Thursday, September 16, 2010
SC Johnson named one of the nation's top companies for working moms
"SC Johnson is pleased to be recognized by Working Mother for our commitment to retaining and building upon programs and benefits that help working parents find the right worklife balance," said Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson. "Sustaining a family-focused culture where people can be productive and well-balanced is fundamental to our success. SC Johnson applauds those companies that are moving forward with their business goals while also providing families the support they need. We are thrilled to be included in this list."
According to the Pew Research Center Study*, 40 percent of working moms say they always feel rushed but are no less happy than moms who don't work. Understanding the challenges that working moms face helps SC Johnson recruit and retain a strong workforce. As part of this year's recognition, Working Mother gave particular weight to benefits, flexibility and parental leave, all of which are available to working parents at SC Johnson.
While the Working Mother 100 Best Companies continue expanding their benefits, those at companies nationwide lag. Just 44 percent of American companies offer telecommuting (vs. 100 percent of the 100 Best), 17 percent offer formal mentoring (vs. 95 percent), and 37 percent offer health insurance for part-timers (vs. 100 percent). In contrast, SC Johnson, and all of the 100 Best Companies, offer paid maternity leave, lactation rooms, flextime, mental health consultations and elder-care resources; and 98 percent offer health screening and wellness programs--particularly significant in a stress-inducing, poor economy.
"Twenty-five years ago, we made a bold decision to launch our Best Companies initiative and challenge businesses to address the unique needs of working mothers," said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media. "The immense influx of women into the workforce demanded changes in workplace culture as companies strove to keep working moms' talent and loyalty. Today, we celebrate our winners' untiring commitment to their employees through an impressive array of programs."
"Families are important to us - SC Johnson's family history is part of the foundation that makes us a great place to work," said Gayle Kosterman, Executive Vice President - Worldwide Human Resources for SC Johnson. "The various programs we offer are in place to help people balance their lives, which in turn, contributes to the company's overall success."
Profiles of the 100 Best Companies, as well as national comparisons, are in the October issue ofWorking Mother and at workingmother.com/bestcompanies.