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:
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.
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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