Working Mother just released its 25th annual list of 100 Best Companies. Bank of America, Deloitte, Discovery, Ernst & Young, General Mills and IBM are among the top ten.
To land a spot on the list, businesses answered more than 600 questions about the benefits they provide to support working mothers and their families. Working Mother then scored companies based on a variety of factors, including workforce representation, childcare, flex time programs, and maternity leave policies. All of the winning companies provide private lactation rooms as well as assistance finding elder-care services.
Working Mother’s list began in 1986 with just 30 companies and by 1992, the list grew to 100. IBM and Johnson & Johnson are the only two companies that have been on Working Women’s list from the beginning. Luckily, times have changed in the past 25 years and thanks, in part, to these companies, being a working mom has generally gotten easier.
The 2010 Working Mother Best Companies list “sets the bar higher than ever before, each one offering a menu of benefits including formal and informal flexibility—with flextime, telecommuting and temporary part-time work options, to name only a few,” according to workingmother.com.
If only all companies could all be as family-friendly as Discovery Communications, where apparently, new moms are allowed nine fully paid weeks of maternity leave.
I wonder how many years it will take for the list to change to reflect the needs of not only working mothers, but also working fathers.
Which family-friendly benefits are especially important for you at a company?