Working Mother has released this year's list of the "100 Best Companies" for working mothers and the list features six hospitals and health systems and several other organizations in the health care industry.
To qualify for the 33rd annual list, companies had to answer over 400 questions on topics including:
- Advancement programs;
- Flexibility policies;
- Leave policies; and
- Workforce representation.
The magazine used those responses to create its top 100 list, but did not individually rank the companies.
Six hospitals and health systems made the list, including:
- Baptist Health South Florida (Miami);
- Bon Secours Virginia Health System (Richmond, Virginia);
- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Atlanta);
- H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (Tampa, Florida);
- Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (Chicago); and
- WellStar Health System (Atlanta).
All six are Advisory Board members.
The list also recognized several other organizations in the health care industry, including pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and diagnostic companies. Of those honorees, 18 are Advisory Board members, including:
- Abbot (Lake Bluff, Illinois);
- AbbVie (Chicago);
- Astellas (Washington, D.C.);
- Baxter Healthcare (Deerfield, Illinois);
- BDO USA (Chicago);
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Durham, North Carolina);
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Boston);
- Boston Scientific (Marlborough, Massachusetts);
- Bristol-Myers Squibb (New York);
- Eli Lilly & Co. (Indianapolis);
- Grant Thornton (London);
- Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ (Newark, New Jersey);
- Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, New Jersey);
- JPMorgan Chase & Co. (New York);
- Moss Adams (Seattle);
- Novo Nordisk Inc. (Plainsboro, New Jersey);
- Roche Diagnostics (Indianapolis);
- Sanofi US (Bridgewater, New Jersey); and
- Verizon (Basking Ridge, New Jersey).
About the honorees
All of the companies on Working Mother's top 100 list offered fully paid maternity leave, compared with just 35% of companies nationwide. According to Working Mother, companies on the top 100 list offered an average of 11 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, up from 10 weeks last year and nine the year before. The top 10% of companies on the list offered an average of 15 weeks this year.
In addition, nearly all of the companies on this year's list offered parental support benefits beyond maternity leave, Working Mother reports. For instance:
- 99% of honorees offered paid paternity leave, compared with 29% of companies in the United States; and
- 99% of honorees offered paid adoption leave, compared with 28% of companies in the United States.
Honorees offered an average of six weeks of paid paternity leave, with the top 10 companies offering an average of nine weeks. And in regard to childcare:
- 91% offered backup childcare;
- 68% offered sick childcare; and
- 36% offered on-site childcare.
Subha Barry, president of Working Mother Media, said, "The programs and policies for working parents created by all of the 100 Best [Companies] set a standard of excellence, and we applaud them for continuing to innovate and address the needs of this important talent sector" (100 Best Companies 2018 list, Working Mother, accessed 9/27; 100 Best Companies 2018 Data Snapshot, Working Mother, accessed 9/27; Rege, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/26; Working Mother press release, 9/25; Working Mother methodology, accessed 9/27; Working Mother Best Companies snapshot, accessed 9/27).
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