09/12/2005

Magazine Rates WVUH “Best” for Working Mothers

Top 100 list compiled by asking tough questions

New York, N.Y. –A Working Mother magazine survey has found that despite the growing popularity of compressed work weeks, job-shares, telecommuting and other workplace flexibility options, two out of three working mothers believe there is still a stigma attached to using flextime options that their companies allow.

West Virginia University Hospitals is one of the companies working to eliminate this bias by offering its working mother employees not just flexibility, but advancement opportunities as well. 

"We salute West Virginia University Hospitalsfor their efforts on behalf of working mothers, and for making the 100 Best," said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media.  "It is my hope that other companies around the country learn from the best and experience first-hand the value of flexibility as a business imperative."

Along with medical, prescription and dental benefits, WVUH benefits include dependant care reimbursement, scholarships for children of WVUH employees and an employee assistance program. Both full- and part-time employees of WVUH are benefits eligible.

In addition to employee benefits, WVUH houses an onsite child development center that currently serves 127 children. The center provides traditional daycare services, back-up care, before- and after-school care for school-age children, as well as holiday and school break care for school-age children.

WVUH also offers employees flexible scheduling including flextime, compressed work schedules, part-time hours, job-sharing, and telecommuting.

“Female employees are an essential part of our workforce at WVU Hospitals, and represent the majority of our employees. Of WVU Hospitals’ 3746 employees, 2876 – or 83 percent – are women,” said Cindy Klein, vice president of human resources at WVUH. “We are extremely proud that we can provide women with attractive benefits, services and the flexibility and stability they need to continue their careers as mothers. We are honored to receive this acknowledgement by Working Mother magazine.” 

In surveying the companies that applied for this year's list, particular weight was given to questions in three areas: flexible scheduling, the most critical benefit for working mothers; child-care options, because without them parents can't work; and time off for new parents, because it's critical for mothers to bond with their newborns without suffering professionally. 

To apply for the Working Mother 100 Best, WVUH provided Working Mother magazine with detailed information on eight areas of work/life including: childcare, culture, flexibility, parental leave, women's advancement,  total compensation, work/life culture, and family-friendly programs. WVUH completed a 550-question application, the most rigorous of its kind, which checked the availability, tracking and usage of programs to support working mothers, the accountability of managers to implement programs and the successful advancement of women into top paying jobs, board positions and management ranks. WVUH was also required to submit benefits handbooks and results of employee surveys. 

The complete list of the Working Mother100 Best Companiescan be found at www.workingmother.com.

About Working Mother:

Founded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches nearly 3 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers.  Its 20-year signature initiative, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
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