Top companies for working moms: Children’s Healthcare, Turner and WellStar

Three Georgia firms made the “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” list for 2010: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Turner Broadcasting and WellStar Health System, which made the top 10.

Here’s why Working Mother says it picked them:

Children’s Healthcare

Moms are deeply appreciated by this pediatric health-care system, which annually names one female employee Working Mother of the Year and rewards her with a paid day off, a spa trip and Atlanta activity passes.

When they’re in a real bind, parents can access backup child care at area facilities and even request an in-home visit by a caregiver (average costs: $16 and $32 per day, respectively). All employees have access to a database of prescreened babysitters.

Lactation rooms, gift certificates for free meal preparation and three subsidized day-care centers a stone’s throw from work are a big help, as is a $10,000 benefit for adoption and infertility treatments.

Turner Broadcasting

In times of challenge and crisis, moms at this media company don’t have to go far to find support. If they are concerned about their physical well-being, they can visit the new health and wellness center at headquarters, which provides free preventive exams, flu and cold care, vaccinations, allergy shots and health coaching.

If they are battling cancer or caring for someone who is, they can turn to a new program that pairs them with a cancer-care nurse and dedicated clinical team.

If they plan to deliver or adopt a child (as the primary caregiver), they can rely on eight fully paid weeks off, with $10,000 in adoption aid (up from $5,000 in 2008).

WellStar Health System

Sometimes moms just need an extra hand to get things done, which is why the launch of a concierge service by this health-care organization made such a big splash in 2009. Employees now have someone who can walk their dogs, pick up kids’ school assignments or arrange home repairs, among other things.

But that’s not the only way the organization has helped moms recently. It started covering in vitro fertilization, opened lactation rooms at all sites, expanded job-guaranteed maternity leave to 36 weeks from 16 and padded out its six partially paid weeks of short-term disability leave with three fully paid days.

Adoption aid increased for the third year in a row, rising to $5,000 from $4,000, and business-trip backup care was added, costing just $2 to $4 per hour, up to 80 hours per year.

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Morrigan

September 14th, 2010
9:51 am

With the exception of lactation rooms, the benefits these companies offer seem to benefit everyone, not just “working moms”. Stop making them out to be superheroes; I have to arrange home repairs and care for sick family too, and I have no kids. Furthermore, I’m tired of hearing child-care problems referred to as “women’s issues”. They’re not. They’re “parent issues”.

I wonder how many raises or jobs could have been made with the money spent on lactation rooms, which are probably used infrequently by very few people.

Amy

September 14th, 2010
10:05 am

Wow, sour much? You seem to have a reading comprehension problem. A magazine called “Working Mother” (who created the list) probably focuses on…drum roll please…working mothers. Go figure. Mr. Unger also noted “When they’re in a real bind, parents can access backup child care…” Did you catch that? “Parents can access… child care”? Are you sure? Need another minute?

My company (not one of the three listed) has a lactation room, and it gets used on a weekly basis. I’m not sure what erroneous assumption you’re working under, but it’s not some fancy setup, it’s just a small, locked private room with some chairs. If it weren’t a lactation room, it’d be a storage closet, and I can promise you no jobs or raises would suddenly be freed up from the cost of a plastic door sign and a key lock.

RenaP

September 14th, 2010
10:06 am

I’m tired of “moms at work!” what happens is – the people that aren’t “new moms” get the brunt of it. The mom’s are out with sick kids, or pumping their breasts when others are getting the work done. Try scheudling a meeting with these women’s flexible scheuldes. some companies really can’t handle the inconvenience – but they try. Don’t want any law suites. When a woman has 1-child we can deal with it at work. But you have women having 3 and 4 kids. I wish people would decide – kids or career. Having both puts a strain on everyone else at work plus – i really don’t see how it can be healthy for the kids.

dhb

September 14th, 2010
10:06 am

@Morrison – I agree that child-care issues are not just women’s issues, they are indeed parent issues.
Sounds like you have an issue with working moms and that you feel they are made out to be better than what they are or feel what they do is not important because you do the same.. Think about this — all your arrangements for home repairs/car repairs, care for sick family member and times that by about 50 when you have a child or multiple children while you’re working… That’s a lot of stress!

