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"100 Best" companies for women

Five D.C. companies were among 100 who are being highlighted by Working Mother magazine for maintaining workplaces that allow women to keep balance between their work and home lives. For the 25th year, the list of "Working Mother Best 100" companies spotlights companies that "set a new standard for family-friendly policies." The local comanies include:

Arnold & Porter
Covington & Burling
Fannie Mae
National Education Association

Congratulations to them and to their very fortunate employees. The news release below, e-mailed to me by Ila Tyagi of The Rosen Group, a publicist for the magazine, explains the list and why the magazine chose to celebrate such companies.

Print out and show this post to your boss, give or her a hard look and then say something like, "How nice it must be to work for a company with such progressive, enlightened leadership. How wonderful that must be for the employees and the bottom line!"

New York, NY (September 14, 2010)--Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies initiative has set the bar for forward-thinking, family-friendly workplace policies for a quarter-century. Today, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies offer better benefits than ever before, eclipsing their counterparts nationwide. With 70 percent of mothers working--and women outnumbering men in the workplace for the first time in U.S. history--working moms have come a long way.

"Twenty-five years ago, we made a bold decision to launch our Best Companies initiative and challenge businesses to address the unique needs of working mothers," said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media. "The immense influx of women into the workforce demanded changes in workplace culture as companies strove to keep working moms' talent and loyalty. Today, we celebrate our winners' untiring commitment to their employees through an impressive array of programs."

While the Working Mother 100 Best Companies continue expanding their benefits, those at companies nationwide° lag. Just 44 percent of American companies offer telecommuting (vs. 100 percent of the 100 Best), 17 percent offer formal mentoring (vs. 95 percent), and 37 percent offer health insurance for part-timers (vs. 100 percent). 49 percent of employers offered flextime last year, down from 54 percent the prior year. In contrast, all of the 100 Best Companies offer paid maternity leave, lactation rooms, flextime, mental health consultations and elder-care resources; and 98 percent offer health screening and wellness programs--particularly significant in a stress-inducing, poor economy.

Improvements in these companies' offerings to working-family employees include:

THEN: Six weeks of partially-paid maternity leave
NOW: Six to 14 weeks at full pay, with pre-maternity leaves and new-mom phase-back
THEN: Four percent of Best Companies offered paternity leave
NOW: 75 percent of Best Companies offer paternity leave
THEN: Seven Best Companies offered on-site childcare
NOW: 99 Best Companies offer a range of services including backup child-care, sick childcare, before- and after-school care and summer camps for kids
THEN: Stress reduction programs
NOW: Fully-staffed medical centers at 63 percent, fitness centers at 78 percent and exercise classes at 80 percent of Best Companies

"There's been a dramatic change in America's mindset," said Suzanne Riss, Editor in Chief, Working Mother. "In 1986, women didn't acknowledge the fact that they were a mom at work for fear of being 'mommy tracked.' Today, moms have photos of their kids on their desks because companies recognize that moms make high-achieving, loyal and ambitious employees. What's more, other employee groups - including dads and people with aging parents - have benefited from the policies promoted by the 100 Best."

The Working Mother 100 Best Companies employ dynamic programs that adeptly help employees in all areas of their lives. Employees who want to learn how to build a nest egg in a cracked economy can benefit from Prudential Financial's one-on-one budget coaching. Intel supplies employees and their children and grandchildren with homework help via a tutoring hotline. And employees at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey work with a former stand-up comedian to learn how humor can reduce stress, as part of a five-year program focused on education, exercise and overall well-being.

Profiles of the 100 Best Companies, as well as national comparisons, are in the October issue of Working Mother and at workingmother.com/bestcompanies.


*Indicates a Top 10 winning company
־ Indicates a company on the list for all 25 years

Allstate Insurance Company
American Electric Power
American Express Company
Arnold & Porter LLP
Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
Bain & Company, Inc.
Bank of America*
Baptist Health South Florida
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical USA
Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Booz Allen Hamilton
The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Bronson Healthcare Group, Inc.
Capital One Financial Corporation
Carlson Companies
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Covington & Burling LLP
Credit Suisse
Dell Inc.
Deutsche Bank
Diageo North America
Discovery Communications*
Dow Corning Corporation
Eli Lilly and Company
Ernst & Young*
Fannie Mae
First Horizon National Corporation
First National Bank
Freddie Mac
General Electric Company
General Mills*
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Grant Thornton LLP
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
HCA Virginia Health System - Richmond Market
Hewitt Associates LLC
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
IBM Corporation* ־
Johnson & Johnson ־
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Kellogg Company
Kraft Foods, Inc.
LEGO Systems, Inc.
March of Dimes Foundation
Marriott International, Inc.
MasterCard Worldwide
The McGraw-Hill Companies
McKinsey & Company
Merck & Co., Inc.
Mercy Health System
MetLife, Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Moffitt Cancer Center
Monsanto Company
Morgan Stanley
National Education Association
New York Life Insurance Company
Northern Trust Corporation
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Novo Nordisk Inc.
Patagonia, Inc.
Pearson Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
The PNC Financial Services Group
The Principal Financial Group
Procter & Gamble
Prudential Financial, Inc.
sanofi-aventis U.S.
SC Johnson
Scripps Health
Texas Instruments Incorporated
TriHealth, A Partnership of Bethesda and Good Samaritan
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics*
VCU Health System
Verizon Communications Inc.
WellPoint, Inc.
WellStar Health System*
Wyndham Worldwide
Yale University
Yale-New Haven Hospital



Avis Thomas-Lester

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Why do best things for women have to be equated w/best things for mothers? Not all of us are mothers, but I would bet all of us want to work in a place where one's competence and professionalism are valued above everything else. Equally we don't want to work in a place where immaturity and jerky behavior are encouraged. Whether our families are our own here or our parents/siblings/friends here or elsewhere, we all want balance in our lives.

Posted by: katyjink | September 20, 2010 3:00 PM
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Goldman Sachs? Where was the data for that choice derived, from the huge class action discrimination law suit?
does anyone edit this pap?
GS rewarded high performers with all-male golf outings and strip club celebration dinners. the hostile atmosphere was not in doubt, the issue is if it was illegal and pervasive. the massive suit and its allegations have been all over the news for weeks.
pretty thin gruel to have the on the list.
and to have Wash Post repeat it.
embarrassing. do some research.

Posted by: FloridaChick | September 20, 2010 6:27 AM
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