09/25/2006

WVUH Again Rated “Best” for Working Mothers

Magazine’s Top 100 list compiled through detailed questionnaire

 

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. –It’s a delicate balance for working mothers between the demands of their work and home lives. West Virginia University Hospitals continues to take steps to improve that balance, and was once again recognized as a Working Mother 100 Best Company by Working Mother magazine.

For 21 years the magazine has celebrated employers whose groundbreaking benefits – from flexible schedules and child care to innovative leave policies for new parents – are helping redefine workplace standards across the nation.

WVUH was ranked on the list along with Kraft, Harvard University and Proctor and Gamble. The complete list of the 2006 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found at www.workingmother.com

“WVUH is exceptional for its continuing commitment to working mothers, and we salute them for making the 100 best for the second straight year,” said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media. “Every year we see companies upping the ante, establishing new paradigms for quality of life among their employees and redefining the status quo for workplaces across the country. Among the many worthy entrants, the winners really set the gold standard.”

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

Medical, prescription and dental benefits are also offered, as well as dependent 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 174 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. The child development center recently opened a new “Toddler Suite” adding 22 spaces, and provides services for children six weeks to 10 years of age.

 “We are pleased to receive this recognition from Working Mother magazine for the second consecutive year,” said WVUH President Bruce McClymonds. “It is important to us to be able to provide attractive benefits and services to our women employees to enable them to balance their work and home life. Female employees continue to be a vital part of our workforce as the majority of our employees, 78%, 3,193 of 4,099 are women.”

In surveying companies that applied for this year’s list, particular weight was given to questions in two areas: flexible scheduling, the most critical benefit for working mothers; and leave time, because it is essential for parents to be able to take time off from work, whether it is to bond with a newborn or be at home with children during their formative years.

To apply for the Working Mother 100 Best, WVUH provided Working Mother magazine with detailed information on seven areas of work/life balance including: workforce profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs and company culture. WVUH completed an application of more than 500 questions, 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 position and management ranks. WVUH was also required to submit benefits handbooks and supporting documentation.

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 21-year signature initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America.  

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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