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West Michigan companies rate among 'best' for working mothers

September 20, 2013
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Working Mother magazine’s mission is to support and empower working moms in “their pursuit of success — however they define it.” Photo via workingmother.com

Two West Michigan employers rate among Working Mother magazine’s ‘100 Best Companies’ for moms in 2013.

‘Best’ Michigan employers for moms in 2013

Herman Miller, Zeeland
Kellogg, Battle Creek
Dow Corning, Midland
Chrysler Group, Auburn Hills
Valassis, Livonia

Herman Miller

Working Mother's 100-best compilation recognizes Herman Miller for providing “a plethora of kid-friendly activities,” including Halloween parties and Santa Claus visits.

The office furniture manufacturer helps parents find childcare and save up to $5,000 annually in dependent-care accounts.

Working Mother said 30 employees’ teens earned college scholarships last year worth up to $2,500. The scholarships were funded by company board members, senior leaders and the Herman Miller Foundation.

Thirty-nine percent of the company’s workforce is women, and 32 percent of Herman Miller managers and executives are women, according to Working Mother.

Kellogg

At Kellogg, women employees take advantage of the Women of Kellogg resource group.

The group provides its 1,200 members with mentoring and sponsorship initiatives, leadership development programs and workshops on topics such as personal branding, negotiation tactics and work-life balance.

Working Mother also highlights Kellogg’s generous tuition reimbursement, which provides up to $10,000 annually, and has been used by many working mothers to further their education.

Thirty-five percent of the company's workforce is women, and 33 percent of Kellogg managers and executives are women, according to Working Mother.

Methodology

If you’re wondering how to make your company a “best company for working mothers,” the magazine highlights schedule flexibility, women’s advancement programs and paid family leave as musts.

The survey, with more than 550 questions, also looks at a company’s workforce representation and childcare assistance.

Working Mother surveys the availability, usage and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them.

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