BTW, lactation rooms don’t have to be elaborate and I know at my company it does get used. We have one it’s just a small private office. Trust me, there is not a lot of money put into it — but just the thought itself is welcoming for a new mother to come back from work and see that there is support.

Dee

September 14th, 2010
10:08 am

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dhb

September 14th, 2010
10:10 am

RenaP – I have multiple kids but I can tell you that I’m out less often than others without kids AND I travel! Why should a mom have to choose kids or a career?!

Public Health Girl

September 14th, 2010
10:13 am

I have applied many times for positions with both Wellstar and Children’s. I guess the reason why I, somebody with both a Bachelor of Science, and a Master of Business of Administation, and years of Public Health experience, can’t seem to get hired by either of these companies, is because I’m childlesss…………. Maybe I should borrow a baby and bring it on my next job interview.

Palin fan

September 14th, 2010
10:14 am

Unless these women are serving their country or the Lord, they should be at home with there children like any decent conservative mother would.

working mom

September 14th, 2010
10:32 am

@RenaP you are so harsh. Career or kids………..
Why can’t we have both?
somebody is just jealous

edp

September 14th, 2010
10:36 am

…and Sarah Palin is at home taking care of her children????

LovelyLibra

September 14th, 2010
10:37 am

@Palin fan – even Sarah Palin worked while raising her children, do you consider that a “good conservative mother”…..Palin fan….did you contact Sarah and asked her why she’s traveling the country spending countless hours campaigning when she should be home raising her children, maybe Bristol wouldn’t have gotten pregnant as a teenager if she was home raising her child like “any decent conservative mother”.

Grandmother

September 14th, 2010
10:45 am

Career or kids?? Love that. Let me know which “career” is there for you when you become elderly, and you will hopefully. Maybe you plan to work hard and die young. I’ll pass thank you. Currently, my siblings and I are caring for elderly parents who worked hard to raise us and their career isn’t there even in small doses.

MBA mom

September 14th, 2010
10:51 am

Depending on your age, you have probably heard a story or a mom or grandmother who had societal obstacles that prevented her from meeting her aspirations in the workforce becuase “a woman’s place is in the home”. No one ( except Palin fan I think) wants to return to that time becuase it is obvious that making any human choose between meeting thier professional goals and being a parent is utterly unnecessary and a patent waste of useful intellect and skills.

I think we can all agree that mom’s in the workforce are good for companies (whose employee base reflects thier client base), children ( who see thier smart moms in the same light as thier smart dads) and women themselves who have the ability to achieve, grow and succeed as anyone deserves to. Sure its a bit more difficult for moms when a child is occasionally sick but what dad or single person doesn’t need time off for occasional docs appt or 20 mins for a coffee break ?

Kudos to these compaies for overcoming these fairly minor challenges to employing moms – society is better for it.

MistaO

September 14th, 2010
11:05 am

For the last 30-40 years women have been fooling themselves. You CAN’T have it all! Someone said it already, kids or career. Most of these women (families) end up with worthless kids who have all sorts of problems due to not having at least one parent at home.

Now I know all the whiners and not me’s will come a running, but the proof is in the pudding. Since women have basically said screw the homelife, I gotta do me, families have hit rock bottom and the evidence is all through our society.

So keep fooling yourselves and keep producing marginal offspring, at best.

Working Mom

September 14th, 2010
11:18 am

Holy Woman bashing!!!

So I work not because I am some great career woman but rather because there are little things in life called health insurance and groceries. I would much rather stay at home with my child but it’s the need to eat and live indoors that drives me from my home each day. And yes we’ve already cut corners; my husband and I drive second hand vehicles, live in a 2 bedroom house and rarely go out to eat (lunch included)

As far as me pumping at work to feed my child (also way to save money) , I spend much less time pumping than others do smoking, managing fantasy league sports, and March Madness score sheets. For Dr visits I use PTO and how many single people are at work with a hangover or calling in because of late night binders

I guess the hostility is coming from those who are unable to meet women because of their trollish attitudes (and probably appearance) Get over yourself already!

