Working Mother knows best
All our career moms out there will appreciate this release: Just this week, Working Mother put out its annual report on the 100 best places for women to work. Popular policies included wide-ranging flex options, generous paid maternity leave, affordable child care and career development.
Here are some tech and pharma companies that made the list, and a sampling of what they offer:
Cisco Systems San Jose, C.A.
Last year, 70 percent of the work force telecommuted, with nearly everyone using flextime. Plus, everyone gets a laptop and free home broadband service to make cyber-meetings easier.
IBM Armonk, N.Y.
The firm sponsors three on-site day care centers and 68 near-site facilities. It also subsidizes training and funding for other family-friendly programs. During the summer, employees can put their kids in one of IBM's summer programs, such as science or engineering camp.
Merck Whitehouse Station, N.J.
Employees follow flexible schedules on a trial basis, choosing to work from home, job-share or adjust hours, among other options. The best part is, everyone gets health benefits, whether they work 60 hours or six.
Of course, these great benefits exist for the fathers and non-parents at these companies. Who wouldn't want to strike that elusive work-life balance with such terrific perks? So hiring companies, take note: Finding the best talent out there might require some innovative policies, but you're guaranteed some very happy employees.
Is your company in this Top 100? Do you wish it were? Share your experiences as a working parent here.
Posted by Roseanne D.