Magazine article Working Mother

Working Mother Top 10

Magazine article Working Mother

Working Mother Top 10

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Those who dare to climb Mount Everest battle brutal winds, freezing temperatures and dangerous paths, all because they want to reach the top of the world. Like other peak performers, our Top 10 know that it takes special qualities to reach the pinnacle of innovation in the area of family-friendly benefits - perseverance, ingenuity and courage. It also takes listening. We asked human resources execs at our Top 10 what female staffers say they need most. The companies' responses show an unusual level of mindfulness. Whether it's cutting-edge time-off options at General Mills, a growing career development focus at KPMG or ramped-up networking opportunities at Wachovia, each of our Top 10 enacts programs that make women feel like they are being heard. These companies listen to their employees-and help them reach new heights every day.

Baptist Health South Florida

KATHRYN M. FISK

Corporate Vice President, Employee Services & Human Resources

"The health-care profession asks a lot of its employees. We've heard from our working moms that they love their jobs, but they need a little extra help. We responded with our Great Place, Great People initiative and have introduced a housing benefit, special retention and appreciation bonuses and a backup child-care and elder-care service."

Booz Allen Hamilton

HORACIO ROZANSKI

Vice President & Chief Personnel Officer

"Women at our company have been asking for flexibility-not only in work arrangements but in choices, too. We've revamped our paid-time-off structure for greater flexibility. We've created a new part-time career model, and we've introduced a series of initiatives aimed at increasing representation of women in the pipeline. We're committed to finding ways to say yes."

Ernst & Young

JAMES L. FREER

Vice Chair of People

'This past year we heeded the advice of our women employees and enhanced our parental leave policy to include six weeks of fully paid leave for primary caregivers, in addition to six weeks of fully paid short-term disability for birthmothers. The firm also introduced the Working Moms Network to help women make the transition back to work following parental leave."

General Mills

KELLY BAKER

Vice President of Corporate Diversity

"While our vacation benefits are among the best-with 90 percent of employees recommending us as a great place to work-flexibility in managing work/life balance continues to be a big concern for women when deciding where to work and whether or not to stay. We created new time-off options to help staffers maintain balance, including flex vacation and sabbaticals."

IBM

RONALD C. …

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