MBA mom

September 14th, 2010
11:20 am

Holding women accountable for “marginal offspring” is non-sensical MistaO. Clearly, balancing the instillment of values and good behaviour with the exposure that computer age has provided and the natural evolution of family structure is a challenge but evey generation has faced them. Working Dad’s are just as accountable as working mom’s for families in crisis.

catlady

September 14th, 2010
11:41 am

My principal “generously” gave me permission to pump in the teacher’s bathroom–a 3X3 dark, airless toilet, with the male and female faculty sitting right outside the door. Needless to say, I left every day looking like a dairy cow, rushed to the sitter’s, sat down, and fed the baby.

Jason

September 14th, 2010
11:44 am

I just wonder how many single or married people without kids have to work longer hours to make up for those with kids who are always late because of Jr., always out because of Jr., or always having to leave early because of Jr.?

Meme

September 14th, 2010
12:08 pm

Wow, I can’t believe how hostile some of your are. My children are grown, but even as young single adults I have needed to be with them during a medical procedure, or after a car accident, I have been offered the same considerations during those times as my coworkers with young children. My parents, being elderly have needed me for illnesses and after a home fire during the work week, even now with my Dad in a nursing home and widowed, as an only child, I have had to be off for him and I was again offered the same considerations. I do not work for one of the named companies, but I am thankful for my employer. Oh by the way, I occasionally take off 30 minutes early or something to attend a grandchild’s event also.

I’m just glad I don’t work for or with some of you, because my family does come first. I have worked all of my adult life and have never felt like I was a burden on any of my coworkers or employers. As the mother or stepmother of 5, yes 5 boys, not a one of them has ever been in trouble, and all graduated college with honors. I don’t work because I like to, I work because I HAVE too, especially in this downed economy.

Erica

September 14th, 2010
12:23 pm

@Working mom: Amen!!!!

Why do I work? Simple, because my income is necessary to our household…to 9with my husband) keep a roof over our heads, food on our table, clothes on our backs, and yes, be able to have somewhat reasonably affordable health insurance. If DH was to get a better paying job that could allow me to be at home with my little one, I’d do it in a heart beat!

I am glad to see that employers are realsitic and sensitive enough to the fact teh family needs also must be at least a consideration for an employer. Not only do some of us have small kids, but we also are tending to aging parents who also need our attention. It is an aboslute blessing to work with an employer who values its employees enough to give them the tools to take care of their family responsibilities AND perform at work.

Have I ever used my status as a parent NOT to perform at a top level at work? No and as a matter of fact, when I have been fortunate enough to work in an environment where employer/employees function as a team and not an us v. them mindset, I have been even MORE willing to go the extra mile as an employee, because I’m appreciative of being in a supportive work environment. Much like the adage related to marriage “Happy wife= happy life”, a “happy employee= a productive employee”. These are the things that keep employee morale high, even during tough economic times, such as now.

Becky

September 14th, 2010
12:26 pm

I think Palin fan was talking tongue-in-cheek– that’s called sarcasm, y’all. I’m a working mother of 3 kids and even I’m not sleep deprived enough to have missed that.

You guys just have no idea– how about you take the hatred you’re spouting at working moms and use some of that energy to make the world a better place. You seem to have it all figured out.

LifevsWork

September 14th, 2010
12:32 pm

I think the real over all problem is companies need to do a better job of helping employees balance work and life. Helping out working moms/dads is great. But what if it’s not about children. What if it’s about a elderly parent, a sick pet (who are like children to many of us), returning to school when classes are only offered during certain hours, the hours wasted commuting. Companies need to face the facts and become much more open to understanding that there is little difference anymore between an employees work like and personal/home life. We are forced to blend the two together just to keep up. The 9-5 work day is dead. The faster we can all work from home/remotely and drop the ancient idea of traditional work hours the more options we have to balance our work and home.

ya mama

September 14th, 2010
12:42 pm

Amen Working Mom. You said it best.

Southern Ignorance at It's Best?

September 14th, 2010
12:58 pm

Reading the comments of the bashers shows the unfriendly, backwards, redneck thinking of the south. I have plenty of freinds who were working mothers and their kids did most certainly turn out to be viable members of society.

