Working Mother mag: Childcare, healthcare and help at home make Ga. companies great for working moms

Working Mother magazine has chosen its Top 100 companies for working mothers and three Georgia companies have made the list.

Children’s Healthcare, Turner Broadcasting and the Wellstar Health System were chosen mainly for all the help they offer families. Henry Unger our business beat reporter covered the story this year. Here is a link to his summary of what is so special about these companies.

Many of the companies subsidized childcare and offered emergency childcare if you had to work. Many also offered extra health benefits such as paying partially for adoption and fertility treatments. (We talked about insurance covering fertility treatments  just last week. That lady was complaining that her husband’s “cheap” insurance only paid for the three rounds of IVF — we were all impressed it paid at all!) The concierge service from Wellstar I found most intriguing. You can send someone to walk your dog or pick up your child’s homework. That’s pretty amazing. I wonder how they keep people from abusing the system.

There are other breakdowns on companies on the Working Mother magazine site, such as which companies offer the best childcare or are the most flexible.

This is from Working Mother magazine site and you should be able to just click on the link to go to the list (For some reason the formatting won’t let me separate the paragraphs.):

The Best Companies list began in 1986 with just 30 companies.  And gradually grew longer.  1992 was the first year that debuted 100.  Here is a look at how far companies have come in…
From where you work to when you work, these five Working Mother 100 Best Companies are leading the way when it comes to creating true flexibility.
Whether it’s time off for a new baby, a family crisis, or a personal health need, companies are finding ways to support their working moms, dads and adult children.  Meet the top companies for…
From childcare subsidies to on-site childcare centers, learn how five 2010 Working Mother 100 Best Companies are taking care of employee’s biggest family needs.
Feeling so overscheduled that “hit the gym” or “schedule a mammogram” keeps falling off your to-do list? Some smart Working Mother 100 Best Companies are creating clever—and stress-free—ways to bring…
Boosting employee engagement while also promoting flexibility and training have enabled these Top 10 Working Mother 100 Best Companies to thrive during uncertain economic times. Here, chief…
As the Working Mother 100 Best Companies hits the quarter-century mark with this 2010 list, Working Mother Media’s president shines a spotlight on the initiative’s birth, groundbreaking results and…
Good corporate childcare is good business. It has proven to cut rates of absenteeism and turnover among employees. Find out how some top performing companies are helping their employees meet a…

So what do you think makes companies the best for working mothers? How is your company doing? What do you think of these breakdowns and info from Working Mother magazine?

13 comments Add your comment

Photius

September 14th, 2010
1:58 pm

I think these companies are wonderful and I wish more did the same. I fear that with very high unemployment, no raises and a stagnant economy perks such as these will get eliminated.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 14th, 2010
1:59 pm

good point photius.

JJ

September 14th, 2010
2:25 pm

My company is great for not just working moms, but the Dads too. A couple of the guys here are single parents. They have full custody of their kids.

Our company is great!!! Anytime I’ve ever had to take off with/for my child, has been paid. I’ve never been docked for having to be out with her. Now I’ve had to use a sick day to stay home with her, but my pay has never been docked. It’s never been frowned up by any of us to take time off to take a kid to the doctor. I work in a small company, and the “New guy” has been here 9 years now.

And no, I don’t expect anyone to do my work when I’m out. Like I said, we are a small company, and if one of us is out, someone will step up to the plate in their absence if necessary. Childless co-workers have no problem with that situation either. We are a family here and we take care of each other. No one complains when having to help out another. I guesss that’s why I’ve been here for 18 years now.

But then again, I work for a Japanese company and they are very family oriented.

mom2alex&max

September 14th, 2010
2:54 pm

JJ: that we should all be so lucky. Workers should support each other not wait for the opportunity to stab each other in the back.

JOD

September 14th, 2010
3:01 pm

I am very proud that my company is on the list, and deservedly so. IMHO, smart companies (like those on this list) know that it is smart business sense – regardless of the economy – to take care of their employees’ needs. Employees of all types are more likely to work through their issues, long hours, low (or no) raises, etc. if they feel supported by their company where it counts most: family. I previously worked for other companies who did not make this list – as soon as the economy improved even slightly and other options were available, many of the best employees walked away.

mom2alex&max

September 14th, 2010
5:39 pm

JOD: you are absolutely right!

Jeff

September 14th, 2010
5:47 pm

My company has many of these benefits as well. I just hate that it’s billed as a woman issue and not a human issue or parent issue. But I’ll take the benefit and make it work for me and my daughter.

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irisheyes

September 14th, 2010
6:35 pm

Interesting. I work for a public school system, and I don’t feel it’s very friendly for working moms at all. Yes, I know I get summers off and school breaks, but that doesn’t help when the 2 yo wakes up with the flu on a random day in October. Plus, trying to find a place to pump when I was breastfeeding was almost impossible, especially when you don’t even get a lunch break anymore.

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deidre_NC

September 15th, 2010
11:55 pm

the company i work for has nothing like that. their attitude is if you cant do things our way there are 500 people waiting to take your job. we get told that often. very sucky company to work for. really.

Will

September 16th, 2010
9:08 am

Should an insurance company for IVF? Isn’t that almost like paying for plastic surgery?

madmommy

September 16th, 2010
2:36 pm

deidre_NC, The last company I worked for was the same way and even if I was super sick I had to be there. Course, life is short and I would rather be out of work than to put up with that crap again.

I do find it funny that it is a women’s issue as well. My friends and I talk and find it amazing that if the dads “help out” they feel like they have really done something, when we do it day in and day out and they want a star sticker for it. Sorry, a bitter today I guess.