Annual Working Mother Survey
Employee Caregivers Give High Marks to Certain Companies for Understanding and Accommodation
The provision of eldercare direction and services for employees is one of the top criteria in this year?s award of the ?100 Best Companies for Working Mothers? by Working Mother magazine.
found in its annual survey of employers that 98% of its top 100
companies offered eldercare resource and referral services. That
compares with only 20% of the rest of the nation?s companies surveyed.
" Even these tough economic times haven't swayed the commitment of our forward-thinking 100 Best companies," said Working Mother Editor-in-Chief Jill Kirschenbaum. "In fact, the magazine finds that companies have increased benefits -- ranging from child-care programs to massages to take-home dinners straight from the company cafeteria -- in order to cut stress and keep employees healthy."
Forty-five of those that made the list are financial and professional services companies, with Wachovia Corp. getting top marks in the category. Wachovia also received top honor as the most family-friendly/company culture.
The 100 Best companies, as ranked in the October issue of Working Mother, offered services above and beyond the national average company:
? 100% of 100 Best offer flextime vs. 55% companies nationwide
? 98% of 100 Best offer elder-care resource and referral services vs. 20% nationwide
? 99% of 100 Best offer an employee assistance program vs. 67% nationwide
? 96% of 100 Best offer child-care resource and referral services vs. 18% nationwide
? 94% of 100 Best offer compressed workweeks vs. 31% nationwide
? 93% of 100 Best offer job-sharing vs. 22% nationwide
? 77% of 100 Best offer therapeutic massages vs. 11% nationwide
? 47% of 100 Best sponsor sick-child care vs. 7% nationwide
? 44% of 100 Best offer before/afterschool care vs. 4% nationwide
? 39% of 100 Best offer paid paternity leave vs. 12% nationwide
? 27% of 100 Best offer paid maternity leave beyond the short-term disability period vs. 14% nationwide
For a complete state-by-state listing of the companies in the Best 100 list, click on this link www.workingmother.com/pr_10_23_100bestfactsheet.shtml
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