – the American Heart Association values healthy hearts, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma ...

What’s Happening at AFA I Walking for Our Hearts

We all know it’s important for companies to be involved in the communities where they do business. We believe it’s more than something to put in the annual report. It’s part of who we are and work on a daily ...

Day in the Life: Project Management Team

I recently sat down with American Fidelity Colleagues Heath Wiederstein and Kim Eckley to talk about their jobs, Agile, Scrum, stand ups and sprints. Say what? Heath and Kim work in ISD, AFA’s Information Services Division. They work on the project ...

New Office Space Embraces New Work Concepts

This fall, my fellow Colleagues and I will begin moving into a new headquarters location, and we’re really excited about the possibilities! The new location just a few miles northeast of our current Home Office will be worlds apart in office ...

What’s Happening at AFA I AFA Excels in Training and Development Programs

American Fidelity is known for our top notch training and development programs that we offer to Colleagues. We have been recognized on Training Magazine’s Top 125 list for nine consecutive years. So, why does AFA take training and development so seriously? ...

Colleagues Go Bald for Childhood Cancer Research

I always love hearing about fellow Colleagues who get involved with the community. This week, a brave foursome had their heads shaved as part of the national St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s fundraisers to help them find cures for childhood cancers. Colleague John ...