With more women in the United States juggling the dual challenges of working and raising children, many companies are offering benefits and implementing policies that support parents and make it a little easier for women to meet the demands of both work and home.
Working Mother magazine released its annual list of the 100 best companies for working mamas. Companies that were flexible and offered paid time off for parenting needs, advancement programs and child-care options moved to the top of the list.
“These companies are committed to serving their most precious resource, their employees,” Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media, told Business Insider. “They are asking tough questions and challenging themselves to be family friendly in an era of 24/7 global work.”
Working Mother has compiled a best companies list for the past three decades. This year, 15 industries that employ nearly 2.1 million people are included on the list. About 46 percent of those employees are women.
The magazine says workplace advancements have been made over the past 30 years that make life a little easier for working moms. For example, in the late 1980s, just five of 30 best companies offered fully paid maternity leave. Today, all 100 of the best companies offer paid maternity leave to full-time employees, and many offer paid paternity leave and paid adoption leave, which was unheard of 30 years ago.
According to Working Mother, these are the top 10 companies for working moms:
- Ernst & Young LLP
- General Mills
- McKinsey & Co.
- WellStar Health System
IBM and Johnson & Johnson are the only companies that have earned a place on the list for all 30 years.
Click here for a full list of the 100 best companies for working moms.
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Although I work from home now, I was employed outside the home when I had both of my children. Fortunately, even though my employer didn’t have to follow the Family Medical Leave Act because we had just nine employees, my boss was flexible and agreed to offer 12 weeks of maternity leave. My leave wasn’t paid, but even so, it did make it a little easier to juggle the work-life balance.
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