Regina

September 14th, 2010
1:00 pm

Working Mom and Erica, some people don’t understand that a woman’s income is just as vital as her husband’s in today’s society. I am a single mom and all the responsibility is on me, so I definitely have to work.

Raising children is the responsibility of both parents. However, most of the responsiblity falls on the female. Most companies don’t understand when a man has to leave work when their child is sick, so that responsibility still is considered the mother’s concern.

TP

September 14th, 2010
1:05 pm

Wow…some bitter people out there!

iamraesta on twitter

September 14th, 2010
1:18 pm

Smh …I am a male and I have the utmost respect for a woman who has my kid and helps me raise the child. No matter how much we try as men we won’t equal up to the woman’s worth. I will my wife when I get one you can do whatever you like the sky’s the limit. A child is not a tear in your ACL people, its the life you brought into this world and the “HATErS” stop it you sound stupid.

Palin fan

September 14th, 2010
1:25 pm

To all of you Sarah haters, Sarah is not at home with her kids be cause she is serving her country and fighting the forces of socialism and libralism.

Dumb-A Palin Fan

September 14th, 2010
1:48 pm

@Palin Fan? Are you SERIOUS? Out “serving” her country? Make that statement to the countless of soldiers who died in Iraq while REALLY serving our country!

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65 foot tall burning Jesus

September 14th, 2010
1:50 pm

Cooking, cleaning and making babies is the only thing women should do. The workforce is weekened with women.

Ginger G.

September 14th, 2010
1:52 pm

This is in response to Jason. It’s constant, Jason. Those of us who are empty nesters or childless are automatically expected to pick up all slack, stay late, work the weekends, and yes, be available at every holiday throughout the year. It goes without saying at our firm – the boss does not care which woman or women do the work, just so it all gets done. We do not get higher raises or more of a bonus. We do not get the same consideration as the childed staff members do. We just have to keep it to ourselves if we don’t like the inequity of the situation and make sure the work gets done.

Sarah The Two-Faced

September 14th, 2010
1:56 pm

Sarah Palin is a fame “ho”. That’s obvious from even an early age as she went from beauty pageant to beauty pageant “hey, look at me! look at me!”. So she wants to run around the country preaching how we must return our country to it’s roots? How can she talk about ANYONE when she couldn’t even keep her own teen-age daughter at home instead of out getting knocked up! Was Sarah not watching her child? Why didn’t she TEACH her OWN daughter better morals. Yet, here Sarah is! Telling the rest of the country what WE”RE doing wrong. One should lead by example instead of being a self-indulgent moron!

Lindy

September 14th, 2010
2:04 pm

I have to agree with Ginger. Those working moms DO get to pass the buck when responsibilities at home come knocking. But one thing I DO disagree on…most of the time the women who sat in offices went home at 5:30. It was the working “cubicle” moms who were expected to stay and complete the work. As an Admin, I was a working mother to a 4-yr old but I can’t tell you how many nights a week I didn’t get home until 9:30PM!! I worked in marketing and there was ALWAYS a deadline of material and PowerPoints that had to be emailed AND received in a client’s inbox by the time they arrived to work the next day! Of course it wasn’t the Marketing Guy who stayed late. He took his time ALL day to tweak and fine-tune. What did he care. He got to go home at 5:00 and left me holding the bag. It wasn’t his problem, concern or empathy that I would be there until WHATEVER time it took to put together reports, presentations and electronic files of ALL the materials needed.

Erica

September 14th, 2010
2:08 pm

@ Ginger: The only way my colleagues have EVER known that I have kids is the pictures on my desk and in conversation. I have always been expected (and expected myself) to perform at work. I resumed travelling for work with an infant whom I HATED to leave. I travelled while pregnant and literally worked up until 2 days prior to my child’s birth. I don’t believe that women should exploit motherhood as an excuse to “get away” with doing less at work, but we shouldn’t have to apologize for having kids either. Does anyone scrutinize you when you call in sick or you have an MD appointment? Then I should not be penalized for taking off work to care for my sick kid either. All I can say to you is be extremely careful when you say what you can’t or won’t do until you are confronted with that circumstance.

Morrigan

September 14th, 2010
2:11 pm

Wow Amy, (to use your strange grammar:) “Hate your own life much?” Or are you just a a shrill little scold that no one listens to or takes seriously?

Katy S

September 14th, 2010
2:13 pm

Working Mom Magazine? THAT rag is for ONE type of working mom only…those with professional careers. There are millions of working moms without college education who do not GET those luxuries of “working” from home or telecommuting. They have the luxury of not having to use sick or vacation time like those of us earning a little more than minimum wage. This is a true story!! I once worked for a company where I was called from school and asked to pick up my sick child. When I went into HR to let them know I had to leave, they actually had the fricking gall to ask “Why couldn’t my husband do it?”. (He ALSO worked full time) I was an Admin so of course they had no respect for me! They just needed a body there to get the work done and to h#ll with my family.

Happily Oblige!

September 14th, 2010
2:23 pm

For all of you who have a problem with mothers who work you can do one of two things – start sending me enough money to pay the bills, then I can happily leave the workforce and put more time into raising my children so they do not grow up to be rude, ignorant, and judgmental like you or you can simply shut up and deal with it just like I deal with you and everything you bring to the office – and don’t fool yourself – EVERYBODY is dealing with SOMETHING. Maybe if you were raised by a hard-working woman who paid the bills you would appreciate the plight and success of the working mother instead of trying to put her down for doing what she HAS TO DO. How pitiful you must be to find the need to attack women who are not waiting around for Uncle Sam or someone else to support them but are proactively SURVIVING and supporting themselves.

Know one thing, you WILL answer to God for every judgment you make upon another, you can count on that.

GeorgiaNut

September 14th, 2010
2:34 pm

RenaP and others with negative views…Not all “mothers” take time off to be with sick kids. I thank god that we can balance both work and family and we are “superwomen” whether people agree or not. I have FIVE kids that I had on the same job and yes, I pumped 3x a day. I use my am & pm breaks and my lunch hour. My husband was the one to take time off when the kids were sick and if he couldn’t, then I did. Because I was such a reliable worker, I had the option of working from home as well. Please ready Amy’s post again and for the record MistaO, i’m in the 35 to 45 age group and “I DO HAVE IT ALL”.

Linda L

September 14th, 2010
2:42 pm

Well Georgia Nut…you are one of the FEW who can have it all. I simply can not fathom WHY a mother would chose to have FIVE kids and NOT want to be home with them! You can lie to yourself about having it all, but you can’t lie to the rest of us. FIVE kids EQUALS FIVE times the homework, FIVE times the extracurricular activities, FIVE times the amount of food to be prepared, FIVE times the laundry, FIVE times the changing of bed sheets! And so on and so on. Unless you are one wealthy woman who PAYS to have others do many of these things for you, I would say you are EXHAUSTED!!! And if you are wealthy? Your voice doesn’t count anyway. We’re talking about the average working mom. I don’t know of a single mom who doesn’t have titles, wealth, corner offices, etc, who is NOT exhausted.

ABC

September 14th, 2010
2:50 pm

I am ALL for balance for working moms. However, I think the emphasis these days should be for ALL employees to have a work/life balance. I think dads too should be able to leave early every so often to attend a child’s football practice (or coach it!). I think child-free workers should too be able to leave early to attend their niece’s school play. I think EVERYONE is entitled to balance. And the sooner employers realize that, the sooner productivity will increase and America can once again be a great place to live and work. For an industrialized country, it is downright SHAMEFUL how we treat our workers, of all ages, genders, and marital status.

Palin fan

September 14th, 2010
4:12 pm

Don’t all of you Sarah-haters have anything better to do than pick on a courageous woman who is serving her country in politics and taking this country back through the conservative movement?

CartersMom

September 14th, 2010
4:20 pm

The people who have issues with pumping, etc, will be the first ones to scream for it when their wife has a baby or when they have one themselves.

Jane Quatam

September 14th, 2010
11:22 pm

Its amazing what Wellstar can accomplish with a little extra money care of Medicaid Fraud.